Learning blossoms at garden series

CORTLAND — Howland resident Deanna Bollas said the topics presented by members of the Trumbull County Master Gardeners at their Wednesday evening programs are not only providing ways to be better gardeners, but they promoting healthy living.

“They are showing how to grow your own fruits and vegetables for good health. The flowers they show how to grow provide ideas on how to decorate your garden with beauty,” Bollas said.

The Trumbull County Master Gardeners continue their Wednesday in the Garden series 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at Trumbull County Agriculture and Family Education Center, 520 W. Main St., Cortland. Fall programs are “Cleaning Up Your Garden” on Sept. 11; “What’s Blooming in Your Garden” on Sept. 25; and “Decorating Pumpkins” on Oct. 9.

Howland resident Carol Olson, a Master Gardener since 2008, was a recent speaker on “Growing Herbs and Cooking with Herbs.”

“I focused on the different herbs and the ones that are easier to grow, such as basil, parsley, thyme and sage,” Olson said.

There is a small herb bed at the center which did not grow well this year because of too much rain followed by drying out too much because of the heat, she said. Also animals got to some of the herbs.

“It is important to water them well the first two weeks after you plant them so the roots establish themselves,” she said.

Don Jones, program moderator, said other topics have included weeding in the garden, organic gardening, container gardening, native plants in Ohio and growing everything from potatoes to grapes.

“The program has been held in past years and people make suggestions of what they need help with and what would be a good topic for a program. We listen to what people’s needs are and try and find an expert to cover that topics,” Jones said.

Glenna Hodges of Howland said the programs are educational.

“I have learned many ideas for my garden and even for the plants inside my house,” she said.

Jones said programs will continue in the winter months inside the center. For information call 330-638-6783.