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Master Gardeners lead spring gardening workshops

Gardening is tricky business in the Rim Country — with our hills and little valleys you almost always are working in your own private microclimate.

Consequently, the broad-stroke guidance found in magazines and books has to be tweaked a little here and there to meet your particular needs. Enter the Gila County Master Gardeners.

Aspiring horticulturists or veterans wanting to up their game in the garden wars have the opportunity to learn from these certified specialists next weekend — and it’s free.

The Gila County Master Gardeners are hosting a free Spring Gardening Workshop from 8:45 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 24 at the Payson Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

The following speakers will be addressing these topics in 30-minute concurrent sessions with five minutes between sessions:

• Susan Bolt and Lauren Cathcart — Seed Starting

• Bruce Wales — Water Wise Gardening/Rainwater collection

• Bill Roehr — Easy Garden Irrigation

• Fred Jimenez — Making and Using Vermicast (worm compost!)

• Chris Jones — Soils, Compost and Mulch

Admission is free. Food, drinks and information tables will be available.

To register, call (928) 474-4160 or the Master Gardener Hotline at (928) 402-8589, or e-mail Chris Jones at: ckjones@cals.arizona. edu.

The Gila County Master Gardeners are trained community volunteers that provide local outreach for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

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