Horticulture Extension Agent

With the holiday season now behind us, you may have been working on some New Year’s resolutions. Some of those resolutions may include gardening. You may have a resolution to try gardening as a new hobby, grow some of your own food, or spend more time outside. Gardening is a great way to fulfill some of those goals.

Wayne County Extension is excited to repeat a popular gardening workshop series in 2019 called “Gardening in Wayne County.” This workshop series is designed to help beginner and advanced home gardeners learn the basics of gardening and landscaping. A different gardening topic will be covered each month. You can attend all the workshops or just ones you are most interested in. The workshop provides information to not only answer common garden questions but to also provide recommendations for one’s garden to successfully grow.

Jan. 23 will be the first workshop, Gardening Basics. This workshop will help you learn more about what you need to know before you plant. All workshops will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Below is the entire 2019 workshop schedule:

• Jan. 23 — Gardening Basics: What to Know Before You Plant

• Feb. 13 — Pruning in the Garden

• March 13 — Growing Fruits and Pecans

• April 10 — Growing Vegetables and Herbs

• May 15 — Lawn Care Basics

• June 12 — Growing Flowers: Perennials and Annuals

• Aug. 14 — Plant Propagation Basics

• Sept. 4 — Pest Management in the Garden

• Oct. 9 — Woody Ornamentals: Trees and Shrubs

• Nov. 13 — Growing Healthy Soils: Soil Testing and Fertilizers

Workshops will be held at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office at the Maxwell Center, 3114B Wayne Memorial Drive.

The cost per workshop is $5. Pre-registration is not required. Arrive a few minutes early to pay before start of the workshop.

For more information, contact the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office at 919-731-1520 or email Jessica.Strickland@waynegov.com.

Happy gardening in 2019!

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Upcoming Wayne County Extension gardening programs

2019 Bee School will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2 and 9, at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office, 3114B Wayne Memorial Drive. Registration is $60 per individual or $85 per couple/family. Early registration is encouraged. There are two easy ways to register and pay: Mail registration form and check to Beekeepers of the Neuse, P.O. Box 977, Goldsboro NC 27533-0977; or register on site beginning 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office. Make checks payable to Beekeepers of the Neuse. Registration forms are available at the Wayne County Extension Office or by visiting www.BeekeepersOfTheNeuse.com.

Growing Muscadine Grapes Workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Farm Credit Farmers Market, located behind the Maxwell Center at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive. This workshop will cover the basics of muscadine grape care such as variety selection, site preparation and fertilization. Much of the workshop’s focus will be on how to properly prune grapevines. The workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Arrive a few minutes early to register before start of workshop. For more information, call the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office at 919-731-1520.

Growing Blueberries Workshop will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Farm Credit Farmers Market, located behind the Maxwell Center at 3114 Wayne Memorial Drive. Learn how you can grow fresh blueberries in your own garden. In this workshop, we will cover site and variety selection, pruning and fertilization. The workshop is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. Arrive a few minutes early to register before start of workshop. For more information, call the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office at 919-731-1520.

Jessica Strickland is an agriculture extension agent specializing in horticulture for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County.