The popular KSU online gardening program kicks off on Wednesday

A wildly popular online gardening series doesn’t even plan to slow down by cooling the outside temperature.

In fact, according to the organizers of the K-State Garden Clock, the 2022 run will be in full swing, starting on the first Wednesday in January – Vegetables for Abundant Harvest.

“We look forward to offering a new webinar in 2022 based on the topics most requested by our participants,” said Matthew McKernan, K-State’s research and expansion horticultural agent in Sedgwick County. “There’s no better time than the cold winter months to plan next year’s garden. That’s why, whether you want to grow more crops from next year’s garden or redesign the landscape next year, our K-State Garden Hour Webinars are launching the new year to get your garden off to a good start in 2022. ”

With a one-time registration, viewers will have free access to all of the 2022 performances, which include:

  • January 5 – Vegetable varieties for an abundant crop.
  • February 2 – Indoor seed start.
  • March 2 – Landscape Planning 101.
  • April 6 – Pollination plans for continuous food sources.
  • May 4 – New and improved annual flower varieties.
  • June 1 – Organic pest control in vegetable gardens.
  • July 6 – Growing gastronomic mushrooms at home.
  • Aug. 3 – Landscaping for Wildlife.
  • September 7 – Trees Recommended for Kansas.
  • October 5 – Improving soil health in the landscape and garden.
  • Nov. 2 – Game damage prevention and control in lawns and gardens.
  • December 7 – Barrier-free gardening for everyone.

All programs take place online from 12:00 to 13:00 (CST), including a 45-minute presentation and 10 to 15 minutes for viewer questions. Descriptions of each program are available online.

McKernan said those who have previously registered for the webinars will need to re-register for the 2022 series. As in previous years, recordings of all webinars can be viewed online.

The K-State Garden Hour began in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, with K-State’s research and expansion horticultural experts sharing research-based information with gardeners with a variety of skills and experience.

McKernan said it has grown into a program that in 2021 was watched by viewers in 39 states, five countries and four continents. Between February and December, the program attracted 16,326 viewers, including a one-off peak of the container gardening workshop, 1,034 live viewers.

According to McKernan, those who responded to the series survey reported several positive results, including:

  • Of the 10 participants, 8 reported improvements in their physical and / or emotional health.
  • 74% of participants reported that gardening reduced personal stress and improved their quality of life.
  • Of the 10 participants, 7 reported spending more time gardening as a result of the webinars.
  • 87% of participants reported a reduction in pesticide use in pollinating areas to increase pollinator habitat.

“It’s incredible to see the impact and positive reactions from the audience in the K-State Garden Hour series,” McKernan said. “Our entire team has enjoyed hosting the webinar series and we are pleased to see that people are becoming more confident in gardening and that our participants have achieved greater success in what they are growing.

“We hope that the enthusiasm will continue in 2022 and that people will continue to reap all the benefits of the series.”

In addition to the online orientation, those interested can contact the local K-State Research and Expansion Office for more details on the K-State Garden Class.

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