Extension Workshop Lets Novice Gardeners Learn From Experts

Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners will offer workshop, follow-up sessions at Shawnee Town 1929 Museum

Published on: Mar 20, 2013

If you have been thinking about planting a vegetable garden and just haven't gotten around to it or if you'd love to grow your own fresh veggies but aren't sure how to proceed, then the Shawnee Town 1929 Museum has a class for you.

An initial workshop titled "So You Want to Grow a Vegetable Garden!" is slated for 10 a.m. this Saturday (March 23), from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The class will be held in a classroom setting at the museum's own heirloom garden and students will get a chance to learn about how to start a garden or improve an existing one from the Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners.

The initial workshop will discuss site selection, soil assessment/amendment, planning, planting, irrigation, and fertilization.  Instructors will include information on container vegetable gardening.  Bring a sack lunch.  Drinks will be provided.

The goal for the Master Gardeners is to help newcomers discover the joy of gardening and the rewards of fresh, homegrown produce.
The goal for the Master Gardeners is to help newcomers discover the joy of gardening and the rewards of fresh, homegrown produce.

Benefits for beginners

For beginners, however, this class has added benefits. There will be follow-ups to the original workshop on the third Saturday of each month from April through August to help gardeners stay on track and solve problems that may pop up during the growing season.

Each follow-up class will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. You can bring your questions or even your plants to the sessions and get advice from the experts.

The goal for the Master Gardeners is to help newcomers discover the joy of gardening and the rewards of fresh, homegrown produce. Students will be encouraged to bring in some of the bounty of their efforts to share with their classmates as the gardening season progresses toward harvest.

The cost for all six sessions is $35. For more information on the program, contact Shawnee Town 1929 Museum at 913-248-2360.