Classes For Gardeners Who Are New to Rutherford County

Master Gardeners have heard many questions from new residents of our county. They range from “how do you grow anything in your rock and clay soil” to how do you deal with the insects, heat, and humidity. For that reason, we have designed a 4-week class especially for new-comers that will address these gardening issues.

There is no charge for the classes. They will be held each Saturday morning during March at the Linebaugh Library. All classes will begin at 9:00 am, when the library opens, and last about an hour. Our classes are informal, and questions are encouraged.

Saturday, March 4: HOW CAN YOU GROW IN CLAY AND ROCK? Tennessee soil, temperatures, humidity, and how to work with it. How to improve your soil, understand the challenge of long periods of hot summer, learn about humidity caused diseases, and how to deal with insects when winter isn’t cold enough to kill them off.

Saturday, March 11: WHAT VEGGIES THRIVE IN ZONE 7A? There are vegetables that will thrive in every environment. You might not be able to grow rhubarb here, but you can learn the veggies and cultivars that love Tennessee summers.

Saturday, March 18: FLOWERS FOR ZONE 7A If the flowers you love don’t like Tennessee, let us suggest annuals and perennials for sun and shade that do well here. You might even find some new favorites.

Saturday, March 25: YOU CAN SQUEEZE IN AN EXTRA GROWING SEASON There is an advantage to living in a warm, humid climate. We will show you how to extend your garden for another growing season …or two.

Registration is appreciated. We'll begin the month in the 2nd floor Conference Room at Linebaugh. The remainder of the March classes will be in the 2nd floor Meeting Room.

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