Learn to garden with Five Town adult education

Feb 08, 2013

Rockport — Five Town Community School District Adult and Community Education will be holding several gardening classes during the next few months.

If one has has already been perusing seed catalogs, they will want to start with Selecting Vegetable Varieties on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Taught by Bob Emmons, former professor of plant science at the State University of New York, his classes are full of expert advice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Emmons will also be teaching Soils and Fertilizers on Tuesday, March 12, Gardening Myths and Mistakes on Tuesday, March 26, and Lawns on Tuesday, April 9.

Certified Master Gardener and Fedco grower Sharon Turner will be teaching two classes. Plan – Garden – Cook – Eat! Is the perfect class to get a new gardener from seeds and seedlings to enjoying the things they have grown. Her Designing Your Landscape class allows participants the opportunity to travel to each other’s property where individual plans will be developed.

Two seed starting classes will be offered this spring — Tomato Seed Starting by tomato expert Sharon Stone on Monday, March 18, and Starting Seeds on Monday, April 8 by Jeanne Hollingsworth of Camden’s Garden Institute. For some bigger gardening items, the annual offering of Pruning Fruit Trees will be held on Saturday, March 30 at Hope Orchards, and the growing trend of Permaculture will be taught by permaculture designer Jesse Watson, in a four-week class beginning Thursday, March 7. Another popular annual is Grow Your Own Organic Garden by Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, which will held on Wednesday, April 3 this year.

In addition to these classes on outdoor gardening, there are three additional garden-related classes.. Make sure one is ready for the work of gardening with the two-week workshop Ergonomics for a Healthy Gardener, with physical therapist Dr. Katie Snow, beginning Thursday, March 14. If one wants some nutritious greens before the garden will have them, learn all about growing indoor Sprouts and Microgreens at the two-night class on April 2 and 4, with decades-long microgreens expert Toni Sanchez. And lastly, don’t forget the latest trend in gardening — Backyard Chickens. This class will be taught on Thursday, March 21, by Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, a chicken owner who was instrumental in changing Camden’s zoning ordinances to allow small flocks of chickens.

Contact Five Town CSD Adult Ed at 236-7800, ext 5 or fivetowns.maineadulted.org to register or get more information. All classes will be held at Camden Hills Regional High School, 25 Keelson Dr., Rockport.

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