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MGV learn about square foot gardening at monthly meeting

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Jeanette Gerhart

Gina Wagner, a Master Gardener Volunteer from Fairfield County, was the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Pickaway County Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) held March 11 at the OSU Extension Office.

Her presentation on “The Ten Basics of Square Foot Gardening” explained how you can grow all you want in only 20 percent of the space of a conventional row garden, plus save time, water, work and money. Quotation: “You don’t have to be rich to eat rich!”

Books for reference are “All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition” by Mel Bartholomew and “The Complete Compost Gardening Guide” by Martin and Pleasant.

Kathleen Hall, president, then brought the business meeting to order.

Planning is being done for the Founders’ Day event set for June 10 with speaker Cheryl Harner. The yearly MGV Plant Sale will be held May 16, and MGV will again have an information table at the Pickaway County Farmers Market. Details to follow regarding each of these events.

The MGV Helpline, which assists local gardeners with answering questions, is available at 740-474-7534. Leave a message with your questions, and a Master Gardener Volunteer will return your call.

A new Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) training class will be held in April and May, coordinating this class with the MGV group in Fairfield County. Contact Paul Hang at 740-497-4397 to sign up for the next Master Gardener Volunteer training program. To become an MGV, the trainee must complete the training program and volunteer a specified number of hours to OSU Extension.

The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program is an educational program designed to meet the consumer horticulture needs of Ohio citizens. Its purpose is to train volunteers and utilize their expertise to teach people more about plants and pests, their culture and their importance to the environment and to our quality of life. MGV trainees receive formal training from their county Extension Office covering a wide range of pertinent horticultural topics.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal