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Master gardeners return to STEP RiverWalk Center

The third annual Get the Dirt on Gardening, held by STEP’s RiverWalk Center, 423 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport, and Penn State Extension Master Gardeners, is a free program for seniors age 60 and older interested in gardening and sharing — or growing — their gardening knowledge and experiences.

The weekly sessions include guest speakers, planting, crafts, cooking and making snacks — each week is different.

The group will begin the gardening season on March 28 with seed starting indoors and will continue on with the basics of “plotting” what will be grown this year and how to improve the soil with good ingredients to grow healthier plants. Sometimes speakers will join the group, while other sessions will include snacks and crafts.

The events will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday and will continue to meet weekly throughout spring, summer and fall, from April through October.

GARDENING EVENTS

Get the Dirt on Gardening will be held Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at STEP’s RiverWalk Center, 423 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport.

March 28 — Start the garden season early by starting plants from seeds.

April 4 — Begin “plotting” what you want to grow in the vegetable garden. Start with the basics like soil, how to improve the soil with good ingredients and grow healthier plants.

April 11 — Plant some cuttings of coleus and vines that have been rooting in water and start flower seeds.

April 18 — Plant peas in an outside raiser bed. Make artistic plant markers based on what is planned for the garden beds.

April 25 — Worms. Earthworms are good for the garden but at this week’s topic will be about how red wiggler worms, like finish worms, can be good for composting food and improving soil.

May 2 — Get more vegetables and flowers growing inside and outside. Make nutritious, delicious and eye appealing snacks.

May 9 — Where did we plant garlic? When did we start the peas? A garden journal expert will give tips on journaling.

May 16 — Start annual flowers from seeds inside and outside.

May 25 — Plant outside containers for summer and start vegetables.

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