Get Into Gardening

Gardening can be an incredibly rewarding activity. Whether you want to get in some physical activity, de-stress after work, get back in touch with nature, or grow your own food, gardening can do all of those things and more. Gardening may seem intimidating at first, especially if you don’t have a green thumb, but once you figure out the basics, a world of opportunity awaits.

Join University of Illinois Extension in learning the basics of gardening with the Get Into Gardening seminar series. This seminar series will take participants through the basics of gardening from where to place and how to build a garden, to how to grow some of the most popular garden plants.

The following seminars will be offered as part the Get Into Gardening series for 2018:

All About Berries—Saturday, February 24 at 9 am

Learn about growing small fruits (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) from general care, to proper pruning and pest management.

Growing Tomatoes—Wednesday, March 7 at 6 pm

Learn the ins and outs of growing the most popular garden crop, tomatoes.

Growing Herbs—Wednesday, March 21 at 6 pm

Find out about growing common herbs like basil, mint and oregano.

Growing Corn in the Garden—Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm

Learn about growing sweet, pop, and ornamental corn.

Gardening for Butterflies—Wednesday, April 25 at 6 pm

Learn about different types of plants that attract butterflies and caterpillars, as well as other things to do in your garden to make it more attractive to butterflies.

Home Hydroponics—Wednesday, September 12 at 6 pm

Just because the gardening season is starting to wind down it doesn’t mean you have to stop growing. Learn about how you can keep the growing season going indoors using hydroponics.

Perennial Vegetables—Wednesday, October 10 at 6 pm

While most vegetables we grow are annuals, some vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb can provide a harvest year after year.

Seminars will take place at the Morgan County Extension office in Jacksonville (104 N. Westgate Ave.). For more information or to register visit or call 217-243-7424.

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