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Around Our Town...May Gardening Calendar


05/01/2006 - Saturday, May 13 Attend Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale

Plant cool-season plants directly in the garden lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips.

Begin hardening-off (gradually expose them to outdoor conditions) seedlings started indoors.

Plant asparagus and rhubarb crowns. Remember most take up to 3 years before they mature.

Plant potato seed.

Plant hardy perennials.

Plant raspberries, strawberries.

Check for broadleaf weeds in lawn.

Uncover buried grape vines after May 10.

Fertilize shrubs and trees if soil test indicate need. Slow release types are recommended. The plant themselves are good indicators of need, if they appear healthy with good new growth, fertilization is not needed.

LATE MAY

Plant beans, sweet corn, cucumbers and other garden items.

Plant annuals

Plant another round of lettuce, carrots, etc. for later harvest

Thin apples from trees. (Approximately 3 weeks after petals fall.)

Prepare and turn on underground irrigation systems. Set timers properly.

"Spring - An experience in immortality."

-Henry D. Thoreau

Natrona County Master Gardeners Helping You Know How to Grow!

The Natrona County Master Gardeners are celebrating their 23rd year of serving the community. This organization is comprised of volunteers with support from a county horticulturalist and support staff. Last year, from October 1, 2004 through

September 31, 2005, over 5,146 hours of volunteer time were provided to our community. Master Gardeners are unique, in addition to volunteering to educate the public; Master Gardeners are also educating themselves: continuing to grow in their knowledge to help others.

One of the many events provided by the Master Gardeners is the annual plant sale. Prior to the sale, volunteers "try" to determine what the public would like to have available and begin ordering seeds, then the planting, watering, re-potting, watering and re-potting again begins. In addition to greenhouse production, digging crews are organized to dig and pot up extra plants from generous donations throughout Casper yards. Many of these plants are perennials, bulbs and shrubs that grow well in Casper. All this to make available plant varieties to our community that may be hard to find elsewhere.

The Annual Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 13 beginning at 8 a.m.

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