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Advanced Gardener Program 2019 – Monthly Presentations at Your Local Library

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Patrick Beaver Memorial Library – 2nd Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m.

Newton Library – 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-7 p.m.

Maiden Library – 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Stay up to date about all of the classes, workshops, cooking classes, tours, and activities – sign up for the Catawba County Extension monthly newsletter.

Be sure to visit these pages for Catawba County Gardening:

Catawba County Gardening Home Page

Annual Garden Calendar for Catawba County

Project Homestead – Grow Your Own Food on Less than 1 Acre in Catawba County

Homesteading – Eat a Salad From Your Garden Everyday

Homesteading: Grow Your Own Food – Planting Schedule

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2019 Advanced Gardener Curriculum

Jan – Pruning, Planting, and Management for Trees and Shrubs

Feb – Lawn Management Boot Camp (Guest Speaker – Dr. Adam Smith)

Mar – Soil, Composting, and Fertilizers

April – Organic Vegetable Gardening

May – Weeds You Should Know and How to Kill Them (Guest Speaker – Dr. Adam Smith)

June – Garden Diseases and Disorders

July – Fire Ants – History, Biology, and Control (Guest Speaker – Tom Dyson) (Please note that the Newton Library presentation – Tuesday July 16 is cancelled for the Demonstration Farm Tour as part of Eat Drink and Be Local)

Aug – More Flowers in Your Landscape (Guest Speaker – Anelle Ammons)

Sept – Mushrooms – Foraging and Cultivation

Oct – Seed Saving and Plant Propagation

Nov – Garden Produce – Storage and Preservation

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These presentations are free and open to the public. Persons can attend programs of interest or attend all presentations for program certification. This year’s curriculum will offer two different certification programs:

Master Gardener Certification:                Cost: $100

Requirements – Attend all 11 presentations, complete 10 hours of extension workshop education , complete on-line quizzes and exams, complete weed collection project, complete home landscape project, complete 1000 ft2 garden design project, complete 40 hours of community service in gardening activities.

Register now for the 2019 Master Gardener Program

Advanced Gardener Certification:                Cost: Free

Requirements – Attend 9 of the 11 presentations, complete 20 hours of service/learning activities.

For more information on the Master Gardener or Advanced Gardener program, contact George Place at 828-465-8247.

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Monthly descriptions:

Jan –Pruning, Planting, and Management for Trees and Shrubs

Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about pruning, planting, and managing trees and shrubs. From hydrangeas to blueberries, appropriate management is something that everyone can do to improve the health of their landscape and fruit producing plants.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Feb – Lawn Management Bootcamp

Join Dr. Adam Smith, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Turf and Weed Management Specialist in a presentation about lawn management. Lawn management is expensive and time consuming – why not do it right? Learn about fertilizing, mowing, seeding, and pest management in your lawn.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Mar – Soil, Composting, and Fertilizers

Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about soil, composting, and plant nutrients. Turn your kitchen scraps into valuable fertilizer, learn about soil testing, and build the foundation for landscape and garden success.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

April – Organic Gardening

Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about organic gardening and the various ways to manage pests, kill weeds, prevent diseases, and deliver needed plant nutrition to your garden.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

May – Weeds You Should Know and How to Kill Them

Join Dr. Adam Smith, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Turf and Weed Management Specialist in a presentation about how to better manage weeds in your lawn, landscape and garden. You can win the war against weeds with the appropriate knowledge and strategy.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

June – Garden Diseases and Disorders

Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about garden and landscape diseases and disorders. Learn how to tell the difference between viral infection, nutrient deficiency, or sun scald damage. We will talk about practices that you can use to avoid pest problems and minimize the need for pesticide applications.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

July – Fire Ants – History, Biology, and Control

Join Tom Dyson, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about fire ants. Learn about the history of this insect, how it became such a challenge, and how you can minimize their impact on your landscape. This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Aug – More Flowers in Your Landscape

Join Anelle Ammons, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Home Horticulture and Green Industry Agent in a presentation about strategies to get more color into your landscape throughout the season.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Sept  – Mushrooms – Foraging and Cultivation

Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about mushrooms. We are surrounded by delicious mushrooms and deadly mushrooms. This presentation will put you on the path to becoming a confident mushroom hunter. We will also talk about how easy it is to grow your own mushrooms. This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Oct – Seed Saving and Plant Propagation

Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about seeds saving and plant propagation. You will learn how to select and save seeds with proper technique. We will also discuss how to share your favorite plants with cuttings, layering, division, and more.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Nov – Garden Produce – Storage and Preservation

Join Dr. George Place, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director in a presentation about how to dehydrate, freeze, can, pickle, and ferment some of your favorite garden produce items. You can improve food security, eat more produce, and save money by preserving your garden bounty.

This presentation is part of our Advanced Gardener series designed to help both beginner and advanced gardeners enjoy all of the health, enjoyment, and learning that comes from managing the home landscape and growing some of your own produce.

Come out and join our gardening community. The Advanced Gardener series is fun, entertaining (I hope), and designed for brand new gardeners as well as folks that have been gardening for decades. You'll love it or your money back - guaranteed!