Extension to host gardening program this fall

Extension to host gardening program this fall

The fall series of the University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and backyard food production, will be underway again soon.

The first session of the series, “Daylilies: Perfect for the Garden and Collecting,” will be offered at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, and 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11.

Daylilies, known for their trumpet-shaped florets, are easy to grow and are suitable for all types of landscapes in Illinois. Beyond the basic care and maintenance of day lilies, participants will experience the variety of colors, patterns and forms now available, from classic “ditch lilies” to elegant double-blooming varieties, all in colors of lavender, red, orange, yellow and everything in between.

“Getting Your Feet Wet with Rain Gardens” will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, and 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25. Participants will learn how to reduce their impact downstream by building a rain garden. Extension horticulture educators Andrew Holsinger and Chris Enroth will introduce participants to the concepts and construction techniques of a successful rain garden, as well as discuss which plants work best in rain gardens.

“Hydroponics for the Home Gardener” will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7. This session will provide a brief overview of some of the hydroponic systems that are suitable for small-scale production. In addition, it will provide an outline to success for those interested in starting a small-scale hobby hydroponic project. It will cover aspects such as fertilizer selection, timing and most suitable crops for use in a home hydroponic system.

All sessions will be presented via computer at the Macoupin County Extension Office, located at 60 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville. The cost is $5 per session, and advance registration is required.

To register, call (217) 854-9604, email aholsing@illinois.edu or register online at web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm by clicking on the event listed under the “register online” area on the right side of the page.