Gardening series entitled “Pepper Pointers, Garlic Guidance and Asparagus Tips” to be presented March 1, 8, 15
Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 4:20 pm

GOUVERNEUR -- Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a three-part gardening series entitled “Pepper Pointers, Garlic Guidance and Asparagus Tips.”

These classes will help both new and experienced vegetable gardeners to maximize yield and personal satisfaction, while keeping cost and stress to a minimum.

The series will be taught by Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, and will meet Wednesdays, March 1, 8, and 15, from 6-8 p.m., at Gouverneur High School.

Cost is $10 per class, or $25 for the whole series.

To register, or for more information, contact Debra White, Family & Consumer Science, Gouverneur Middle School, by emailing [email protected] or call 315-287-1900.

The class schedule is:

March 1: The Lowdown on Soil: Get the latest dirt on soil testing, plant nutrient requirements, site selection, garden layout and design, and starting seeds at home. And, it’s all relative(s)—learn which veggies belong to what families, and why it’s important to know.

March 8: A disease-free garden is nothing to sneeze at: Get updates on recent garden diseases, including some 2016 arrivals, as well the news about what to expect in the near future. Changing weather patterns and new pathogen strains are making it harder than ever to manage plant diseases. Learn about plant disorders, and how to best manage them.

March 15: Looking for trouble, and reaping the benefits: Over the past several years, a number of new and significant garden pests have arrived in the area. Find out how to identify and manage the new pests, and deal with the old ones in the process. Learn strategies for dealing with plant nutrient imbalances, and best practices for the harvest, handling and storage of your precious produce.

For more information, contact Paul Hetzler, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, at 315-379-9192, ext. 232.