Master Gardeners seeking volunteers

The Stokes Extension Master Gardener Association has plans for improvements at the SEEDS (Stokes Experimental Educational Dirt Spot) garden at King Recreation Acres. The third season for this demonstration and donation garden will see the addition of an irrigation system, as well as landscape cloth to help control weeds between beds. Blueberry bushes will be added to the site.

These improvements are labor-intensive, and the Association welcomes volunteers from the community. Participating in these operations will be an opportunity to learn theories behind and techniques of these activities, which gardeners may want to incorporate in their own gardens.

Two work days are scheduled to accomplish these tasks. The first, held on Feb. 20, was used to rake mulch away from the beds to either end of the area for later disposal, and remove bermuda grass. Volunteers should bring an iron-toothed rake, gloves, and, if possible, a wheelbarrow.

The second, March 19, will involve installation of the aisle portion of the irrigation system, and cutting and installing the landscape fabric. Tools needed include gloves, iron toothed and leaf rakes, masking or painters tape, plywood or cardboard cutting surface, knee pads or cushions, heavy duty stapler with staples, box cutter or heavy duty scissors, hammer, tape measure, and chalk line.

Work on both days begins at 9 a.m. Water and snacks will be provided. A few extra tools will be on hand, but please bring whatever you can, and identify your items in some way.

Master Gardeners support the mission of North Carolina Cooperative Extension by educating residents about safe, effective, and sustainable gardening practices that grow healthy people, gardens, landscapes, and communities. Their vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship.

For more information about these work days or about Master Gardener activites, call Katherine Gambill at 336-983-5248.

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