As much as I always wanted to become a Master Gardener, I never really thought it was within my reach. But with the encouragement and support of my family, I went for it–and at the busiest time of my life, no less! I had recently started my gardening business, shortly after having a third child: a sweet, wild baby boy. And I never regretted it! It’s a wonderful experience that I highly recommend. And if I can do it, you can do it. Really!
I learned many new things in my classes, such as the best times for pruning: late winter and early, early spring. And I gained confidence when I found that some of my practices and beliefs were spot-on, like the fact that chemicals are approved and put on the market for people weighing 150 pounds (so no chemical should be taken lightly, but rather should be used only as a last resort). After practicing organic gardening for years, I was glad to have my gut instinct confirmed.
Another plus to becoming a Master Gardener was finding a productive way to give back to my community. I wanted to create a school garden at my kids’ school, and I could not have done this project without the help and support of my amazing teacher, Lisa Johnson. It also helped to spend some of my service hours working at another school garden, seeing all that could be accomplished in our climate zone.
The 2013 MG session is about to start, so here is the form. It looks like applications are due this week and classes start at the end of this month. Go for it!