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March 15, 2010 Horticulture Column


Spring is fast approaching and so is Gardening Saturday, March 15.  We will be hosting the day beginning at 1 pm  at the armory, adjoining the courthouse.  The main topic of conversation will be grape production and wine making.  I will also talk about spring lawn care, using a different approach.  Todd Wienmann will also be talking about getting your plants started and keeping them alive to provide a bountiful harvest.  There is a $5 fee to cover expenses of soil and other materials needed for the day.  We should be done by the time the State B basketball games start, hoping 4 pm.  This will lead quite nicely into the Hunger Free Garden Initiative.  This initiative is designed to help those in need of food.  Every year we, as gardeners’ have fruit and vegetables we throw away making this effort very worth the effort.  We can deliver the food to any food pantry to be distributed to any needy participants and also the eldery that can no longer take care of a garden.  What a great and easy way to enhance the lives of so many.  So watch for this in future articles and how we can all be involved in this effort.

With spring fast approaching so will the grass start showing more and more.  As the snow melts we may find some frustrating findings.  The amount of snow we had, this past winter, will likely producer snow mold.  This will look like webbing across the area infected.  The best way to address the problem is raking the area lightly and I would recommend applying a pound of grass seed in that application.  I am not going to go any further as that was going to be part of my visit on Saturday.  The other areas of concern for early spring lawn care is should we aireate and fertilize the area.  Should we also add a little grass seed to the mix?  These are all items that will be addressed on Saturday.  What I am really trying to do is to invite to attend Gardening Saturday and learn more about not only lawn care but also grape production.  Every year I get so many questions about grapes and this is the opportunity for you to learn more about grape growing and wine making.


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