By Rebecca Krans

MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator

TUSTIN — Whether a seasoned vegetable gardener or just a beginner, the upcoming Smart Vegetable Gardening Workshop to be held at the Kettunen Center in Tustin may be for local residents.

The course is offered by MSU Extension and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Smart Gardening is focused on providing home gardeners Earth-friendly techniques that help reduce pesticide use, build healthy soils and make use of organic fertilizer sources. Key messages focus around smart soils, smart plants, smart lawns, smart vegetables and smart gardening for pollinators.

Smart Vegetable Gardening will be the focus of the all-day conference. Four different Michigan State University Educators will provide presentations on the following Smart topics: Smart Gardening for Healthy Soils, Season Extenders for Smart Gardening, Smart Vegetable Gardening for Pollinators/Beneficials, and Smart Nutrient Management for Vegetables. Visit events.anr.msu.edu/2016SGVegConfKett/ to register.

Only online registrations will be accepted before the day of the conference. Registration includes snacks, lunch, handouts, access to Michigan State University Extension’s Smart Gardening tip sheets and door prizes. You must allow 10 days for processing if paying by check, so checks are due to MSU ANR Events Services online by May 10. Those without internet access may register through the Wexford or Osceola County MSU Extension Offices.

To learn more about the Smart Gardening initiative, please visit the Gardening in Michigan website at www.migarden.msu.edu. For those with specific questions about the conference, contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator, directly at (906) 875-0606 or by email at kransr@anr.msu.edu.