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Steve Boehme

Do you feel threatened by rising food prices? Are you wary of GMO’s and pesticides in store-bought produce? Would you like to raise your own food, but you’re not sure where to begin?

Most of us crave independence and security when it comes to our food supply, but lack the confidence to grow our own food. Perhaps you’ve already tried vegetable gardening and been frustrated.

Invest a few evenings this spring to educate yourself about growing your own food. GoodSeed Nursery is offering a six-week course, ideal for beginners but also helpful to experienced gardeners. Veteran gardeners Delwin & Vicki Griffin will share the techniques you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and be successful.

We’ll go through our vegetables one by one, discuss their needs and the pests that can damage them. We’ll show you how to build your soil. We’ll do some hands-on activities and send

you home with lots of “how-to” tips and information. Here’s some of what we’ll cover in this fun, action-packed six-week class:

March 3 - Soil Needs

Soil testing; what NPK means; micro-organisms and soil tillage; commercial vs. organic fertilizers. Growing potatoes, onions, and radishes. Choosing and using hoes.

March 10 - Hardiness

Climate zones and plant hardiness. Growing peas, broccoli, cabbage, and asparagus. Choosing and using tillers. Making, buying and using compost.

March 17 - Building Your Garden

In-ground, raised beds & container gardens: where and how big? Drainage and sunshine. Trellises, fences and cages. Growing beets, carrots, lettuce, and greens. Choosing & using mulches.

March 24 - Maintaining Good Soil

Earthworm culture & benefits, green manures & cover crops. Growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and okra. Choosing and using hand tools.

March 31 - Gardening Techniques

Recommended reading. Using fertilizer teas. Growing squash, pumpkins, melons and cucumbers. Choosing & using shovels.

April 7 - Year-round Gardening

Timing your crops, extending your season by using a planting chart. Growing corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, and garlic. Using fish emulsion, kelp, and meals. Choosing & using forks.

We’ll get together every Monday evening in the comfortable Hilltop reception hall, right next door to our nursery at 9736 Tri-County Highway Winchester (Brown County) Ohio 456907. Reserve a seat today and learn the basics of vegetable gardening in six two-hour sessions, starting 7PM Monday March 3.

Cost for the entire program is only $59.99 per person. You can call GoodSeed Nursery at 937-587-7021 to enroll using your credit card, or send a check to GoodSeed Nursery, 200 Storer Road Peebles, Ohio 45660.

Join us! This could be the best investment you’ll ever make.

Editor’s Note: Steve Boehme and his wife Marjorie own GoodSeed Nursery & Landscape, located at 9736 Tri-County Highway, near Winchester, Ohio. More information is available at www.goodseedfarm.com or call (937) 587-7021.

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