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UNION — The Union County Clemson Extension has announced a new program which will give local residents an opportunity to dig into every aspect of gardening.

The extension office will host an upcoming program called Gardening 101, which will consist of six class sessions.

“If you are looking to start a garden or want to learn more about gardening, then this is the class for you,” said Forestry/Natural Resource Agent Jeff Fellers.

The series of classes will be held from noon-1 p.m. on Mondays. The cost for participation is $50 for all six sessions or $10 per individual session. Participants are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy learning the ins and outs of gardening.

The sessions are scheduled as follows:

Session 1: Soil Sampling and Planning a Garden — Feb. 24

In this session, participants will learn how to take a soil sample and how to interpret the results. Those who attend this session will be given one complimentary soil sample for their garden. Participants will also learn the basics of planning a garden.

Session 2: Plant Needs, Starting Plants, and Different Vegetable Crops — March 3

In this session, participants will learn about the basic nutrients needed by plants and how to start indoor plants. Participants will also discuss some of the various vegetable crops suitable for this area.

Session 3: Irrigation and Fertilization — March 10

In this session, participants will learn irrigation methods. They will also learn how to read a fertilizer bag and apply the proper amount of fertilizer for the garden.

Session 4: Alternative Growth Systems — March 24

In this session, participants will learn how to produce vegetables in containers and raised beds. They will also visit the Clemson Extension Office’s aquaponic system and learn how it works.

Session 5: Harvest and Storage — March 31

In this session, participants will learn about harvesting vegetables and storing them safely.

Session 6: Pest and Disease — April 7

In this session, participants will learn about common pests and diseases for gardens throughout the growing season, as well as prevention and control measures.

The Union County Clemson Extension Office is located at 120 Kirby Street, Union (at Union County Fairgrounds). Those who are interested in the classes are encouraged to pre-register before class begins. For more information, contact Jeff Fellers at (864) 427-6259, ext. 115.

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-427-1234.

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