Register Now: 2018 WNC Gardening Symposium

Online registration is now open for the 2018 WNC Gardening Symposium, to be held Oct. 3 at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock.

Our speakers are: Joe Lamp'l of PBS’s Growing a Greener World; Harvey Cotten, author of Easy Gardens for the South; Arthur Joura, Bonsai Curator at The North Carolina Arboretum; and, Matt and Tim Nichols, known around the world as Mr. Maple.

New this year is online registration, so you will receive instant confirmation of your reservation. The symposium fee is $65. All registrations must be received by Sept. 15.

Visit https://www.buncombemastergardener.org/2018-wnc-gardening-symposium/.

Gardening in the Mountain presents Fall Lawn Care

Thursday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Location: NC Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center, 49 Mount Carmel Road Asheville.

Presenter: Alison Arnold, Extension Agent, Consumer Agriculture

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of lawn care. Learn what to do now with your grass to have a head start on a healthy lawn for next spring.

The talk is free, but registration is required by calling 255-5522.

Backyard Composting Demo

Date: Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center, WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC

Buncombe County Master Gardener volunteers maintain a compost demonstration garden to teach visitors composting techniques, provide printed material and answer questions.

Several compost systems are displayed including a worm composting bin. Master Gardeners educate the public as to good gardening practices using research-based information provided by the North Carolina State University Extension Service.

Saturday Seminar: Making and Using Compost at Home

Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon

NC Cooperative Extension Buncombe County Center 49 Mt. Carmel Road Asheville, NC

Presenter: Phil Roudebush, Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer

Decomposition is at least as old as soil itself. The modern practice of composting is little more than speeding up and intensifying natural processes of biological decomposition of organic wastes—something gardeners and individuals can do at home.

In his presentation, Phil discusses simple methods to compost yard, garden, and food materials. He defines compost and the “six rules of rot,” including the importance of a critical mass of materials, particle size, carbon and nitrogen sources, moisture, and oxygen.

Phil explains active versus passive compost methods and highlights worm composting (or vermiculture) of kitchen scraps. By the end of the seminar, you’ll understand the benefits of using compost in the garden, the use of compost teas, and compost trouble shooting.

Join Phil for a tour of the compost site at the Extension office following the presentation, weather permitting.

The seminar is free but registration is requested. Register by calling 255-5522.

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