Summer gardening workshops

Extension Master Gardeners to offer series at Ever Green House

A series of five gardening workshops led by Extension Master Gardeners is planned for the summer and open to the public. All workshops will be held at 9 a.m. at the Ever Green House, Overland Trail Road and D Street in Gering.  

Master Gardeners and the Nutrition Education Program at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center partnered to pilot a grant-funded program, Cultivating Health Our Way (CHOW). The $5,000 grant is being used alongside other funding sources to help volunteers develop the grounds at the Ever Green House.

Produce grown with the funds will be donated to the Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska food pantry, where demonstrations on how to use the produce will be offered.

The Master Gardener workshops will cover gardening basics such as weed and pest control, proper harvesting and fertilization, and clearing the garden at the end of the season. Some workshops will include hands-on practice and all will take place outside, so participants are advised to dress for the weather.

There is no fee for the workshops but those interested should register by calling Erin Kampbell of the Nutrition Education Program at 308-632-1261 or emailing ekampbell7@unl.edu. Participants who register before the day of the workshop will be entered in a drawing for the door prize.

The dates and topics of the gardening workshops:

July 6: Weed Control

July 20: Proper harvesting and safe handling of produce

Aug. 2: Pest control

Aug. 17: Fertilizing soil

Sept. 7: Clearing and prepping the garden for the end of the season