Beat down those winter blahs and start getting ready for spring! The Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension (SCCCE) Master Gardeners have organized a day of speakers, food and gardening information to help you prepare for the 2018 gardening season.
The workshop will be held Saturday, March 3rd at the Ovid Fire Department, 2136 Brown Street (just off of Route 414/96) in Ovid from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Price for the workshop is only $30.00. There will be plenty of coffee, tea and refreshments for the morning break and a homemade buffet lunch at noon. Participants will also receive handouts, free seeds and valuable gardening information from some very knowledgeable speakers. There will also be a question and answer session with Master Gardener volunteers and door prizes.
The first workshop, “Introduction to Container Gardening” starts at 9:15AM with Gary Chicoine who retired from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) and has been a Master Gardener for 17 years. Gary will talk about creating a container garden as a great way to grow your own vegetables and herbs, whether you’re short on space, don’t have a lot of time, are new to gardening, or simply want an easy way to add to your existing garden area. With a little forethought, your container garden can be as attractive as it is useful, adding to the beauty of your landscape while also providing a bounty of fresh vegetables and herbs. Slides will show the many possibilities in container gardening, and the accompanying narrative will highlight more practical information one might wish to consider with this type of gardening.
After a brief coffee break, “Herbs: How to Grow and Use Them” will be presented by Moira Tidball, Nutrition Issue Leader at Seneca County CCE and an avid gardener and culinary enthusiast and Natalie Roche, a senior at Cornell University studying the relationship between plants and human health. Did you know that fresh parsley contains more calcium than milk by gram weight? Mo and Natalie will be discussing the health benefits of growing and eating herbs with tips on how to prepare and preserve herbs for future use. Natalie will discuss specific plant compounds and their beneficial effects for human health. Mo will provide recipes and tips for consuming herbs along with food preservation information for storing herbs. Taste samples will be provided along with recipes, nutrition information, and strategies for growing a healthy herb garden.
A lunch break, featuring homemade soups, fresh salad, bread and great homemade desserts is followed by “Master Gardener Top Gardening Tips: Learning From Experience” presented by two of our Master Gardeners; Ann Cobb, a retired plant pathologist (Cornell University-NYSAES) who did research on diseases of vegetable crops for 35+ years, and Lynne Anderson, retired English teacher and currently a vendor at the Seneca Falls Farmer’s Market, specializing in houseplants, cut flowers, veggies, and yard art. They will use a Power Point presentation to illustrate all sorts of favorite gardening ideas selected from the Seneca County Master Gardeners’ experiences. They will discuss gardener-tested methods for growing vegetables, annuals, herbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees. There will be tips for soil health, choosing a site, creating and maintaining a garden, landscape design, crop specific ideas, and a “pep rally”.
The day concludes at 2 PM when Master Gardener volunteers will be available to answer any questions. There will also be free seeds and some very nice door prizes! All monies raised are used to support the Master Gardener program at SCCCE, a not-for-profit educational system. Interact with other gardeners and start preparing for your spring gardening projects.
Registration by March 1st is encouraged as space is limited. To register, call 315-539-9251 or register online: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/letsgarden2018_245.
$30 per person
Ovid Fire Department
2136 Brown Street
Ovid, NY 14521