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January Environmental & Community Horticulture Programs

The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Environmental & Community Horticulture Programs for January 2018. These programs are being offered by the Alachua County Master Gardeners.

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – January 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Newberry Library Branch (110 S. Seaboard Dr, Newberry) by Colin Burrows, Master Gardener

Learn to start a vegetable garden using the square foot gardening technique. Bed construction, soil preparation, vegetables that can be grown, and pest control will be covered. There is no cost for the class.

This program is limited to 50 participants.

Starting Seeds – January 9, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 N.E. 39th Ave., Gainesville) by Brenda Campbell, Master Gardener

Learn to start seeds indoors as an alternative to using transplants. This presentation will discuss how seeds grow, timing of planting seeds, supplies needed for starting seeds and how to make a grow light. There will not be actual seed planting.

There is no cost to attend these classes. Participants must pre-register at least three days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

Trade Invasives for Beauty – January 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (4700 S.W. 58th Drive, Gainesville) by Susie Lyons, Master Gardener

Invasive plant species displace native species in yards and natural areas. This program shows how to identify problem species and how to get rid of them. Participants will learn about Florida-friendly plants that can be planted instead.

The class is included in the admission into the park and the ticket allows participants to reserve a seat in the class. Participants pay the $8 entrance fee into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens at the greeting desk (free for those with a membership). This program is limited to 80 participants.

For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402.

An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.

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