To All Gardeners: It’s Time to Make Plans

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True gardeners love the winter! Why do you think that is? I can tell you that it is because they need the down time to make plans for next year. They make plans, because all gardeners have a secret, hidden deep in their hearts…the next year will surely be the best year..perfect rain, no late frost, no Japanese beetles, kudzu bugs or stinkbugs and absolutely no blossom end rot. The true gardener is the perfect example of an “eternal optimist”. That’s why they continue to make their plans and order seeds and maintain a compost pile, no matter what!

Does this sound a little bit like you? You don’t have to tell anyone, but don’t many of us promise ourselves each fall that we’ll do better by our gardens next year. If you’re tired of hiding your secret from others, maybe it’s time to bring it out in the open. But you’re not alone. You can join a group who are proud to shout to the world, “my compost is ready” and then post it on Facebook.

The Burke County Extension Master Gardeners are gearing up for the 2014 class and if you’ve been yearning to become a better gardener, now is your chance. The class covers many facets of gardening, from lawns to vegetable gardens and everything in between. Meeting on Wednesday mornings from 9-12 at the Extension office, participants will get not only classroom work but also hands-on activities as well. In exchange they agree to give forty hours of volunteer time in the next year to help promote horticulture in Burke County.

Burke County Master Gardeners are well respected for not only their gardening knowledge but also for their sense of civic pride and their desire to give back to the community. If this sounds like something you would like to become a part of, give our office a call at 439-4460 and we’ll send out an application and answer any additional questions you might have about the program. Applications must be in no later that December 20.

Come and join us in the new-year and become a better gardener as well as a Master Gardener.

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