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Gardening class Saturday focusing on vegetables
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Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking of your summer garden.

Just in time to help you get started on the basics of a vegetable garden are the Master Gardeners of the University of California Extension Office in San Joaquin County. This will be the topic of the second gardening class series being offered every third Saturday of the month at the Manteca Public Library this year. The class will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the library’s John McFall Room.

Marcy Hachman, coordinator of the University of California Master Gardeners program in San Joaquin County will be teaching the class, along with master gardeners who have completed the extensive training through the UC Master Gardeners program in San Joaquin County.

Class topics range from basic rose care, which was the subject of the first class offered in February, to container gardening, water conservation and composting. They are designed to educate homeowners on seasonal gardening issues, reducing green waste and other “green” gardening subjects.

The classes are offered free of charge and no advance sign-ups will be necessary. However, anyone planning to attend is asked to call the Master Gardeners office to give them an idea as to number of free gardening materials and handouts they will need to bring for the class.

The San Joaquin County UC Cooperative Extension Office located at 2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Suite 200, in Stockton can be reached at (209) 953-6100.

The rest of the free gardening classes that will be offered at the library every third Saturday of the month through November is as follows:

April 16 – Introduction to container gardening.

May 21 – The 10 least wanted bugs and how to deal with them.

June 18 – Water conservation in the home landscape.

July 16 – Attracting birds beneficial to your garden.

August 20 – Composting and green waste reduction, building a healthy soil.

September 17 – Turf grass 101; managing a healthy lawn.

October 15 – Landscape trees and shrubs; selecting, planting and training.

November 19 – Winter garden chores.

For more information about the San Joaquin Master Gardener program, call (209) 953-6100 or log on to The Manteca Library is located at 320 West Center Street.