Have you ever wanted to grow your own berries? Fresh homegrown berries are a summer treat. It can be rewarding to grow berries in your own garden for your own use or to sell at market. Gardeners can learn about establishing berries in their garden during All About Berries, which is the first seminar in the Get Into Gardening Series for 2018. This seminar will provide an overview of production, weed and insect control, and general management suggestions for growing small fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with an introduction to growing small fruit. This presentation, presented by Andrew Holsginer, will give gardeners the initial steps to establishing berries, including site selection, soil testing, site preparation, variety selection and proper planting techniques. The second presentation, given by Bruce Black, will cover seasonal management strategies including trellising, pruning, irrigation, harvesting berries and post-harvest handling tips. The final presentation, presented by Ken Johnson, will cover pest management. This presentation will cover pests and disease that are commonly encountered in berry plants and how to identify and manage them.
All About Berries will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 9 – noon at the Morgan County Extension Office in Jacksonville (104 N. Westgate Ave.). Registration can be completed on line at: web.extension.illinois.edu/ccgms or by calling the Morgan County Extension office at 217- 243-7424. Registration fee is $10.