Extension offers basic gardening class

Backyard gardening can be one of the greatest joys of life, as well as one of the most frustrating.

It seems simple: Put a seed in the ground, fertilize and water it, then watch it grow. But, as we know, it doesn’t always work that way.

Newcomers to Colorado often have trouble getting plants to survive, let alone thrive. More often than not, they previously gardened where “you stick a plant in the ground and it grows.”

If you’ve tried and failed — or you know “nothing” about gardening — we’ve got just the thing for you. The Colorado State University Extension Office in Archuleta County, with the help of talented Master Gardeners like Chrissy Karas, will be conducting a series of basic gardening classes, and we invite you to attend.

Each class session will be given from 10 a.m.-noon or 6-8 p.m. on the dates they are offered. Sessions and dates are as follows:

• Session 1: The Very Basics, Thursday, March 26.

• Session 2: Location, Thursday, April 9.

• Session 3: Gettin’ Your Hands Dirty, Thursday, April 16.

• Session 4: Stayin’ Alive, Thursday, April 23.

These classes are free but participants are asked to RSVP so presenters can prepare for correct numbers of course materials and supplies for hands-on activities.

The classes will be held at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds in the Exhibit Hall. Please invite a friend to come along with you to learn the basic skills for a new hobby or to learn how to provide fresh food for your dinner table.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.