Gardening with the Masters

Press Release by Issuing Company

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned gardener, Gardening with the Masters can teach you how to start becoming a more effective gardener and get the results you desire from your gardening experiences.  Come “Learn for Life” with Master Gardener Extension volunteers at Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Facility.

February 9 It’s time to...consider your garden space.   Most of us don’t garden by the acre, more like the foot!  Come learn how to make the most of your small space by using containers, vertical gardens and the square foot raised bed principle. Patio plants, window boxes, decorative urns and veggies fit in more places than you think. Learn to garden small with big results.

February 16 It’s time to… prepare your soil.   Soil can be the defining factor in plant health.  Learn how pH and fertility can affect your ability to grow great plants.  This class will also give students a better understanding of why it is important to test soil, how to go about it, and how to amend soil for best plant performance. 

February 23 It’s time to… make black gold.   Do worms eat your garbage?  Composting, with or without worms, is the practical and easy way to convert yard and kitchen refuse into “black gold”. Rather than sending it to the landfill, create food for happy, well– fed garden plants.   

March 1 It’s time to… choose your plants.   One important key to gardening success is choosing a plant well suited to the intended space. There are thousands of choices in the modern nursery these days. Don’t be intimidated by all those colors and shapes-Master Gardeners will teach you how to choose appropriately for sun or shade-or both!

March 8  Let’s Feed the birds ( and bees).   Native plants offer valuable food and shelter for wildlife.   Learn how to attract some wanted visitors, such as butterflies and birds and how to deter (or just deal with) others- such as deer and armadillos.  Also, much of what we eat comes from pollinators like honey bees and butterflies- learn how to invite them to your garden and make them feel at home.

March 15  Let’s Eat:  Growing with Friends   MMMM Good!  Nothing tastes better than homegrown tomatoes or other fresh-picked veggies.  Whether you want to grow acres or just a few plants, this class can teach you the basics of growing home vegetables. Gardening is made even better when done with friends.  Come learn how community gardening in Columbus is easier than you think when you have the knowledge to start off right!

March 22   Let’s Eat:  Backyard Fine Dining  Concerned about pesticides and fertilizers? Want to be even greener in your garden practices?  This class is great for the beginning gardener or those who want to eat what they grow.  Learn how to garden sustainably and to incorporate edible gardening in with your ornamentals to benefit your plants, your family and the earth.

March 29 Let’s get Watersmart!  Your landscape expands your living space beyond four walls, is the pride and joy of the gardener in your family and is the perfect setting for get-togethers. But did you know that you can have a healthy landscape without needing extravagant supplemental watering?  Come learn with the University of Georgia Master Gardener Volunteers on how to be a better water steward in your garden.

Each Thursday morning session will begin promptly at 10am and end by noon. Per Session (general public)registration fee is $15 for the general public,  $12 for Oxbow Meadows members .  You can register a la carte or for the full Series, $100.  To register: Contact Oxbow Meadows at 706 507 8550 or online at

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