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 you through the basics of gardening from where to place and how to build a garden, how to grow some of the most popular garden plants, to saving seeds.
The following seminars will be offered as part the Get Into Gardening series:
Gardening 101—Wednesday, February 15 at 6 p.m.
Learn the basics of gardening including where to put a garden, how to build a garden, garden layout and pest management.
Seed Starting—Wednesday, February 22 at 6 p.m.
Tips and techniques for starting seeds and hands-on seed starting.
Cool Season Plants—Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m.
Find out about growing different flowers and vegetables that prefer cool temperatures like broccoli, peas and pansies.
Tree Fruit Care and Pruning—Saturday, March 18 at 9 a.m.
Learn the ins and outs of tree fruit production from cultivar and site selection to pruning and pest management.
Root Crops—Wednesday, April 12 at 6 p.m.
Find out about growing common root crops like carrots, beets and radishes.
Cucurbits—Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.
Learn about growing cucumbers and squashes.
Tomatoes, Potatoes, and Peppers! Oh My!—Wednesday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
Learn how to grow some of the most popular garden crops, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers.
Fall Gardening—Wednesday, August 2 at 6 p.m.
Gardening doesn’t have to end when the calendar turns to fall. Learn about the crops that can be grown and other garden and yard activities to do in the fall.
Seed Saving—Wednesday, August 23 at 6 p.m.
Find a flower or vegetable you really like? Learn how to save seed so you can grow them next year.
Planting Wildflower Seed—Wednesday, September 6 at 6 p.m.
Ever wanted your own wildflower garden? Come learn why fall is the ideal time to plant wildflower seeds and how to go about doing it.
Seminars will take place at the Morgan County Extension office in Jacksonville (104 N. Westgate Ave.). For more information or to register, visit go.illinois.edu/GetIntoGardening or call 217-243-7424.