University of Illinois Extension is starting off the gardening season by offering four programs to help you get your garden ready.
The spring gardening series offers “Sustainable Lawn Care,” “Vegetable Garden Planning,” “Bug Invaders of the Foreign Kind” and “A Gardening Calendar.”
Each program will be offered twice, and each session will be $5 per person, or $12 for the series.
Following are details about each of the four programs:
• Sustainable Lawn Care — 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, or 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12: Homeowners can manage their lawns in a more sustainable way by modifying many of the tasks we normally do throughout the year. Learn how to work with the natural cycles your lawn goes through and better understand the best times to fertilize, top-dress, sod, reseed and irrigate to give you the results you expect.
• Vegetable Garden Planning — 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, or 7 p.m., Thursday, April 26: Growing your own backyard vegetables is a rewarding family project. But how much should you plant, what planting layout will optimize sunlight exposure for all the crops, where should you place your garden, and how do you prepare the soil? This program will help you decide how much to plant based on average yield per plant and your family size. You will also learn the best place to plant a garden and how to prep the soil to ensure you maximize your harvest.
• Bug Invaders of the Foreign Kind — 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, or 7 p.m., Thursday, May 10: Emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, brown marmorated stink bug, and multicolored Asian lady beetle are just some of the alien insects that have been found in the U.S. and Illinois. The identification, biology and management of these and other invaders will be discussed. The program will also address some of the reasons for what appears to be an increase in these invaders.
• A Gardening Calendar — 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, or 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24: Spring is always a busy time in the garden. But what about summer, fall and winter? Each season has its own beauty, but what needs to be done year around to ensure you have the garden/landscape of your dreams? Let this program provide gentle reminders of what to do all year round.
All programs offered in this spring series will be at University of Illinois Extension in Ogle County in the Farm Bureau Building at 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon, Ill. The presentation will be via the University of Illinois telenet system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois. If interested, call Ogle County Extension at (815) 732-2191 and reserve a seat and packet of information, or register and pay using the secure website at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue