Master Gardener course
I will be starting my fall session of the Extension Master Gardener course on Sept. 10. It is a 10-week course designed to provide horticultural and gardening knowledge to gardeners of all abilities and to train volunteers to assist the WVU Extension Service in educating the gardening public. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Homeowner Education and Community Center at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 815 Court St.
Course topics will include botany, soils, fertilizers, landscaping, vegetable gardening, composting, plant diseases, insects, pest management and more. Those completing the course are asked to complete 30 hours of community service to become a Certified Extension Master Gardener.
A materials fee of $100 is due at the first class, and an application must be submitted by Sept. 6 to the WVU Kanawha County Extension Service. Applications can be found at Kanawha.ext.wvu.edu/mastergardener/course or can be picked up at 4700 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., Suite 101, Kanawha City.
Upcoming gardening classes
If you aren't able to do the full Master Gardener course but want to learn about gardening this fall, I will have a series of free workshops from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, also at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
The first workshop, on Sept. 14, is "Grow Green! Planning and Planting the Fall and Winter Veggie Garden." To register, visit http://conta.cc/19KbBHy or contact Amy McLaughlin at the ReStore at 304-720-0141, ext. 22, and leave a message.
Future classes will be: "Grow Great Garlic" (Oct. 19), "Preparing the Landscape for Winter" (Nov. 2), and "Caring for Holiday Plants and Christmas Greens" (Dec. 7).
John Porter is the WVU Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources in Kanawha County. He may be reached at john.por...@mail.wvu.edu or at 304-720-9573. Twitter: @WVgardenguru.