Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christian County Master Gardeners Offering Three Free Sessions on Gardening July 26 in Ozark

Contact: Dr. Gordon Carriker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558

For Interviews contact: J.J. Leek at 417-581-6774  

OZARK, Mo. – Christian County Master Gardeners will present three free sessions on gardening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 26 at the Ozark Community Center (OC), 1530 W. Jackson St., Ozark. Register to attend by calling the Christian County Extension office at 581-3558.

Program topics for the gardening event will address food preservation, mulching and watering and pest control.

Managing the Harvest – Master Gardeners Marla Hull and J.J. Leek will discuss how to preserve the bountiful produce picked from a garden. Instruction will include making simple relishes, pickles and freezer jellies and jams. Jennifer Nevatt, nutritional program associate with the Extension, will share canning recipes and techniques.

Mulching and Watering – Larry Martin, director of public works for Ozark, will share tips on mulching and watering to keep plants healthy during hot, dry weather.

Pest Control – Master Gardener Tom Bakie will discuss how to safely manage insect pests.

The Christian County Master Gardeners maintain the city’s demonstration garden, also at the OC. If you would like to help with the garden’s maintenance, call JJ Leek at 581-6774.

For more information on the Christian County Master Gardeners, its demonstration garden and its free public classes, contact J.J. Leek at 581-6774, or Jennifer Ailor at 581-4018.

To become a Master Gardener, contact Dr. Gordon Carriker, MU Extension specialist and advisor to the Christian County Master Gardeners at 581-3558.


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