Pella Chronicle

Agriculture

March 23, 2012

Marion County Extension News & Notes

Pella — Marion County Extension is once again offering short Saturday hands-on workshops beginning March 31. Each workshop is designed to help residents get ready for the grow- ing season.

Workshops will be held from 10:30 until approximately noon at the new Extension Office location, 210 N. Iowa Street (at the corner of Pleasant and Iowa St., just east of Hardee’s in Knoxville). Preregistration is required for the Living Pansy Wreath Workshop, Herb Gardening Workshop, and “Bucket Bowls” Workshop.

Living Pansy Wreath Workshop—Welcome the arrival of spring with a pansy wreath to brighten your front door! In this class you will create a lush, colorful, living wreath by planting a moss-lined wire frame with pansies and ivy. Material will be available to purchase or bring your own. Class size limited; pre-registration required. Instructed by Karen Ackley, Marion County Master Gar- dener.

Rain Barrels & More—Why rain barrels? Why compost? You’ll learn the whys and hows at this informative workshop conducted by Holly and Joel Gettys of Rain Barrels Iowa. The couple is passionate about sustainability and you’ll appreciate their journey as well as learning about their rain barrels and composters. Both will be available for sale.

Controlling Gophers, Moles, Voles & Other Garden Critters Without Poisons— This seminar will cover the basic steps one can take to minimize or eliminate the damage to a garden, farm or landscape from burrowing pest animals such as gophers, voles, moles and ground squirrels, as well as other larger animals such as rabbits, raccoons, opossum, skunks and deer. Instructed by Marla Mertz, Marion County Naturalist.

Herb Gardening— Come to this class if you’d like to learn more about growing herbs—how to plant, prepare, harvest and use them. Bring a small container if you’d like to create your own tabletop herb garden (plants will be available to purchase or bring your own.) Class size limited; preregistration required. Instructed by Karen Ackley, Marion County Master Gardener.

“Bucket Bowls”—Learn how to make ”Bucket Bowls” (trough gardens, planting bowls and containers made out of papercrete, a mixture of shredded newsletters, Portland concrete and perlite.) If you would like to make your own, bring an apron or old shirt, rubber gloves, and a large heavy metal or wooden serving spoon. Class size limited; registration required. Nominal material fee. Instructed by Marlys Anderson, Marion County Master Gardener.

To register or for more informationm, contact Karen Ackley, Ag/Horticulture Assistant, Marion County Extension Office, 641-842-2014, kackley@iastate.edu.

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