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Ask a Master Gardener: Free gardening classes at branch libraries

Ready to get your hands dirty? Or at least, your gardening gloves? Starting in April, the St. Louis County Extension Master Gardeners will begin offering free classes covering several areas of home gardening at the Mt. Royal and West Duluth libraries. Most classes are in the evenings, but a special program for children in June will be offered during the day.

Topics for the programs

April. "Let's Get Gardening" An introduction to preparing to plant flowers and vegetables. 6-7 p.m. Mt. Royal Library, April 8. West Duluth Library, April 11.

May. "Containers and Raised Beds" How to make the most of limited space for gardening. 6-7 p.m. Mt. Royal Library, May 13. West Duluth Library, May 16.

June. "Gardening with Children" Bring the kids! Daytime and evening programs. 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. June 10 at Mt Royal Library and June 13 at West Duluth Library.

July. "Watering Wisely" A guide to watering trees, grass and plants, keeping everything from drying out or being over-watered. 6-7 p.m. July 8 at Mt. Royal Library, July 11 at West Duluth Library.

August. "Humane Critter Control" Keeping critters from eating your garden without poisons. 6-7 p.m. August 12 at Mt. Royal Library, August 15 at West Duluth Library.

September. "Attracting Pollinators" Gardening for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. 6-7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Mt. Royal Library, Sept. 12 at West Duluth Library.

October. "Goodnight, Garden" Putting your garden and gardening tools to bed for the winter. 6-7 p.m. October 14 at Mt. Royal, Oct. 10 at West Duluth.

The mission of the St. Louis County Extension Master Gardeners is to share science-based horticultural information with the public.

Written by U of M Extension Master Gardeners in St. Louis County. Send your questions to features@duluthnews.com.

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