Register By Feb. 15th For 12- Week Education/Service Program

By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD

News & Journal Editor

With snowy weather just now besieging us and frigid temperatures nipping at our noses, it is not the season conducive to asking ‘How does your garden grow”.  However, it’s not too early to begin thinking “Spring”!  And certainly, the WVU Extension Service is doing just that while it makes preparations to begin this year’s Master Gardener program.

If you’re an avid gardener or perhaps just want to learn more to improve your skills, this educational/service program may be for you!  Samantha Cogle, WVU Extension Service’s Agriculture and Natural Resource agent, is coordinating the program for both Harrison and Marion County residents.

“Attendees learn some of the science behind gardening basics during the 12-week course.  There is a wide array of topics,” she said, “… everything from botany to entomology (garden pests), soil composition, vegetable gardening, ornamental landscape design, pruning and propagation, etc.  For some, it may be all new to them, and for others, it is a way to broaden what they already know.”

Each week it is a new topic.  Cogle herself will provide some of the teaching, but featured speakers will also be included – specialists from Morgantown and from the Department of Agriculture.

She said that participation varies, but last year there were about ten who enrolled in the classes in Harrison County.  Enrollees are also a mix of all ages as well as skill levels – some being gardeners with some experience and others with not much gardening knowledge at all but who are eager to learn.  All participants interested in becoming a Certified Master Gardener, however, must realize that it is more than just gardening education; they must understand that community service is also part of the program and they agree to offer 40 hours of service through either helping with community…

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