Registration underway for Master Gardeners class | Education – Times Daily

FLORENCE — Michael Thomason said he had been “dabbling” with gardening for years, and thought he knew a lot about it.

When he took a course in the Shoals Master Gardeners program, he got a real education on gardening, he said.

“I wanted to know more about gardening to see if what I was doing was the right way, or if there was a better way,” Thomason said.

The 2019 Shoals Master Gardeners Class is now registering for the upcoming new session, which begins Jan. 22.

“For anyone who likes to garden, or wants to learn more about gardening, this is a class for them,” said Thomason, president of Shoals Master Gardeners.

Taylor Reeder, Extension agent for northwest Alabama, said the program sponsored by the Lauderdale County Extension Service begins with an orientation at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Extension office.

The class then will meet every Tuesday through April 23 for four hours a day. She said the classes are open to anyone 18 and older.

“The course covers everything from soils to fruits to vegetables and anything in between,” Reeder said. “Also, we’re going to have a special session this year on nuisance wildlife.”

Thomason said the program gives a good overview of gardening.

“You learn about fertilizers, soils, plants, nutrients, invasive species, the difference between good bugs and bad bugs, landscaping and botany. It’s a very diverse course,” Thomason said. “You come away from the program with a better understanding of what it takes to grow a garden.”

Reeder said there are lots of hands-on activities.

“It’s about getting in the dirt and getting dirty,” she said, “and they’re going to learn while getting dirty.”

She said the class is for beginners to experts.

“The graduates will work with the veteran members of the Shoals Master Gardeners on various projects throughout the region,” Reeder said. “For anyone who wants to get involved in gardening, this is the class for them.”

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