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Advanced Gardener: Two-Minute Talks

Advanced Gardener: Two-Minute Talks

Published: July 10, 2018

If you’re a gardener, you know that a lot of satisfaction comes from growing your own vegetables. Nurturing seedlings, adding fertilizer to nudge productivity, and eating and sharing the bounty with family and friends: All of these are reason to till the earth and get started.

By the same token, there are plenty of factors that can give rise to setbacks and disappointments. Sometimes, you have a sense of how to correct them; at other times, it’s a losing battle. But as with most things, ‘forewarned is forearmed.’

Thanks to the Library’s partnership with the Catawba County Cooperative Extension, we want you to gain the knowledge that will allow you to surmount gardening obstacles. Dr. George Place, director, is coordinating a series of two-minute talks at this month’s Advanced Gardener presentations to help you identify and troubleshoot any issues that may (ahem) crop up.

Among the nearly two dozen topics on order are the benefits and process of soil testing, ways to deal with brown patch (a lawn disease caused by a fungus), and techniques for controlling fire ants in the landscape. If you’re struggling with how to head off problems with summer pests, diseases, output, or any of a host of relevant concerns, you’ll want to come out and discover the suggested treatments, if not the solutions.

There’s still time left in the season for plenty of good gardening. Don’t let frustration or lack of awareness sideline your efforts!

  • Thursday, July 12 at 6pm at the Patrick Beaver Library in Hickory
  • Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30pm at the Main Library in Newton
  • Tuesday, July 24 at 6:30pm at the Maiden Branch