Experts offer help for spring gardening success in central Oklahoma

Oklahoma County Master Gardeners will conduct a Garden Boot Camp on three consecutive Saturdays at the Oklahoma County Extension Service, 930 N Portland Ave.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 2, 2014

Oklahoma County Master Gardeners are offering a Garden Boot Camp for the first time to help gardeners start the growing season right.

The boot camp will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays — Jan. 25, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 — at the Oklahoma County Extension Service, 930 N Portland Ave.

Participants can learn about soil fertility, how to choose annuals and perennials and much more so they can enjoy a beautiful and thriving garden this spring, said Ray Ridlen, adviser for the Master Gardeners and horticulture educator for the Extension Service.

“Gardening is one of the most popular hobbies in America and everyone reaps the benefits when people decide to get out and grow something,” Ridlen said in a news release.

The three-week program has a $35 registration fee to cover the cost of supplies. The deadline for registration is Jan. 17. To register, call 713-1125.

In addition to the boot camp, the Oklahoma County Master Gardeners will continue the Third Thursday gardening workshops. The first workshop of 2014 will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16. January's session will cover composting, soil and fertility, and February's will cover basic landscape design for home gardeners. The Third Thursday workshops are free.