Online Staff Report
Starting a vegetable garden can be a very confusing and intimidating process if it’s something you’ve never done before. University of Illinois Extension is offering a series of programs this fall and spring to help you get started in vegetable gardening.
The Beginning Vegetable Gardening series will provide you with the basic information about starting a vegetable garden in your own back yard or at a community or school garden plot. From choosing a site to managing your pests, this program will cover everything you need to know.
The series will start this fall with programs on site selection, building raised beds, cool-season crops, extending the growing season and garden planning. Next spring, the series will continue with a variety of other basic programs, like seed starting, warm-season crops, planting and garden care, vegetable pest and disease management.
The first program of the series, “Site Selection and Raised Beds,” will be offered at the Ogle County Extension office at 421 W. Pines Road in Oregon, Ill., from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16.
Placement is really everything in a vegetable garden, and the first step is to choose a site and analyze the soil. This is something you can start doing this fall in preparation for starting a garden in the spring. Extension horticulture educator, Candice Miller, will teach you about the best location for a vegetable garden, how to take a soil test, and find out the benefits of raised beds and how to easily build a raised-bed garden.
To register for this program, contact the University of Illinois Extension office at (815) 732-2191 or visit web.extension.edu/bdo. The cost for this program is $5, or you can pay $12 for the series of three programs.
The series will continue with “Cool Season Vegetable Crops and Season Extension” from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, and “Garden Planning and Variety Selection” from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at the Ogle County Extension office in Oregon, Ill.
From the Sept. 11-17, 2013, issue