Extension offers free gardening classes

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 R.S.V.P. 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 R.S.V.P., contact Kim at the Extension Office at 264-5931.

Water in the San Juan Basin

Call now to R.S.V.P. to attend Water in the San Juan Basin from 6-9 p.m. March 24 at the Archuleta County Extension Office. Topics will include: State Water Quality Regulatory Process and How it Works, by Peter Butler; Water Quality Issues on the Western Slope, by Denis Reich; Protecting Our Rivers, by Meghan Maloney; Stolsteimer Creek Watershed Project, by Jerry Archuleta; and Water Quality, Protection and Planning for the Future, by Gene Tautges, from PAWSD.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.

Calendar

March 12 — Noon, Mountain View Homemakers Club meeting.

March 13 — 1:45 p.m., Cloverbuds Club meeting.

March 13 — 2:15 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting.

March 16 — 6:30 p.m., Back Country Horsemen meeting.

March 17 — 6 p.m., 4-H Council meeting.

March 18 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Cookie Dough pick-up.

March 18 — 10 a.m., Mountain High Gardeners meeting.

March 18 — 4 p.m., Sportsfishing project meeting.

March 18 — 5:30 p.m., Vet Science project meeting.

March 18 — 6 p.m., Fair Board meeting

Check out our web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.