Master Gardener: Another successful Bonanza and what’s ahead

By Donna Tatting—

The Chisago County Master Gardeners held their 15th Annual Spring Gardening Bonanza March 16 at the North Branch Area Senior High School.  We had a great turnout with over 150 people in attendance to take advantage of the 12 classes and listen to this year’s keynote speaker, Stan Tiekela, an author, naturalist and wildlife photographer.   What a wonderful way to chase those winter blues away.  We certainly hope you can join us next year.

Coming up are our remaining three Spring Series classes.  April 2 is General Vegetable Gardening, 6 to 8 p.m., then on April 9 is New Perennials and Annuals for 2013, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and lastly, Square Foot Gardening, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  All classes are held at the North Branch Senior Center, 38799 7th Ave., The cost is $5 per class per person. You can register by calling 651-277-0151.

Seems this winter just doesn’t want to let go, but the snow has to melt sometime, followed by the soil warming up. Then the perfect conditions to start the growing season arise.  Master Gardener Dianne Patres will present our class on vegetable gardening. It’s great for the beginner or the expert.  Master Gardener Donna Tatting will present new Perennials and Annuals for 2013.  Donna has worked in the garden center industry for over 11 years, and always has a keen eye out for the latest introductions.  And finally, Master Gardener Mark Stuart will teach Square Foot Gardening.  Square Foot Gardening is a simple system that adapts to all levels of experience, physical abilities and locations.  It takes up only 20 percent of the space of a conventional row garden, uses far less water, saves time and money and is far less work.

So don’t despair, we all know this snow and cold can’t last forever.  But until the warmth of spring and summer arrive, take some classes and join us in getting excited about gardening.

— Donna Tatting is a Master Gardener in Chisago County


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