JGladwin Master Gardeners are sponsoring a free public seminar on plant nutrient management. Those interested in a science-based approach to fertilizing lawns, landscape plants, trees and shrubs are encouraged to attend. The seminar will be held at Gladwin Free Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is requested by calling 989-2426-7741.
The guest speaker and seminar presenter will be Wes Alexander. Wes was a faculty member at Virginia Tech University for 31 years as an agricultural scientist and agronomist. After retirement, Wes moved to his home state of Michigan, bought a small farm and built a produce operation.
Wes marketed produce at the Gladwin Farmers Market, Beaverton Farmers Market, Houghton Lake Farmers Market and on the farm through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. His farming operation included greenhouses, hydroponics, drip irrigation and fertigation. In addition to produce, the farm produced maple syrup, honey, and value-added products such as jellies, pickles, and salsas.
Wes will present a basic understanding of fertilization and soil pH from a scientific perspective. The information is intended to help homeowners make wise decisions about the proper fertilization of their landscape plants.