Free classes for fruit lovers

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We all enjoy good fresh fruit, but with it many questions come to mind.

Will this fruit produce in Georgia?  When do I plant it?  Where?  How do I keep it healthy?  Am I in the right climate zone for it to prosper?

To help you out with these questions, the local extension service has scheduled two free classes.

“Growing Small Fruit at Home” is Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 210 of the Fayette County Administrative Complex next door to the Extension Office. Come learn how to grow fruits in your backyard including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, muscadines, and figs. There will also be a discussion of common insect and disease pests to look out for. Presented by Kim Toal, Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent, Fayette County.

“Native Fruit Trees for your Backyard” is Thursday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-noon in the administrative complex’s public meeting room. Are you interested in eating fresh fruit picked from your backyard? Consider creating a native fruit tree orchard right at home!  Whether you are interested in planting one or a dozen, native fruit trees are an excellent choice for the beginner or experienced gardener looking to have lower maintenance fruit trees. Presented by Heather Kolich, Forsyth County Extension Agent.

These programs are free of charge but registration is required for seating and material. RSVP to uge2113@uga.edu or 770-305-5412×7 with the name(s) of those attending and a phone contact. Please indicate which class(es) you will be attending. Don’t procrastinate; if there is not adequate attendance, the program(s) are subject to cancellation.