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Gardening Workshop in Martinsburg, WV on March 2, 2024

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Join the Berkeley-Jefferson WVU Extension Master Gardener Association for a morning of gardening workshops to kick off the 2024 growing season. This year, the program will include nine sessions to choose from, with topics geared towards beginner gardeners, intermediate gardeners, and advanced gardeners. 

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
13650 Apple Harvest Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403

Cost: $5, cash only, paid at the door. Preregistration is required. 

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For questions, contact Emily Morrow, Jefferson County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent. 

The schedule for the day is listed below.

Concurrent Sessions 1

9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Setting Up A Garden
Beginning Gardeners

Speaker: Angela Laboda, WVU Extension Master Gardener
The basics around selecting and preparing a garden site, and how to plan a garden that is enjoyable and successful.

Companion Planting
Intermediate Gardeners

Speaker: Mary Palmer, WVU Extension Master Gardener

Placement of your plants in the garden for disease and pest benefits all season long.

Advanced Gardeners

Speakers: Melanie Files and Richard Lowman, WVU Extension Master Gardeners
The science behind composting, items that can and cannot be composted, how to build and maintain different styles of compost piles.

Concurrent Sessions 2

10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. 

Selecting Seeds and Transplants
Beginner Gardeners

Speaker: Bethel Quick, WVU Extension Master Gardener
How to read a seed packet, which plants can be direct sowed in the ground for the greatest success, and picking healthy transplants for purchase.

Gardening in Small Spaces
Intermediate Gardeners

Speaker: Keith Rosell
How to garden in containers for those with limited space or mobility issues.

Tree Fruit
Advanced Gardeners

Speaker: Doug Raines, WVU Extension Master Gardener
Variety selection and site preparation of different types of tree fruit., how the prepare a site, pruning, disease, and pest control measures needed for a healthy home orchard.

Concurrent Sessions 3

11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Soil Testing
Beginning Gardeners

Speaker: Emily Morrow, WVU Extension Agent
How to take and submit a good garden soil sample and interpret the results.

Indoor Seed Starting
Intermediate Gardeners

Speaker: Vickie Duvall, WVU Extension Master Gardener
Equipment needed to start your own seeds indoors for a jump start on the garden season.

Plant Propagation
Advanced Gardeners

Speaker: Ginger Grimes
Dividing different types of plants properly for the garden that keeps on giving.