Three-part class to help garden novices

SYCAMORE – Starting a vegetable garden can be a very confusing and intimidating process if it’s something you’ve never done before. University of Illinois Extension is offering a series of programs to help beginners in vegetable gardening.

The Beginning Vegetable Gardening series will provide basic information on starting a vegetable garden in a backyard or at a community or school garden plot. The series will start this fall with programs on site selection, building raised beds, cool season crops, extending the growing season and garden planning. Next spring, the series will continue with a variety of other basic programs like seed starting, warm season crops, planting and garden care, vegetable pests and disease management.

The first program of the series, Site Selection and Raised Beds, will be offered at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore, from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Placement is everything in a vegetable garden, and the first step is to choose a site and analyze the soil. This is something you can start doing this fall in preparation for starting a garden in the spring. Extension horticulture educator Candice Miller will teach you about the best location for a vegetable garden, how to take a soil test, and how to easily build a raised bed garden.

To register for this program, call 815-758-8194 or visit The cost for this program is $5, or $12 for the series of three programs.

The series will continue with Cool Season Vegetable Crops and Season Extension from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Garden Planning and Variety Selection from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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