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Gardening Tips for Green Thumbs

The Scott Conservancy wants to teach amateur green thumbs how to grow their own vegetables in a backyard garden.

The Scott Conservancy wants to teach amateur green thumbs how to grow their own vegetables in a backyard garden.

The hour-long gardening seminar will be held March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Scott Park Lodge, and is open to area residents, including those from Dormont and Brookline. Admission is $5 at the door and organizers are asking that people contact the Conservancy via e-mail at scottconservepa@yahoo.com or by calling 412-788-1361 so they know how many people will be attending.

Jane Peart, chairperson of the conservancy’s community education program, said the presentation will offer both easy and intricate ways to grow healthy and fresh food in your garden.

“Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying forms of gardening,” Peart wrote in a press release. “In today’s economy, many are now turning to their backyard vegetable plots to help lessen high grocery bills.”

The “Vegetable Gardening +” event is in partnership with the Penn State Cooperative Extension master gardeners.

This class will cover the basics of planning your vegetable garden, preparing the soil, selecting seeds, tending to the plants and how to harvest them once they’ve matured. There will also be information about organic gardening and edible landscaping.

For more information about the event and Scott Conservancy, go to www.scottconservancy.org.

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gasman March 19, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Does anyone happen to know whether Dormont has compost available? I know they collect leaves and other yard debris, but I'm not sure what ever becomes of that waste. We have a backyard compost pile, but it's not "mature" enough to use for this season. Thanks.
Ed M March 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
You can get really good stuff at the Mt Lebanon Golf Course.

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