Schedule set for Extension gardening workshop series

MERIDIAN — Garden enthusiasts with resolutions to learn more about their favorite hobby should mark their calendars for a series of workshops available at the county Extension office.

Wayne Porter, a regional Extension horticulture specialist, will kick off the 2014 “Lunch and Learn” program on Jan. 23 at noon. From February through November, workshops will be held the third Thursday of each month.

Porter delivers the workshop live at the Lauderdale County Extension office, but gardeners in any county can sign up to access the workshop through the interactive videoconference system at their local Extension office.

“The workshops are designed to give gardeners in-depth knowledge of a particular garden topic,” Porter said. “I hope this will translate into more successful home gardens and landscapes.”

2014 dates and topics:

Jan. 23: Cool-season Vegetables

Feb. 20: Ins and Outs of Grafting Plants

March 20: Mulching Mania

April 17: Rain Barrel Basics, Free Water for the Taking

May 15: Basic Landscaping and Mistakes to Avoid

June 19: Weed Control in the Lawn and Landscape

July 17: Common Plant Problems

Aug. 21: Poisonous Plants and How to Live with Them

Sept. 18: Water Gardens

Oct. 16: Rain Gardens

Nov. 20: Backyard Fruit Production

Dec. No program

For more information, contact Porter at 601-482-9764 or