CHEYENNE – The University of Wyoming Extension will host a free webinar series this spring about gardening and growing food in your backyard.

Backyard Gardening in Wyoming will be from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday between April 10 and May 15. Horticulture and gardening experts from UW Extension will present the various topics.

“Gardening in Wyoming is always challenging, particularly for those who move to Wyoming from other areas where it is easy to grow a garden,” UW Extension horticulture specialist and state Master Gardener coordinator Chris Hilgert said in a news release.

The webinars will be recorded and used to develop an online class series.

The schedule is:

April 10: “Extending the Growing Season,” presented by horticulturist Catherine Wissner.

April 17: “Build Your Garden’s Soil,” presented by agriculture and horticulture educator Caitlin Youngquist, who will discuss how to improve soils to boost plant growth and productivity.

April 24: “Vegetable Gardening,” presented by Wissner, who will explain what to grow and how to grow it successfully.

May 1: “Growing Small Fruits and Berries,” presented by Hilgert, who will discuss strawberry and raspberry varieties suitable for Wyoming and production practices for reliable harvests.

May 8: “Growing Fruit Trees,” presented by Hilgert. He will cover hardy varieties of apples, pears, cherries and peaches grown in Wyoming, as well as pruning techniques and pest management strategies that lead to greater harvests.

May 15: “Growing Herbs,” presented by horticulture specialist Karen Panter. She will cover growing herbs in containers outdoors and indoors.

The webinars can be viewed at https://uwyo.zoom.us/my/uwyo.mastergardener.

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