Ascension Parish gardening group offers series of workshops

The Ascension Parish Master Gardeners Association is offering a four-part fall series of educational workshops with gardening and landscaping tips for novice and advanced gardeners.

The workshops are hosted by the Ascension Parish Library on the following topics:

Gardening Inside the Box: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1, Dutchtown library branch. Craig Roussel, Ascension Parish horticulture agent with LSU Agricultural Center, will discuss how gardens, particularly vegetable gardens, often follow a traditional predictability. Learn how to create a raised bed garden to maximize space, minimize time, and increase productivity. Call (225) 673-8699 to register.

From Yard to Table — The Home Fruit Orchard: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 15, Galvez branch. Charles Johnson, professor of horticulture at LSU AgCenter, will discuss how a variety of fruit choices is essential for a healthy diet, and locally grown is always best. Learn how to create and manage your home fruit orchard throughout the year. Call (225) 622-3339 to register.

Dirt Cheap — Gardener’s Gold Mine: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22, Donaldsonville branch. Janis Poche, Ascension Parish Master Gardener, will discuss composting. Learn how to use an effective compost pile in a backyard to enrich gardens and landscape. Participants will also receive a winter gardening checklist to assist gardeners with winter gardening chores. Call (225) 473-8052 to register.

Plan Ahead for Gardening 2014: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 29, Gonzales library. Dan Gill, professor of horticulture with LSU AgCenter and author of regional gardening books, will discuss the best times to execute gardening tasks as each season unfolds. Call (225) 647-3955 to register.