Gardening 101 Class Series
For those who are relatively new to gardening and interested in learning useful tips, tricks, and best practices, we will be having a ‘Gardening 101’ class series at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Rutherford County office this April. Classes will be held outside in the garden and are open to the public free of charge (pre-registration is required).
COVID-19 protocols: masks will be required at all classes and we will be following distancing and sanitation guidelines.
Class Topics and Schedule
Thinking about Gardening?
April 7, 2021, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.; Class description: Before you run out and buy a carload of plants and dig a hole in red clay, it’s worth taking time to think about your gardening goals. Things to consider before starting a garden as well as several plans for easy starter flower, herb, and vegetable gardens will be presented.
Tree and Shrub Planting 101
April 14, 2021, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.; Class description: This class is perfect for anyone interested in planting shrubs and trees in the landscape. We’ll cover best practices as well as common pitfalls that can lead to a decline in plant health over time.
Soil Smarts: Healthy Soil for Healthy Plants
April 21, 2021, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.; Class description: Come get down in the dirt with us! This class will cover ways to work with your native soil and get it in good shape for your garden plants. We will also talk about how to build better soil for raised beds and fix soil issues such as compaction and lack of fertility. There will be hands-on activities, so please wear clothes that you’re okay with getting dirty.
Vegetable Gardening Basics
April 28, 2021, from 4:30–6:30 p.m.; Class description: Are you wanting to grow vegetables in your garden this year? If so, this class is perfect for you! We will be talking about how to know what vegetables can be grown each season in Rutherford County, how to use a planting calendar, proper plant spacing, planting techniques, and more.