Home Horticulture Classes - Rock Island County
Date:Mon, 3/18/2019 - Mon, 4/22/2019
Time:7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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University of Illinois Extension has a great line up of educational classes that will be offered as part of their Spring Series of Home Horticulture. All sessions will take place on Monday evenings March 18 – April 15 from 7 -9 pm at Illinois Extension. There are five weeks in the series plus an extra DIY workshop on April 22. Here are the varied topics: growing giant pumpkins; straw bale gardening; adding yellow/gold foliaged plants for color; growing and uses of hops; how to make mead. In addition, there is a DIY workshop planned for April 22 on growing edible mushrooms.
March 18th - Growing Giant Pumpkins - Need an idea for an extra 900 sq. feet of gardening space? How about growing a 1579 pound pumpkin? This isn't a plant it and forget it project. Nurturing pumpkins to giant size requires daily (some might say crazy) effort. Let Marc Petersen and Dan Carlson show you how to pinch, prune and snip your way to giant greatness. Be prudent - accepting this challenge may make you passionate about pumpkin.
March 25th - Straw Bale Gardening - Are you trying to garden in limited space or do you have mobility issues? Straw bale gardening may provide an answer for you. Davenport gardener Lee Ann Wille has been experimenting with this method for the past three seasons. She'll share her experience, go over the pros and cons, and provide information on how to get started with this breakthrough vegetable gardening method.
April 1st - The Midas Touch - Think beyond green in your landscape by adding a splash of gold to create a focal spot or create a color accent. Martha Smith, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator will discuss recent plant introductions that offer a variety of yellow/gold foliaged plants. You can add gold with evergreens, trees, shrubs, groundcovers and perennials. Find out how you can add the Midas Touch to your garden.
April 8th - How To Grow And Utilize Hop Plants - Think hops are just for flavoring and preserving beer? Nope. This vigorous, climbing, herbaceous perennial has various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine. Let Lori Gravel from Hoppiness On The Hill show you the steps needed to go from rhizome to full grown plant. She will also teach how to turn your harvested hops into oils, lotions, teas and even a sleep sachet. You’ll be a hoptimist by the end of class!
April 15th - Mead Making - As gardeners we all spend a lot of time and effort trying to keep the bees happy. Now it’s the bees’ turn to bring us joy. Mead, quite possibly the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man, is made by fermenting honey. Mike Strong, from The Village Herb Cellar, will cover the history of mead, various styles and varieties of mead and proper mead making practices. This ancient nectar of the gods is staging a triumphant return and this class will show you what all the buzz is about.
Not part of regular registration due to LIMITED SEATING: 4/22 Mushroom Class: DIY make and take 10.00 public and 8.00 Active University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener
April 22nd - Growing Edible Mushrooms - Growing edible mushrooms indoors produces a truly superior fresh food without having to rely on being a lucky mushroom hunter. In this class, Merry Esp from Merry’s Farm in Gerlaw, IL, will walk you through the growing process as a hands-on exercise. She’ll answer your questions and send you home with your first batch and written instructions. This early spring project will provide you with home-grown deliciousness in a matter of weeks.
Cost: The cost for the public is $5 per session or $20 for the series of 5.
Registration: Online registration form.