Soil lecture March 8

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Sustainable soil is healthy soil, rich with organic matter and essential minerals needed to make plants and vegetables thrive. You can create healthy soil for your yard and garden with tips from soil expert and guest speaker Brian Maddy at the next Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers’ Backyard Association Meeting on “Sustainable Soils.”

The free lecture is Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the UGA Extension – Coweta County, 255 Pine Road in Newnan.

Maddy, Troup County Extension Coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, will reveal how you can pep up your soil for spring planting. Hint: Don’t forget that soil test.

Maddy, a native Buckeye, is a graduate of Ohio State University, Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, where he majored in agriculture. While a student, he worked on beef and dairy farms.

Maddy taught high school agriculture courses for 30 years in Iowa, Ohio and Georgia. After his retirement from Troup County Comprehensive High School, he worked as a training coordinator for five years with Georgia Quick Start, the state’s internationally acclaimed workforce development program.

Admission to the 7 p.m. lecture is free, and you need not register in advance to attend unless you want to be registered for the door prizes, usually plants and other gardening goodies.

The Backyard Association is an educational program sponsored by the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs). The presentations are free to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Phone the Extension office at 770-254-2620 for reservations and to register for door prizes.