Learn more about gardening this winter

| December 29, 2014

COSHOCTON – Beat the winter blahs this year by taking part in a new workshop series being offered by the local Master Gardeners.

“We are always trying to come up with new ideas to entice people to take part in our programming,” said Tammi Rogers, program assistant, ag and natural resources and county master gardener volunteer coordinator. “We thought maybe some fun, hands-on sessions with an educational component would be a neat way to introduce more people to gardening.”

The programs begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and are all held in Room 145 of the County Services Building at 724 S. Seventh St. Topics and dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20 – Forcing Branches & Bulbs: Learn how to bring blooms indoors and take a dish of narcissus home.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 17 – Cool Containers: Veggies & Flowers: Get to know what plants “play well” together and take home some design ideas.
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Decoding Plant & Seed Labels & Make Seed Balls: Learn how to read plant labels and seed packets for greater growing success. Make and take seed balls to scatter where you’d like some summer color.

“I collected ideas that the Master Gardeners have given me throughout the year and came up with three (classes) that I thought might be the ones most usable to new or seasoned gardeners,” Rogers said. “Participants will learn about the topic and also go home with information and materials to take home and do, and even share, during the long winter days.”

The cost for the classes is $10 per person/per session or $25 per person for all three sessions.

“We try to include all types of gardeners and levels of expertise,” Rogers said. “These sessions would even be good for younger gardeners, fourth or fifth graders.”

She is most looking forward to the March 17 class and the lesson on seed balls.

“I haven’t done it yet and am really looking forward to making some and, of course, tossing them around to see how it works,” Rogers said. “That class will also be one that you get to put your hands in soil, clay and seeds. By March, gardeners are ready for that.”

Registration deadline is one week before each session and a registration flyer can be found at http://go.osu.edu/blahs or at the OSU Extension Office. For information, call 622-2265.

“Gardening is one of those hobbies that can take as much time as you’re willing to give,” Rogers said. “You could have a few containers on the porch or a couple acres. It also is a pretty cost-effective hobby. Soil and seeds are pretty inexpensive and a lot of gardeners love to share their plants so it’s easy to get started.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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