Thursday, February 19, 2015

Getting serious about gardening

photo courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of Ada, Oklahoma

I've dabbled a bit with vegetable gardening. Nothing major. I have three raised beds and have grown tomatoes, zucchini and squash with varying degrees of success. Last summer we were so busy with our Happyland Music Alliance business that I didn't plant so much as a single tomato plant. 

But this year is going to be different. I am determined to have a successful garden. So when I heard that our church would be hosting a 12 week horticulture and gardening class I was delighted. Last summer several church members put in a beautiful garden on our church property (see photo above). The church also hosted a canning class, although I wasn't able to attend that. 

I think it's really cool to see churches doing this sort of thing. The classes are open to the community. Tonight was the first class and my parents are taking it with me. It is being taught by various people who are affiliated with the OSU Extension Center. Tonight's class ran almost 2 hours and was quite detailed. I'm glad I have a bit of a background in chemistry and have also read a lot about gardening over the years or some of it would have gone over my head. 

Now I just need to get a soil test and start planning what I want to plant. I can't wait for spring! 

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