2019 Vegetable Garden Demonstrations

— Written By Keith Wood
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We have offered gardening classes for several years now at N.C. Cooperative Extension of Cherokee County. The classes were offered in a classroom setting information on soil sampling and amendments, site selection, planting techniques, plant and variety selection, integrated pest management, weed control, and many others. All good information, but we have received many requests of “show me how to” soil sample, to plant, to identify and scout for pests, choose the right sprayer, to properly mix and apply pesticides if needed. If you are a beginning gardener or just want to learn more on the practical application of vegetable gardening, this series is for you.

Starting in June we will offer demonstrations on various topics through August. These classes will be on site at the Sheriff’s Training Center in Marble located at 9554 US 19, Marble, NC. The Murphy Middle School FFA Club has a garden located there just past the firing range in and around the high tunnels. You can come and observe as students and Extension agents show and explain various garden techniques. The specific dates will be posted on our website, our public calendar and on various places on Facebook. Since classes are outside and subject to weather conditions, all dates and topics could change a few hours before classes start. You will need to look at our online calendar or call the office before coming. All classes will start at 8 a.m. EXCEPT for the one on pesticide use on June 26, which will start at 7 p.m. The classes will last 1-2 hours depending on the topic. You can come for one or all classes and leave when you like. There is no charge for these classes. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for gardening. Those that call 837-2210 and register with an email address will be notified by email if the next class is postponed or canceled. Topics and approximate times of classes:

June 2019

June 5 – Drip Irrigation. The high tunnels and some of the FFA garden area is irrigated with a drip system. We will show you how a drip system is designed and how to install one.

June 10 – Food safety training. The FFA Club is working on becoming GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified. They wish to sell back to their own cafeteria. We will discuss the food safety plan the students are developing.

June 12 – Trellising. Some garden vegetables need a trellis system for plant support. We will be constructing a pole bean trellis system.

June 4 – Seeding and Weeding techniques. Planting seeds correctly is important for optimal plant growth. All gardens are challenged with weeds. We will show some time saving methods for weed management.

June 19 – Tomato basics. How to prune tomatoes for bigger fruit and better disease control.

June 21 – Fertigation. We use a fertilizer injector in the drip system to water and fertilize at the same time. We will show you how a fertigator is designed and how to install one.

June 24 – Honeybee habitat. The Murphy High Home Economics teacher has some bee hives located near the garden to help pollinate crops. We are also installing a honeybee habitat with wildflowers adjacent to the garden.

June 26 – Integrated Pest Management. Identification and control measures of insects, diseases and weeds. Learn the difference between sprayers, nozzle tips, timing of sprays. Tank mixing fungicides and insecticides. What kind of personal protective equipment to wear. Timing of applications and how to spray properly for effectiveness.

July 2019

Dates and topics for July will be announced the end of June.