Sunny weather and a hearty rainfall has inspired Curry County Master Gardeners to get a jump-start on spring this year.

Plant clinics will begin anew April 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the OSU Extension Office at the fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

Volunteers there field all botanical questions, from plant identification to disease, soil testing and insect control to help residents maintain viable backyard and school gardens. Questions can also be asked via phone — although sometimes, clippings of plants might be needed — at 541-247-6672. Email questions can be sent to CurryMG@oregonstate.edu.

“And this year, besides our monthly information tables at Chet’s Garden Center and Fred Meyer, monthly talks on horticulture at the library, kids’ programs for plant identification, kids’ gardening activities at the library’s raised beds, and at the ABC Preschool, we are also looking at running a ‘Seed to Supper’ ‘budget’ gardening program with the Brookings/Harbor Food Bank to attract lower-income residents and encourage them to start gardening to eat healthier and at a lower cost,” said Master Gardener Coordinator Scott Thiemann.

A full-day training for that program will take place March 30 and feature numerous agencies associated with community service and food security, including a “large contingent from Crescent City,” organizers said.

Other programs will include tables at both the Azalea and Monarch festivals, radio appearances on KCIW, and a full-day course on permaculture in September for residents along the Wild Rivers Coast.

In Gold Beach, Master Gardeners will provide ongoing support for the county fair and the school garden at Riley Creek Elementary School, assist with invasive plant removal at Buffington Park and offer at least one after-school library program for youth as part of the annual Natural Resources Day and at the annual 4-H camp, Thiemann said.

The annual plant sale-fundraiser will be held over Mother’s Day weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11.

In North County, Master Gardeners are helping students learn about gardening at Driftwood Elementary School and providing presentations and kids’ activities at the annual Earth Day event at Dragonfly Farms.

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