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CSM Fall Gardening Courses For Late Bloomers
University of Maryland Extension Program Offers Expertise

This fall, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is partnering with the
University of Maryland Extension’s (UME) Master Gardeners program to
offer two, one-day gardening courses on CSM’s Leonardtown Campus,
“Fall Gardening” Oct. 3 and “Home Landscaping” Nov. 7.

According to the National Gardening Association, 42 million households
were growing their own food in home and community gardens in 2014, which
is an increase from 36 million in 2008. People aged 18 to 34 contributed
largely to that figure, as the number of millennial gardeners increased
from 8 million in 2008 to 13 million in 2013.

“Our gardening classes are fairly new and haven’t had a high number
of enrollments in the past, but I am excited to see how the fall
gardening classes with UME go,” said Shaunda Holt, program coordinator
for adults and personal enrichment programs. “With the number of
millennials showing an increasing interest in growing their own food in
home and community gardens, these fall gardening courses will help
provide essential cold-month tips, such as bulb maintenance, mulching
techniques and determining which crops thrive in cooler weather.”

“Fall Gardening” is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 3 and will
teach students to maintain their garden during the cold months or to
start from scratch. Students will also learn techniques involved in
growing and harvesting fall vegetables, planting bulbs for spring
flowers and composting.

“Home Landscaping” is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 7 and will
teach students practical ways to develop a functional ecology in their
home’s landscape as well as techniques that contribute to healthy
waterways. Other topics covered include improving a landscape’s
appearance, decreasing the workload and improving the local watershed.

Registration for the courses is accepted up to the day prior to the
start of class and can be made online, through walk-in registration at
any campus and the Waldorf Center or by mail using a downloadable form.

For information on these courses as well as others offered this fall,
visit http://www.csmd.edu/CommunityEducation/ or contact 301-539-4760 or
conedops@csmd.edu.

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