2008-08-07 / About Town

Learn about vegetable gardening at URI open house this Saturday

University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will hold an open house at their Vegetable Demonstration Garden at East Farm on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This free, public event is designed to give visitors practical information on how to design, build, plant and maintain a successful vegetable garden.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to give informal mini-talks on such topics as irrigation, soil preparation, proper tools, seed starting, organic growing practices, pest and disease controls, proper harvesting and growing methods including container gardening.

Four chefs, including professionals Normand J. Leclair and Bruce MacDonald, will also give demonstrations using fresh produce.

A Master Gardener kiosk will be set up to provide answers to specific gardening questions. In addition, free pH soil testing will be offered - bring about a cup of soil taken from various parts of the garden or lawn.

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