Fridays at the Library Gardening Webinars set

VIENNA — The coldest days of winter are here just in time for the annual Fridays at the Library gardening webinar series sponsored by the Wood County Master Gardeners.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused an explosion of renewed interest in gardening! Veteran gardeners with young people and beginners are all growing vegetables in traditional gardens, raised beds and containers across America. No matter if you are in small towns, big cities, the suburbs or out in the country, people want to garden.

The gardening educational webinar series “Fridays at the Library,” is celebrating its seventh year and will be held every Friday in February at 11 a.m. Due to COVID-19, this program will be a webinar format on zoom. All gardening enthusiasts, experts and beginners are welcome.

Workshops are sponsored by the Wood County Master Gardeners, WVU Extension Service and the Vienna Public Library, free and open to the public. Door prizes such as seed packets and herbs will be available. You can join on zoom at https://wvu.zoom.us/j/92780773571. The zoom address is the same every week.

“2020 showed us the importance of gardening for family food production and emotional well-being. New and experienced gardeners are hungry for knowledge,” Robin Clark, Wood County Master Gardener, said. “The Fridays at the Library webinars provide a platform to interact with people with common interests and to have questions answered by knowledgeable experts.”

Participants are excited, J.J. Barrett, WVU Extension Service agriculture agent, said.

“Whether you are growing vegetables, herbs, or flowers, gardening can be particularly gratifying and an excellent source of fresh food,” he said.

Barrett will be joined by Master Gardeners at each session to help answer personal gardening questions.

“Fridays at the Library provides an excellent opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to share knowledge as well as learn and adopt new skills. Beyond the educational value, it’s always fun to interact with people of similar interests” Barrett said.

Well-being and stress reduction are more important than ever, he said.

“Research has proven the benefits of gardening including developing healthy eating habits, relieving stress, increasing physical activity and having a more positive outlook on life” Barrett said.

The webinar series will include gardening subjects, such as planting vegetable seeds and container gardening.

All workshops begin at 11 a.m. on Zoom at https://wvu.zoom.us/j/92780773571. The address is same every week.

Gardening in Small Spaces will be discussed Feb. 5 with Evan Wilson from WVU Extension in Cabell County. Barrett will teach Starting Seeds at Home.

Many residents in the Mid-Ohio Valley are planning improvement projects this year to make the home and landscape around it a more beautiful, relaxing and enjoyable place for the family. Jim Gottfried from Greenleaf Landscape will talk about Selecting Flowering Shrubs and Perennials on Feb. 12. Participants will also learn about Growing Heirloom Squash for summertime vegetable gardening.

On Feb. 19, Sheldon Owens, wildlife specialist for WVU Extension, will speak on diversity and beauty of native birds here in the Mountain State with Songbirds of West Virginia. Many backyard enthusiasts are building organic matter and preventing weeds using cover crops. Cover Crops for the Garden will feature Barrett.

Building soil fertility is a crucial part of gardening. Understanding Your Soil Test Results will be the focus on Feb. 26 with Barrett. Jason Nulton from Balance Holdings will discuss Growing Greens with Indoor Aquaculture.

For more information, contact Barrett at 304-424-1960 or e-mail at jj.barrett@mail.wvu.edu.


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