Grow on

tomatoes on vineThe Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County has a morning of spring gardening workshops lined up for April 6 (a Saturday). It looks like it could be a good way to get up to speed on starting a garden.

There are three classes in the lineup:
9-9:45 am: plant propagation ($10)
10-10:45 am: preparing your garden for spring ($5)
11-11:45 am: tool maintenance (including "weed whacker care") ($5)

Easy scan descriptions are after the jump. If you sign up for all three, the fee is $15.

The classes are at the Sustainable Living Center in Schenectady's Central Park (the greenhouses). Call 372-1622 for more info and registration.

All descriptions from CCESC:

Plant Propagation will be held at the greenhouses at the Sustainable Living Center in Central Park on April 6 from 9:00-9:45am. Participants will learn how to propagate plants from cuttings, root divisions, seeds and layering techniques. Each participant will have the opportunity to start a variety of plants for their own garden. New this year: growing plants from kitchen scraps. Cost for this class is $10.
Preparing Your Garden for Spring will also be held on April 6 at the Sustainable Living Center. This class will run from 10:00-10:45am. Participants will learn why healthy soils are key to healthy plants. Bring in a dry soil sample from your own garden or lawn (1/2 cup of soil, 4" deep for lawns and 8" deep for gardens) for analysis. Cost for this class is $5.
Tool Maintenance will again be held on April 6 at the Sustainable Living Center. This class will run from 11:00-11:45am. Participants will join a Master Gardener for an informative, hands-on class that covers general garden tool maintenance, including tool sharpening, lawn mower and weed whacker care. Cost for this class is $5.

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