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The growing season beckons, and our Master Gardener is ready

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Even before the chocolate boxes for Valentine's Day got snapped up, some store shelves were decked out for another event: spring.

The packets of seeds for spring gardening are out there, even though growing season is officially a while off. Not that the recent warm and sunny weather gives any hint of winter.

Lynn Kunstman of Jackson County Master Gardeners is making plans for her own garden, and plans to help anyone else tending one. She joins us monthly outside of growing season for a gardening Q&A. If Lynn doesn't have the answer, she'll know someone who does.

Call live at 800-838-3760 or email in advance: JX@jeffnet.org.

Top tips this month:

  • Mulch to keep your soil from drying out! But careful with grass clippings, because the fresh ones can get hot.
  • Pine needles are okay for mulch.
  • Bare-root vegetables are available for sale now—go to the nursery, dig them out of the sawdust, and take them home and plant them—don't wait for frost to end!
  • Master Gardeners are working to raise funds for a rainwater catchment system after their well went dry at the Extension Center last year: https://gofund.me/fdd85b87
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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.