Local MSU-Extension Offices Hosting Master Gardening Virtual Course

FORT BELKNAP, Mont. (NMB) – The MSU-Extension Offices for Blaine County and Fort Belknap are teaming up to host an eight week virtual Master Gardening Program.

Blaine County Extension Agent Juli Snedigar says this is the first time in years that a program like this has been offered on the Hi-Line.

“We’ve had a lot of interest, so this year we decided to bring level one to start with. It’s just a good introduction to everything from soils to plant growth and development, vegetable gardening, growing fruit and trees, landscaping, and everything from lawns, irrigation. You name it, we talk about it in level one. The master gardener program, you can participate just to learn but you can also take a test to become a certified master gardener, and that comes with the volunteer aspect. There’s just a lot of people interested in growing their own food and gardening right now. So we thought it was a great time to offer the class.”

The course fee is $20, while the accompanying manual is $50.

“It’s a great benefit to participating in the class. It’s a book that was put together by MSU personnel trained in the Master Gardener program. It’s well worth the cost. And then the manual goes along with all of the handouts that we put together that go along with the class. Those include many mock guides, which are the Extension publications that pertain to all of the different sections that we cover.”

The weekly course, which is open to everyone, will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8 PM from March 2nd through April 20th.

Those looking to apply can contact Extension by phone at 357-3200 or by emailing blaine@montana.edu.

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