Coffee with Master Gardeners series set

Staff Reports

TROY — A new horticulture series geared towards backyard gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts is set to begin from 10-11:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 in Troy.

The series is the work of the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. The OSUE Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides broad instruction in horticulture for enthusiasts of any skill level or interest and the event is open to the public.

The “Coffee with the Master Gardeners” series will be held on the first Friday of each month throughout 2016. Each session will focus on a different horticulture topic ranging from roses and shade gardening to succulents and weed management.

February’s session will focus on raised bed gardening. Many have tried traditional vegetable gardening and have become discouraged with the weeds and the time needed for watering and caring for the garden. This technique also works in yards with hills or inclines. In this session, participants will learn how to build a raised bed; the best “soil” type to use; how to grow vegetables organically; grow more in less space; and use fewer seeds and less water. The session will be taught by gardeners that have years of experience gardening in raised beds successfully.

The sessions will be held at the Ohio State University Extension office, 201 W. Main St. Troy, located on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse.

Pre-registration is required as space will be limited to the first 20 participants. The cost is $10 per session and includes beverages, refreshments, and handouts. The registration deadline is one week before each event.

Contact the office at (937) 440-3945 or stop in the office to register with cash, credit card or check. Interested but still have questions? Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.