Evening in the Garden begins May 18 in Jamestown

demonstration garden in Jamestown NY
Participants plant a raised bed that allows handicap accessibility during an Evening in the Garden in 2015. Shallow rooted plants are on the outside with deeper rooted plants in the center, which has the most root capacity. Photo by Peg Hite, courtesy Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County

The first Evening in the Garden of the season will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 in the demonstration garden at the Frank Bratt Ag Center, 3542 Turner Rd., Jamestown. The events are held by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County.

Each session includes a talk or demonstration as well as a question-and-answer session.

This month’s session will be a demonstration of container planting. It will cover different examples of plants that can be grown in a container, different sizes of containers that are best for each type of plant and the best types of soil for containers.

You can see the demonstration garden, which has some plantings for early harvest already established. The Master Gardeners will also demonstrate how to prepare a raised bed for spring planting and demonstrate square foot gardening in one of the raised beds.

You can take soil samples to be tested for pH. You’ll get recommendations on how to adjust your soil’s pH depending on the crops you wish to grow.

In case of rain, the demonstrations will be held inside the center.

Evening in the Garden takes place at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Topics for other sessions are:

  • June 15: Use of flowers in garden (natives & pollinators)
  • July 20: Herb gardening
  • Aug. 17:  Harvesting vegetables

You can become a Master Gardener. The deadline to apply for the core training class has been extended to May 30.  For more information or to request an application, call (716) 664-9502.

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