Rain and short days aren’t great for gardening, but they are good for learning more about plants and how to raise them.
The next Washington State University Extension Master Gardener volunteer training course starts in January and consists of 21 weeks of indoor and outdoor classroom training, as well as online and hands-on activities, according to a news release.
The 2017 training will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on alternating Fridays from Jan. 20 through June 9.
Topics include vegetables, ornamentals, soils, pruning, water-wise gardening, weeds, composting, plant disease diagnosis and insects.
On completion of classroom work, graduates are asked to volunteer 60 hours on community-based garden service projects before earning the WSU Master Gardener title.
Tuition is $300, which covers all course training supplies and field trips. Payment plans are available, and a limited number of full or partial scholarships are available to those in need.
To be considered for a training spot, complete an application and attend a 1 1/2-hour pre-orientation session. Sessions are at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8, Nov. 14, Dec. 8 and Dec. 13, and 6 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 15 at the Thurston County WSU Extension Office, 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia.
No pre-registration is needed. You can contact the program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-867-2162or visit http://thurston.wsu.edu/gardening.