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Helping Marylanders improve health and save money by growing their own food using sustainable practices.

Our vision is 1 million Marylanders producing their own affordable, healthy food.

 

2020 GIEI Class Descriptions

Harford County Library

Topic

GIEI or Garden Series

Description

Date/Time

Aberdeen

Beginning Gardening

GIEI

Doesn't spring weather make you want to get your hands dirty in the garden?  This class will help you decide what kind of garden you wish to start, where to place it, how to be certain that the soil is ready and good for growing, and how to know what to plant and where to plant it. You will also learn about plant hardiness and planting zones, and about the important dates in a gardener's life.  We will discuss proper care of seedlings, and seeds. Basic Vegetable Gardening is a class to give the novice gardener all the basic information necessary to begin the popular hobby of gardening. 

May 9

11:00-12:30

Abingdon

How to Attract Bugs to the Garden (Good Bug, Bad Bug)

GIEI

Not all insects are pests. In fact, there are a great many good bugs for your vegetable garden. Many growers recognize the help provided by beneficial insects as well as the injury done by harmful ones. This course is designed to help you determine whether the bug you see in your garden is harmful or helpful and how you can attract the "good bugs" to your garden.

Free seeds for all participants.  Registration is required.

March 28 

10:30-noon

Eden Mill

Basic Vegetable Gardening

GIEI

Doesn't spring weather make you want to get your hands dirty in the garden?  This class will help you decide what kind of garden you wish to start, where to place it, how to be certain that the soil is ready and good for growing, and how to know what to plant and where to plant it.

You will also learn about plant hardiness and planting zones, and about the important dates in a gardener's life.  We will discuss proper care of seedlings, and seeds. Basic Vegetable Gardening is a class to give the novice gardener all the basic information necessary to begin the popular hobby of gardening.

May 23

10:30-12:00

Edgewood

Family Gardening (with Children)

GIEI

Come get your hands dirty planting an herb planter.   Learn how to plant herbs, grow them and harvest the leaves for home cooking. Each family pair will take home one outdoor herb planter filled with seeds and an herb plant for growing at home. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required and limited to 24 total attendees.

May 2

10:00-11:30

Edgewood

Companion Gardening

GIEI

Companion planting/gardening is a way to maximize the efficiency of your garden. For almost every vegetable you grow, there is likely to be a beneficial companion plant that will help increase soil nutrients, chase away pests, or provide some other benefit.  For example basil and tomatoes were made to go together, not only in sauces but in the garden, too!

March 21

10:30-12:00

Fallston

Container Gardening 

GIEI

Small outdoor space? You can still garden effectively using containers. Discussion on defining your objectives, best practices and effective ideas to make the most of Container Gardening.

Free seeds to all participants.  Registration is required

April 4 

10:15-12:00

Havre de Grace

Gardening with Herbs

GIEI

Learn how to grow, use and care for a variety of popular herbs in the home garden or in containers. We will discuss how herbs can be used for companion planting, also tips for harvesting and drying.

May 16

10:30-12:00

Jarrettsville

Salad Box

GIEI

A Salad Box is a great way to grow a variety of leafy greens in a small space.  Watch a demonstration on how to build a simple salad box to grow fresh, flavorful greens in any season.  Take a look at our sample boxes that are "greens in progress” and discuss how you can get started producing greens such as spinach, arugula, kale, radish, mizuna, leaf lettuce and mustard.

March 7

10:15-12:00

Jarrettsville

Advanced Vegetable Gardening

GIEI

Are you looking to grow the best vegetable garden ever? Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or interested in cultivating your skills throughout the growing season, Master Gardeners will help you dig deeper into soil preparation, transplanting, plant care, pest management, harvesting, and season extension.  Join us to learn how to get the most out of your vegetable gardening efforts.

May 9

10:15-12:00

Jarrettsville

Basic Vegetable Gardening

GIEI

Doesn't spring weather make you want to get your hands dirty in the garden?  This class will help you decide what kind of garden you wish to start, where to place it, how to be certain that the soil is ready and good for growing, and how to know what to plant and where to plant it.

You will also learn about plant hardiness and planting zones, and about the important dates in a gardener's life.  We will discuss proper care of seedlings, and seeds. Basic Vegetable Gardening is a class to give the novice gardener all the basic information necessary to begin the popular hobby of gardening.

April 18

10:15-12:00

Joppa

Container Gardening

GIEI

Small outdoor space? You can still garden effectively using containers. Discussion on defining your objectives, best practices and effective ideas to make the most of Container Gardening.

Free seeds to all participants.  Registration is required

March 12 6:30 PM -7:45

Joppa

Organic Vegetable Gardening

GIEI

Garden naturally. Learn what is meant by organic gardening. Is your understanding comparable to what is practiced?  Discussion includes best practices, USDA, and ideas on more sustainable gardening practices.

Free seeds to all participants.  Registration is required

April 15 

6:30 PM -7:45

Norrisville

How to Attract Pollinators to the Vegetable Garden 

GIEI

Is your goal to grow a better yielding garden; then you want to attract more pollinators. Learn which plants bring in the birds, bees and other pollinators. Better pollination is critical to a healthy garden. Free seeds for all participants. 

Registration is required

May 2

10:30-12:00

 

 

Organic Gardening 

Master Gardeners will teach sustainable, organic methods of gardening for homeowners.Focus will be on choice of seeds and/or seedlings, soil, chemical free gardening, and integrated pest management.  

Avoid the Tomato Blues

Master Gardeners will provide information on growing tasty tomatoes in your home garden.  Our discussion will focus on growing from seed vs. transplants, soil, watering, training, pruning, fertilizing and general care.  Also you’ll learn about combating plant pests and diseases to avoid the tomato blues this summer!

Gardening with Children

Children benefit from growing plants so start them young.  Help your child to learn the "magic" of planting seeds and watching them grow into beautiful flowers and healthy vegetables. This program is designed for children from 3 to 93.  Everyone will learn a variety of fun ways to plant and care for seeds. Expect to get your hands dirty! An adult must accompany the child participant. Adults may attend without a child.

Seed Starting Class

Experience the joy of starting your favorite vegetable plants from seed using an indoor lighting system in your own home.  Gain the essential knowledge needed to properly harden off seedlings for transferring them into your garden.  Using this technique is fun and easy and will make the harvest all the sweeter!  

Basic (Vegetable) Gardening

Starting a vegetable garden is great family fun!  This class will provide you with the necessary information to create your own successful garden.  Best practices in site planning, soil preparation, seed and plant selection, garden maintenance, and pest management topics will be presented.  

Beyond the Basics in Vegetable Gardening

Want to build on your knowledge from last year’s gardening experience?  This class will provide growing tips on specific vegetables, information about composting and fertilizers, and specific ways to deal with pesky weeds, animals, insects, and plant diseases.  Registration is required. 

Composting 101

Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of composting, learn what can and cannot be composted, gain insight into a variety of methods for composting food waste, and be able to demonstrate their understanding of the composting process.  The cost of the class is $5.00 per participant for the course held at the extension office, the class is free at the library. Registration is required

Yearning for Herbs

Are you yearning to add herbs to your garden beds and in your cooking but don’t know where to start?  Learn best practices for growing your favorite herbs and explore some great ways to add them to your diet.  Discover some interesting facts about how adding herbs to your vegetable garden beds can improve your vegetable production.  Participants will receive one or two herbs to take home.  

Plant Propagation class

Come join the Harford County Master Gardeners to learn how to start new plants from ones found in your home, garden, or yard.

Taught in the late summer...Grow It, Eat It, Preserve It

This workshop will demonstrate recommended water bath and pressure canning methods focusing on food safety, proper canning equipment and tested recipes.

Cost includes handouts, fruit/vegetables, lids and jars, and use of canning equipment. Also, included in your registration fee is a food preservation cookbook with updated tested recipes and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver, including information on water bath and pressure canning, pickling, jams and jellies, freezing and drying.Registration includes It’s So Easy To Preserve publication.

 

For more information, contact:

Joyce Browning

University of Maryland Extension Consumer Horticulturist
Harford County Agricultural Center
University of Maryland Extension, Suite 600
3525 Conowingo Road,
Street MD, 21154

jbrowni3@umd.edu(link sends e-mail)
410-638-3255
410-638-3053 FAX

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