Scratch garden itch with classesThe urge is on with an early spring to get going on selecting and growing plants and trees on the North Shore.
The urge is on with an early spring to get going on selecting and growing plants and trees on the North Shore. Master gardeners in Lake County will feed the fever with a four-part seminar beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It is designed to help gardeners meet the challenges of gardening next to Lake Superior. Classes will be at Two Harbors High School and two of the four will be repeated at Silver Bay High School. The classes run in successive weeks.
The first class Tuesday is “Seed Starting” and will guide you to select varieties for climate hardiness. Both vegetables and annual flowers will be covered. You will plant several seeds during the class. All materials will be supplied, but you may wish to bring garden gloves. Register now by contacting Community Education in person, online at the website www.isd381. k12.mn.us, or by calling 834-8201 ext.8230 (Two Harbors) or 226-4437 ext. 8137 (Silver Bay).
“Garden Design” is April 20 in Two Harbors and May 13 in Silver Bay. Learn about important site factors that will affect gardens and landscaping. Photos will include past Mystery Garden tours and public garden sites. Registration is requested.
The third class, “Trees” is April 27 in Two Harbors and May 11 in Silver Bay. Find out about selection, planting, pruning, management and pest control. Dress for the weather to take an outside walking tour on school grounds. Registration is requested.
The final class of the series, “Container Planting,” is May 4 in Two Harbors only. Learn about appropriate soil amendments, flower and pot choices, and maintaining plants. Participants need to bring garden gloves and one 8-10-inch wide pot to class. All other materials will be supplied. Register by April 23.
All classes run from 6- 8 p.m. There is a registration fee. Each class is independent of the others. Lake County Master Gardeners are a volunteer organization of University of Minnesota Extension and may be contacted through the Lake County Extension Office at 834-8469.