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January 24, 2018

Toby Day will teach Level 1 Master Gardener Class in Fort Benton

Toby Day (MSU Extension Horticultural Associate) will be teaching the first session of Master Gardener training on February 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Toby Day will provide an overview of the Master Gardener program, and educate participants on soils, nutrients and fertilizers. The class will take place at the Memorial Ambulance of Fort Benton building located at 810 15th Street. The first session will be open to the public and free of charge.

The Level 1 Master Gardener course requires 16 hours of class time, and is often taught by local Extension agents, plant professionals, and Master Gardener volunteers. For a $50.00 fee, participants will receive the Montana Master Gardener Handbook and other informative handouts pertaining to the class. Level 1 Master Gardener participants will learn about:

• Introduction to Montana State University Extension and the Master Gardener program

• Soils and fertility (N-P-K-Fe)Plant growth and development

• Vegetable gardening

• Growing small fruit

• Growing and caring for flowers

• Trees, shrubs, vines and pruning

• Lawns and irrigation

• Composting

• Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

To become level 1 certified, participants must complete the Level 1 Master Gardener course, pass an open-book exam and fulfill volunteer commitment of a minimum of 20 hours. Please contact MSU Extension Chouteau County at 622-3751 to pre-register.

Montana State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Montana Counties Cooperating. MSU Extension is an equal opportunity/affirmative action provider of educational outreach


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