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MONTICELLO, Ill. — The Piatt County Master Gardeners Seed Swap will be at 6 p.m. March 1 at the Piatt County Extension office, 210 S. Market St., Monticello. Swap your seeds, learn about Monticello’s In the Garden Little Seed Library, the Monticello Area Community Garden, and discover Illinois Extension resources for gardening and seed saving.

You can drop off seeds, seed catalogs or clean tubers/bulbs you would like to share at the seed swap prior to the event at the Piatt County Extension office or bring them with you to the event. If you are sharing seeds, please make sure they are labeled with name, growing information, date the seed was harvested to save.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/2p8fhf5v.

Spencer County 4-H Pork Chop Dinner

CHRISNEY, Ind. — The Spencer County 4-H Pork Chop Dinner and Basket Auction will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Spencer County Youth & Community Center, 1101 E CR 800 N, Chrisney.

Tickets are $12 for the dinner, which includes pork chop, creek fried potatoes, green beans, dessert and drink.

Basket auction begins at 6 p.m.

For more information and tickets, call 812-362-8066.

4-H Fling

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The fourth annual 4-H Fling beings with a chicken dinner at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Home & Family Arts Building at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne.

The dinner includes one-half chicken, two sides and water for $10 on the day of event; $7 pre-sale dinner tickets will be available through Feb. 25 at the Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne.

A silent auction will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The live auction starts at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 260-481-6429.

Cool-season Vegetables

Learn about growing cool-season vegetables at an online program at 6 p.m. March 1. Cool-season crops can be grown in spring or fall, each with its own characteristics and potential issues. Learn how to grow and harvest cool-season vegetables as well as how to manage common insect pests.

The program is part of the Growing Growing Great Vegetables series. Cost is $10. Register at tinyurl.com/2vr4zf4v.

Nutrition Prescription

SALEM, Ind. — Learn the basics of nutrition, brain health and the importance of sleep in the six-week Nutrition Prescription program.

The series will be at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, March 2-April 6, at the Washington County Extension office, 806 Martinsburg Road, Salem.

Participants receive a four-serving meal kit weekly from Lost River Market & Deli.

Register at 812-883-4601.

School and Community Garden Training

The 2022 Cook County Virtual School and Community Garden Training Series will be at 6 p.m. March 2, March 16 and March 23.

The program will be delivered online via Zoom. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free program, but on-site technical assistance is available only to garden sites in Cook County. Attendance at all three sessions is highly recommended for new gardens.

Organizers request that at least three representatives (may include staff, volunteers, parents, teachers, garden coordinators, administrators) from your garden attend Extension’s garden training series to jump-start planning, recruit helpers, schedule garden installations and develop programming.

Registration is free but required and space is limited. Register at tinyurl.com/3fbbma9v.

Indiana Small Farm Conference

The virtual 2022 Indiana Small Farm Conference will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3-4.

Since 2013, the conference has featured comprehensive programming about diversified farming and local food systems, bringing together novice and experienced small-scale farmers.

One of the featured keynote speakers will be Malik Kenyatta Yakini, co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

Attendees can choose sessions that best align with their farming operations and goals:

• Value Added

• Livestock

• Pollination

• Soil Health

• Vegetable Production

• Integrating Technology Workshop

• Marketing

• Innovations in Response to Climate Change

• Regenerative Ag

• Urban Ag

• Perennial Crop Production

• Grant Writing Workshop

Follow the conference on Twitter and Instagram at @SmallFarmPurdue or on Facebook at @PurdueExtensionSmallFarms, with the hashtag #PurdueSmallFarms.

Registration cost is $75 for one day or $140 for both days and there are discounted rates for youth attendees. Register by visiting purdue.ag/sfc.

Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show will be March 3-6 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne.

With over 650 exhibitors, the Home & Garden Show is the place to see the latest in contemporary home and garden products and services. Attendees can expect to find all the inspiration and help needed for all types of home improvement projects. Exhibitors feature products and services for kitchen, bath, landscaping, interior decor, bedding, windows, siding, roofing, gutters, patios, driveways, garden accessories, gifts, plants, fairy gardens, patio and landscape displays and hundreds of spring flowers.

Home to the show’s largest concentration of beauty and the fresh fragrance of spring, the Garden Gallery’s return might be the most anticipated. Local landscapers, nurseries, and garden suppliers will fill the traditional space below the arena floor with the excitement of spring and plenty of things to create a backyard oasis. New this year to the Garden Gallery is the Broadview Landscaping Nursery Stage featuring a variety of educational and entertaining acts with everything from live music to yoga, book signings and floral arranging demonstrations.

Back by popular demand are the high-flying stunt-dogs from Elite Performance K9s. Christina Curtis and her lineup of more than 10 dogs will be on hand to run, jump, catch, weave and perform multiple tricks. Elite Performance K9s last appeared at the show in 2019.

Other highlights include:

• The return of the Purdue Extension Master Gardener Seminars featuring Kylee Baumle, an award-winning author and expert on gardening in relation to attracting the monarch butterfly. Baumie will be on stage at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday; and 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Other master gardeners will share their wide-ranging expertise in all-things-gardening throughout many of remaining show hours.

• Indiana Wild is bringing their furry, scaly, feathered and shelled friends for attendees to meet and interact with. Educational presentations will also take place on the PROs stage at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12 p.m.Sunday.

• Three Dinosaur “Meat & Greet” performances will be on Sunday, where kids can learn from dino-handlers and interact with Little Nudge, the baby raptor, and her mother, Violet. Performances are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Photo opportunities and free balloon dinosaurs will be offered after each performance.

• Living-farmer statue performances by an actor from TAG Art Company will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

There also will be hourly Show Buck giveaways, and a $1,000 cash giveaway from WAJI.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices are $12 at the door, $8 for seniors 62 and older, and free for kids 14 and under. Find a $2 discount coupon online at Home-GardenShow.com. Parking at the Coliseum lot is $8.

For more information on the show, visit www.Home-GardenShow.com.

Nature is Local

Regional experts will share information on how to incorporate native plants in the landscape and provide resources to help at the Nature is Local Zoom series at noon on March 3, 10 and 17

• March 3, Enrich Your Yard with Native Plants: Yards are a great place to incorporate native plants, but where to start? This presentation will identify yard ecosystem types, native plants that are best suited for those habitats, and the wildlife that benefit from them. You’ll also hear of a variety of resources to start plugging native plants into your landscapes.

• March 10, Plant Establishment and Maintenance Techniques: Explore how, when and where (yard, garden, or roadside ditch) are the best practices for prairie planting and what maintenance activities will help you achieve your gardening goals. Brian Burkholder, roadside vegetation specialist for Scott County Secondary Roads Department, will share lessons learned in the field and tested techniques for reducing weeds and invasive vegetation.

• March 17, BiState Resources and Available Funding: This presentation will cover the financial and technical resources available to help anyone create and conserve natural areas. Examples of real-life projects putting resources into action will be highlighted.

Register for any program in the series at go.illinois.edu/NatureIsLocal.

Introduction to Vermicomposting

The online program Introduction to Vermicomposting will be at noon March 3. Learn the basics of vermicomposting, including soil health, building indoor and outdoor vermicompost bins, care for red wriggler worms, and bin maintenance.

The program is part of the Small Farms Winter Webinar series. Register at tinyurl.com/2p9e9rjz.

Gardeners’ BIG Day 2022

Master gardeners from Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties present the online program Gardeners’ BIG Day March 4.

The event will include a keynote at 9 a.m. and two break-out tracks, each offering a different program at 10 and 11 a.m. Programs include Tantalizing Trees, Poisonous Plants, Designing with Hostas, High on Hydrangeas, Host and Nectar Plants, and Seed Diversity.

For more information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/2jdhxw4s.

Weekend Gardener

The University of Illinois Extension’s Weekend Gardener virtual event will begin at 9 a.m. March 5. You may participate in all or select individual sessions.

• 9 a.m., Making Illinois Homes More Pollinator Friendly with I-Pollinate: I-Pollinate is a community science research project run through the University of Illinois that collects statewide pollinator data. Community scientists can participate in three research projects: collecting data on monarch egg and caterpillar abundance, pollinator visitation to ornamental flowers, and state bumble bee demographics. Participation is simple and helps make Illinois a more pollinator-friendly state. For more information, visit ipollinate.illinois.edu.

• 10 a.m, Extend Your Harvest: Learn about different techniques to help extend the gardening season into colder months of the year.

• 11 a.m., Container Gardening with Fruit: Learn the pros and cons of container gardening, which fruit species are best suited to container gardening, and general management practices.

• 12 p.m., Thinking Beyond Flowers for Color in the Garden: Learn about how to maintain visual eye appeal in the garden throughout the year.

For more information and to register, visit go.illinois.edu/WeekendGardener.

Gardener’s Palette

QUINCY, Ill. — The 26th annual Gardener’s Palette will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at the Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center, 639 York St., Quincy. Presentations will be given by experts in horticulture, natural resources, and landscape.

Topics include:

• Pollinators

• Greenhouse Production

• Professional Pruning

• Landscape Water Management

• Tree Root Troubles

• Preparing Home Landscapes for Natural Disasters

• Growing and Using Culinary Herbs

• Gardening with Wildlife

• Peonies

• Vegetables

Cost is $35. Two make-and-take workshops also will be offered. The morning workshop will teach how to plant and maintain succulents. Each participant will be able to pot and take home their choice of baby succulents. The additional cost for this class is $20. The afternoon workshop will focus on flavoring with herbs. Participants will be able to create their own herb-infused vinegar. The additional cost for this class is $10.

To register and for more information, visit tinyurl.com/3bzj6x5s.

Everegreen Park seed swap

EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. — A seed swap will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5 at the Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park.

Browse a selection of herb, vegetable, floral, perennial and native seeds. Extension will have helpful resources available to guide you in getting your garden off to a good start.

Please label your seed donations with the variety, source and year whenever possible.

For more information, contact Sarah Batka at 217-300-8636 or sbatka@illinois.edu.

Gardening for Food, Flowers, & Fun

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Gardening For Food, Flowers & Fun 2022 will be presented by University of Illinois Extension and Winnebago County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to noon March 5 at NIU Rockford, 8500 E. State St., Rockford.

• 9 a.m., Patterns in Nature that Inspire Japanese Garden Design: Learn about the Anderson Japanese Gardens, and some of the patterns in nature that inspire Japanese garden design. Included will be some of techniques for integrating the garden and architecture into one cohesive space.

• 10 a.m., Strawberries on the Small Scale: Strawberries can be a great addition to grow for your family. While traditionally these fruits have been grown as perennials, there are annual strawberries that can be easily grown in a single-season alongside your vegetables. This course will walk through the basics of successfully deciding on your berries, setting up your patch, and managing them through the season.

• 10:30 a.m., Container Vegetable Gardening 101: If you have limited space or wanting to reduce the size of your vegetable garden, container gardening can be a great direction to go. With many different shapes and sizes, it can be difficult to determine what you can grow and what you cannot grow. Learn the basics of container vegetable gardening, the different containers available, and the main vegetables that are suitable for containers.

• 11 a.m., Cheerful Cutting Gardens: Studies have proven that flowers make people happy, especially though receiving them. Growing flowers that are meant for cutting can be fun and easy to incorporate into your garden, and you’ll be spreading home-grown joy in no time. Learn what plants produce great (and abundant) flowers for cutting and tips on harvesting and designing your flowers,

A silent auction will be held during the event.

Cost is $20. For more information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/ycks2zcs.

DeWitt County Sowing of Seeds

CLINTON, Ill. — Sowing of Seeds hosted by DeWitt County Master Gardeners will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 5 at the Vespasian Warner Library, 310 N. Quincy St., Clinton.

Learn about sowing seeds for your garden and create your own milk jug greenhouse with seeds in this workshop.

Register by calling Marie at the Vespasian Warner Library, 217-935-5174.

Home, Lawn, and Garden Day

Be inspired to grow cut flowers, learn how to properly care for your trees, or get a handle on the basics of everyday gardening at the online Home, Lawn and Garden Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5

Enjoy live workshops, a Q&A with gardening experts and a keynote speech on sustainable gardening in this annual celebration of gardening hosted virtually this year by University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners.

• 8:45 a.m., Tree Care in the Home Landscape: From site selection and planting to mature tree care, there is a lot to think about when growing trees at home.

• 9:30 a.m., Gardening for Cut Flowers: Cut flower gardening can be a fun and easy gardening endeavor, allowing you to increase the number of flowers in the garden, while also enjoying a beautiful vase to decorate the breakfast table. Learn how to grow cut flowers, their benefits in the garden, and how to condition them to be long-lasting.

• 10:15 a.m., Garden and Growing Q&A with Master Gardeners.

• 10:45 a.m., Growing Vegetables Isn’t Work — It’s Fun: Using photos from his garden, McLean County Master Gardener Tom Creswell will share his evolution from a “farming/work” mentality to a “gardening/fun” mentality as a home gardener over the last several years. He will discuss vegetable production using purchased and constructed raised beds; the use of borders, mulch, and barriers to make gardening easier and more productive; his choice of gardening tools; and adding interesting and fun elements to a garden and yard to make gardening more pleasant and productive.

• 11:30 a.m., Comfort, Ease, and Simplicity in Your Garden: Keynote, presented by Jan Bills, owner of a Detroit-area landscape design company.

Cost is $10. Register at tinyurl.com/5rkw7kvu.

Spring Into Gardening

MATOON, Ill. — Coles County Master Gardeners will present Spring into Gardening 2022 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 5 at Broadway Christian Church, 1205 S. Ninth St., Mattoon.

The event will include door prizes, silent auction, sales booth, and speakers on topics that will include raised-bed gardening, gardening for pollinators and composting.

Cost is $30. Register at go.illinois.edu/SPRIG22 or call the Coles County Extension office at 217-345-7034.

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