To register online or view a full schedule of workshops, visit www.mastergardeners.ext.wvu.edu. Participants can register for the full conference, plus additional workshops and day tours. The price for the full conference is $100 for Master Gardeners and $110 for the general public.
The conference is sponsored by Marion County Master Gardeners, West Virginia Master Gardener Association and WVU Extension Service.
Contact Cassie Waugh: Cassie.wa...@mail.wvu.edu, 304-293-8735 (office), 304-376-1829 (cell).
Pre-emergent still applies
Gardeners know that pre-emergent weed killers need to be applied before the forsythia blooms, to beat the weeds. With our early spring, I've had a lot of questions about whether products like Preen are still effective. Even though a lot of weeds have already emerged, there are still a lot of weeds to come. So it's not too late to apply!
West Virginia State University Extension Service will host a workshop focusing on composting from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Rock Lake Community Life Center, 801 Lincoln Drive, South Charleston.
"More gardeners than ever are composting to recycle plant material in order to enhance their soil," says Scott Byars, program leader for agriculture and natural resources. "Our hope is to shed some light on how to create alternative compost bins while encouraging youths to participate in this recycling effort."
Topics in the workshop will include information on alternative "green" compost bins, troubleshooting tips and composting with kids. Each participant will receive their own wire composting bin.
A registration fee of $20 is required. Please contact the WVSU Extension Service offices at 304-204-4319 to reserve your spot in the workshop.
Roane Grown taking orders
The good folks at Roane Grown Nursery in Spencer are taking orders for spring plants. Among their new offerings are Astilbe 'Fanal,' Coreopsis 'Cosmic Eye' and a lovely Aruncus 'Misty Lace' (goatbeard).
Always a favorite at Capitol Market, their stall opens April 15. If you want to order before then, visit www.lwfperennials.com. You can call them at 304-927-2115 but they prefer emails: lonewil...@lwfperennials.com.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.