Gardening workshops from Cooperative Extension

Gardening for Native Bees and Butterflies

This workshop will be offered March 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca. Choose the right flowering plants to turn your yard into an oasis for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Learn how to provide shelter and food for these keystone species. Help reverse habitat loss by creating your own pollinator-friendly garden. $5-$10 self-selected sliding scale fee. Pre-registration recommended. Call 272-2292 for more information or registration.

Winter Veggie Garden: Kitchen Garden Tour

Tour a ‘high tunnel’ (and a low tunnel) that supply much of the household’s winter produce, March 19 at 1 p.m., at a South Lansing location. A high tunnel is a tall plastic-enclosed growing area that relies on sunlight and captured heat to grow hardy greens. Address and directions available upon sign-up.  Limited parking. Limit of 15 participants. Pre-register and pre-pay ($7) by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 272-2292. 

Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening

This class will be held twice: March 24, 10 a.m.-noon, and March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Participants register for one date.) The workshop will help the beginning veggie gardener learn about garden siting, soil preparation,  how to start seeds, how to plant, when and how to mulch, and which easy veggies to try first. Pat Curran, horticulture educator, will also discuss favorite varieties, container gardening and harvesting tips.  Find out about Cooperative Extension’s “free seeds” cabinets. Both classes will be held at the Tompkins County Cornell Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca.  $5-$10 self-determined sliding scale fee; pre-registration preferred. Call 272-2292 for more information or registration.