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Coming To A Garden Near You!

Mary Ridout, University of Idaho ExtensionWashington County


What’s happening at the University of Idaho Extension Washington County office these days? If we are talking looking forward to spring, plenty! Right now, with snow falling and thawing to mud in alternate cycles, gardening is growing on everyone—all puns intended! We are soooo ready to ditch the mud and snow and start planting into warm damp earth! Not so fast, however. We have a lot of pre-season work to do!


Let’s get started with roses! They need pruning, and if you haven’t already done it, now is the time! Not sure where to start? UI Extension, the Weiser Garden Club, and the Hillcrest staff are leading a service-learning project at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weiser. Coming this Saturday this event will start at 10 AM and run util 1 PM with a brief hands-on training every hour on the hour. Learn the difference between rose types and their pruning needs while providing much needed service to our cemetery. Did you know there are over 400 roses there? The dedicated staff need your help! Come on up and let’s beautify our community! Don’t forget to layer, with a stout pair of warm boots and some tough gloves to battle thorns!


If that just tickles your taste buds for spring, let’s not stop there! UI Extension is rolling out an all new garden program this year called GROWERS. Our introductory session is coming fast on Friday, March 19 from 1 to 5 PM at the UI Extension Washington County office on 116 W. Idaho Street in Weiser! We will start where it all starts with making more plants! Seeds, slips, cuttings, grafts, divisions, and tricks of the plant-proliferating trade will be the order of the day. Learn to select, plant, save, and store seeds; take slips and cuttings from almost anything; and keep the plants you love going for generations. From then on, the fun gets rolling! The current schedule promises more gardening learning adventures this year.
April 23, 2021: Flowers for low maintenance
May 14, 2021: Tree School: identification, care, problem solving
June 11, 2021: Vegetable production
July 16, 2021: Bugs and Bees: managing pests and pollinators
August 20, 2021: Grass Production Graduate School: lawns to pastures
September 17, 2021: EMT training for plants: diseases and disorders
October 15, 2021: Weeds: Plants noxious and obnoxious
November 12, 2021: The down and dirty: soil science (harvest dinner)
 Don’t miss out! Find out more on the 19 th ! Or call us today: 208-414-0415.

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