Washington County News Column- March 29, 2017

Back To Basics: Growing And Cooking Greens

Growing Greens in the garden go way beyond spinach and kale. Get the most nutrition out of your garden by incorporating several varieties of greens in your planting. University of Illinois Extension will present a program all about ‘greens.’ We will define what makes a green a green. We will take look at a variety of topics like growing greens in-ground or container grown, micro-greens, baby greens, organic versus traditional growing technics.
Participants will learn about dozens of greens from arugula to wasabi and many types in-between. The presenter will address the cultural needs of each variety including ways to plant, cook and store each variety. There will be recipes available for many varieties discussed. Greens are easy to grow and produce quickly. They can be planted early to late season for close to year round harvesting and will add weeks to your harvesting season in both the spring and fall. We will look at alternative ways with greens such as incorporating greens in your landscape, growing in greenhouse or in a high tunnel, how to re-grow greens to maximize multiple harvests, and learn the difference between sprouts and micro-greens. Become the ‘green envy’ of your gardening friends by attending this session.
Program will be offered April 8, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension, 1163 North 4th Street, Breese. There is no fee for taking this class but registration is required by calling 526-4551 by April 6.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.

4-H Archery Club Meetings To Begin In April

Washington County 4-H will begin their Spring 4-H Archery season on April 1 at the Washington County Extension Office in Nashville. The Archery club is open to Washington County youth ages 8 and older (as of Sept.1). The cost is $20 per child, and the group will meet from April through the end of June. Equipment is provided for participants.
Each meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Meeting dates are April 1, 8, 29, May 13, 27, June 10 and 24. The club is made possible through funding by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, the Washington County Farm Bureau and the Elkhorn Creek Rack-a-Holics Chapter.
Participating youth will learn safe and responsible use of archery equipment, sound decision-making skills, self-discipline and concentration. 4-H Shooting Sports programs promote the highest standards for safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior.
For more information, or to register for Archery, please call the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.

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