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Master Gardeners have tips on growing gourds, building worm bins and holiday wreaths

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 19 October 2016 at 7:33 am
Photo by Kristina Gabalski: An autumn gourd display is shown at Hurd Orchards in Holley. Master Gardeners will explain how to grow, dry and craft with ornamental gourds during their annual Fall Education Series underway now at Orleans County Cooperative Extension. 

Photo by Kristina Gabalski: An autumn gourd display is shown at Hurd Orchards in Holley. Master Gardeners will explain how to grow, dry and craft with ornamental gourds during their annual Fall Education Series underway now at Orleans County Cooperative Extension.

KNOWLESVILLE – Master Gardeners will cover several topics in upcoming workshops, from managing woodlots to building worm bins.

The next program in the 2016 Orleans County Master Gardeners’ Fall Education Series is “Creating Your Forest Management Plan” on Monday, Oct. 24, with Jena Buckwell. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Education building’s Harrington classroom at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds in Knowlesville.

Buckwell will discuss how woodlot owners can develop a forest management plan and how to use that plan to meet land use goals, work with local conservation agencies, and make the most of your land.

On Nov. 14, Brenda Radzinski will present “Ornamental Gourds” at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrington Classroom.  Radzinski will discuss growing and drying ornamental gourds and preparing them for decoration and birdhouse building. Examples of completed decorative and birdhouse gourds will be available for viewing.

Jena Buckwell returns On Nov. 28 with “Build Your Own Worm Bin.” The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Harrington Classroom.

Participants will learn how to build their own eco-friendly year-round compost bin and how to care for it.  Learn the benefits of using worm castings to enrich your garden soil and get your own bin started off right.  The program includes one bin and 500 worms.

The ever-popular “Wreath and Centerpiece Making” workshop is set for Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Trolley Building.  Master Gardeners will guide participants through the process of creating a Holiday centerpiece or wreath with fresh greens. Learn which greens last the longest, basic floral design, and how to care for your centerpiece or wreath. Please bring pruners and gloves.

Registration is required for each program.  Register via email at krh5@cornell.edu or by calling 585-798-4265 ext. 26. There is a charge for each program. Click here for more information.

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