On Saturday, Feb. 25, Howard County Master Gardeners (MG) will be holding a series of one hour vegetable gardening classes at University of Maryland Extension offices located at 3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City. The following one hour classes will be presented with breakout sessions after the class to answer questions:
At 10 a.m., MG Kent Phillips will demonstrate how to start vegetable transplants for lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choi, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and squash under florescent lights. Attendees will learn what types of florescent fixtures and bulbs work best, when to start each particular type of plant, care of the plant while indoors and how to harden transplants off prior to planting them in the garden.
At 11 a.m., Gloria Lambert will teach a “Vegetable Gardening for Beginners” class. This class will teach novice vegetable gardeners several ways to create a vegetable garden from scratch, where to locate the garden, how to do a soil test and interpret the results, the best vegetables to grow in central Maryland, and care of the garden through the gardening year.
At 12 p.m., MG Jerry Kissel will teach a class on integrated pest management (IPM) for the spring vegetable garden. Jerry will describe the pests and diseases commonly found in the spring garden. He will explain how IPM can be used to minimize the impact of those pests and diseases on your vegetables while still being friendly to the environment and your health.
If you are interested in attending any of these classes, please call the Extension office at 410-313-2707 to register.
University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.