2017 Montgomery Grown Gardening Series

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Montgomery County Cooperative Extension is excited to announce a NEW gardening series. This series will include in-person, hands-on classes, as well as online classes. Please register in advance for these classes. There is a 25 person maximum limit of attendees for all hands-on, in-person classes. Online classes have no limit. If less than 10 people sign up to participate, then the class will be postponed and participants will be notified prior to the class. Take a look at what will be offered below.

Live Courses

All Live courses will be held at the Montgomery County Extension Office from 6:00-7:15 p.m. 


21st: Soil 101:  Ever wondered why your vegetable or ornamental plants have trouble growing year after year even though you fertilize and water them? Have you ever taken a soil sample or have you taken one and have had difficulty understanding what the analysis means? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this class may be for you. Join Brad Thompson, the Montgomery County Horticulture Agent as he discusses the soils of Montgomery county and how to make the soil work for you. Register

28th: Soil 201 (Pre-requisite: Soil 101)  Join Brad Thompson, Montgomery County Horticulture Agent, as he continues to discuss how to make your soil work for you. The key components to this class is understanding the nutrients, how to properly take a soil sample, how to understand your soil analysis, and how to properly calculate nutrient needs based upon the soil report. Register


15th: Fruit Tree Care: Do you have fruit trees on your property and don’t know what to do with them? Do you have fruit trees that produce a lot of fruit each year, but never really size up? If so, then join Brad Thompson as he discusses how to properly maintain your fruit trees. This class will cover fertilization, water requirements, pest management, pruning, thinning, and maturity. Register


18th: Container Gardening:  Are you short on land or space to plant a garden? Well, join Brad Thompson as he discusses and demonstrates how you can use containers to grow just about any crop or flower you could imagine. All you need is a sunny spot on your patio, deck, or porch. Register


6th: Chickens 101:  Have you ever wanted to go out and collect your own eggs from your own backyard without having to go to the grocery store? If so, join Jamie Warner, Montgomery County Livestock Agent, for a tutorial on what you will need to raise chickens in your backyard. This class will also delve into rules and regulations of having livestock on your property. Register

14th: Growing Pumpkins:  Have you ever wanted to grow pumpkins for fun or to see if you could grow a HUGE pumpkin? If so, then plan on joining Brad Thompson as he discusses pumpkin production and what varieties to use in Montgomery County. If you would like to grow a Giant pumpkin, then Brad will also discuss what you need to do to try and achieve your goal. This class will also allow participants to participate in the annual Giant Pumpkin contest. Cost to enter the Giant Pumpkin contest is $5 and the winner will be declared at the Small Town Festival in Troy in October 2017. Register


18th: Food Preservation:  Have you wanted to start canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, but just don’t feel comfortable doing it? Then please join Hayley Napier, Union County Food and Consumer Science Agent, as she demonstrates and discusses how to properly can and freeze certain fruits and vegetables. This class will focus mainly on beginner level food preservation practices. Register


15th: Season Extension:  Do you wish you could keep your tomatoes going well after that first frost or freeze in the fall? If so, then join Brad Thompson as he discusses season extension using low and high tunnels to not only prolong your growing season but also get a jump on the growing season in the winter. This class will focus on low and high tunnel production and the materials needed to construct these structures as well as potential funding available for high tunnels. Register


TBD: HOT TOPIC – GMO vs. Hybrid vs. Heirloom:  This class is tentative. The focus of this class is to describe the differences between GMO, hybrid, and heirloom crops. This class will also focus on the benefits and the unbeneficial characteristics of each. Register

Online courses

All Online Courses will take place from 12:15-1:00 p.m. Emails will be sent out to participants prior to the course with directions on how to join the course.


7th: Variety Selection (Online):Got tons of seed catalogs and not enough space to plant all the varieties you want to plant? Join Brad Thompson as he discusses specific variety selections of different crops and why some of the varieties in the seed catalog will and won’t grow here in the Montgomery county. Register


4th: Lawn Care (Online): Join Brad Thompson as he discusses how to properly maintain your lawn in order to suppress weeds and keep the grass looking as healthy as possible. The class will focus on grass species, planting dates, proper lawn care techniques, fertilization application, and water requirements. Register


9th: Pest Management (Online):  Join Brad Thompson as he discusses proper pest management options for homeowners and growers. This class is designated to help individuals combat against pests in their gardens and landscapes by using appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. This class will also discuss organic options for pest control in gardens. Register


25th: Fall Garden Planning (Online):  Did your summer garden not get planted or not doing well? Then don’t fret because you can try again in the fall for many crops. Join Brad Thompson as he discusses what crops you can grow in the fall and what you need to do to plan for a successful fall garden. Register


29th: Fall Lawn Care (Online):  Do you know the best time to reseed your lawn or what you can do to maintain a healthy lawn during the cold months? If not, please join Brad Thompson as he discusses what you need to do in the fall so that your lawn remains healthy through the winter months. This class will focus on reseeding, fertilization, and keeping your lawn green when your grass goes dormant. Register


20th: Christmas Tree Care and Maintenance (Online):  Do you buy a fresh Christmas tree every year? Have you noticed that some of the needles start dropping soon after you buy it? If so, join Brad Thompson as he discusses how to properly take care of your Christmas tree so it will last well beyond Christmas morning. This class will focus on watering, additives, Christmas tree production, and Christmas tree types. Register

Remember; registration is required for each class. Sign up for any or all of these classes.