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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

This blog is used to distribute timely information to association members regarding volunteer opportunities, MGV highlights, and other social tid bits.

Horticulture related information is to be directed to the Horticulture Educator or the Plant Health Advisors.

This blog is not for garden related questions.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

JANUARY PROGRAM - Light your houseplants over winter

Did your houseplants take a vacation on the patio last summer? On the porch? In your garden?

A variety of houseplants with a variety of lighting needs,
 "vacationing" on the patio. 
While outside your plants may have enjoyed an entirely different light source than they were used to indoors. When they come back indoors for the winter their light source will, again, change. So how can you light them so they come through winter healthy and vibrant?

On Thursday, January 7, at 5:30 pm at Craig Center in the Rock County Fairgrounds, Master Gardener, Peg Lockman, will share a solution to indoor plant lighting that is both innovative and effective.  She designed and built a lighted cart that can be moved from place to place, affording the plants the best opportunity to not just make it through the winter, but to come into spring doing well.  She will be bring her system for you to study. Rock County Horticulture Educator, Christy Marsden, will provide handouts about the unit.  Christy will also provide handouts regarding a simple indoor light system that she constructed using PVC pipe and other readily available materials.

A lighted three-shelf plant stand on rollers.

A portable stand with adjustable lights.

A small, non-adjustable light stand.
This is a hands-on event. In addition to learning about indoor plant lighting, participants will start small pots of microgreens. You won't have to bring anything to the class. All the necessary supplies will be provided. The evening will begin with a short lecture and demonstration, followed by hands-on planting of small pots of microgreens. Expect to get dirty and dress accordingly.

This is an approved MGV class.  Attendees will receive 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participating.

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