Gardening classes coming up!

I wanted to make sure you are aware of some excellent gardening classes that will be taught on four Saturdays in March and early April.

The first series of four classes is called "Beginning Gardening" and covers these topics: soils and basic gardening practices, growing the right veggies for this region, growing berries and small fruits and growing easy flowers. The classes are sponsored by the WSU/Spokane County Master Gardeners and will be held on Mar. 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

You can take all four classes for $44 or sign up for individual classes at $12 each.

The second series of four classes is called "Grow Your Own Food" and covers these topics: raised-bed gardening (*taught by yours truly), growing tomatoes from seeds to harvest, growing and preserving culinary herbs, and vegetables for the Inland Northwest. They will be held on Mar. 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5 from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

You can also take all four of these classes for $44 or sign up for individual classes at $12 each.

All classes will be held at the WSU Extension center at 222 N. Havana St. in Spokane.

To register online for either or both series of classes, you can register online at www.mgfsc.org or mail in your registration, along with a check made out WSU Extension and mail it to either "Beginning Gardening series" or "Grow Your Own Food" series, 222 N. Havana St., Spokane, WA 99202-4799.

If you have questions, contact Anna Kestell by phone at (509) 477-2195 or via email at akestell@spokanecounty.org.

* Regarding the raised-bed gardening class, I am absolutely convinced this is the best way to grow a vegetable garden! I've used them for over 30 years now and have a grand total of 26 raised beds in my own garden. This is a fun, informative class and I hope you will be able to attend!