Pinellas County Extension Offers Solutions for Your Life
Photo by SANDI FAHY
LARGO - There wasn't a parking space available at the Pinellas County Extension after 9 a.m. the morning of August 9. And, every seat was taken in the main hall. The attraction? A vegetable garden workhop. With the price of food going up, more and more people have become interested in growing their own vegetables. Urban Horticulture Extension agent Pam Brown was there to tell them how to plan for Florida's fall growing season. Choosing a garden spot, preparing the soil and deciding which vegetables to plant were among the topics discussed during the three-hour session, which was free.
The Pinellas County Extension, which is located at 12520 Ulmerton Rd., offers numerous educational programs to the public throughout the year. The third of a series of five evening classes in the Florida-Friendly Landscape Design Series is coming up on August 19. Topic that evening will be "Concepts of Landscape Design". On September 9, a landscape design clinic is scheduled. Landscape maintenance will be the focus of the September 23 session. You can sign up for one or all three. There is a $15 fee for each of these classes. Call 582-2122 for details.
Interested in collecting rain water for use in watering your landscape plants, vegetable and herb gardens and potted plants? Extension educators will teach you how to set up a recycled plastic barrel to collect rain water from your roof. The rain barrel workshop on August 23 is already full but there are openings for the September 20 and October 11 sessions. These workshops are free. Pre-registration is required, however. Call 582-2673. Rain barrels will be available for purchase.
Other upcoming programs include "Bed Bug Control, Containerized Fumigation & Other Control Measures" on September 11 (call 582-2673) and "Food Safety and Quality" on October 6 (call 582-2122).
Pam Brown addresses the audience
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