Reduce the pain of gardening – AgriNews
Join Champaign County master gardeners at 7 p.m. on May 25 via Zoom for the Trimming the Pain from Gardening program.
Marcus Ruff, Physiotherapy Doctor and Certified Orthopedic Specialist, will discuss body mechanics and practices, including stretches and exercises that will improve flexibility and strengthen gardeners’ bodies. It will also offer tools and products to help gardeners prevent pain and injury. In addition, he will discuss ways to deal with aches and pains that the gardener may develop.
In this presentation you will learn:
- Body mechanics and changes in position.
- Stretches and exercises that benefit gardeners.
- Tools and products to use.
- Ways to deal with aches and pains.
Public presentation and culinary demonstration competition
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. —Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and the Vermilion County 4-Hs will participate in the unit-wide public display and food demonstration competitions starting at 9 am on May 22.
Events will take place in the main auditorium of the Champaign County Extension Office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign.
For more information visit tinyurl.com/9upwc6uc. If you have any additional questions, contact Magdalena Casper-Shipp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-5355.
Community compost collection
MAYWOOD, Illinois – University of Illinois extension in Cook County, Maywood Park district, Quinn Center and Real Foods Collective have teamed up to keep compostables out of landfills.
Bring yard, yard, and kitchen scraps to compost and pick up a finished bucket of compost for your yard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 22 at the Maywood Park District, 921 S. Ninth Ave., Maywood. The goal is to collect 5 tonnes of compostable material during the one-day event.
Bring your cut grass, leaves, landscape scraps and kitchen scraps: eggshells, vegetable skins and stems are welcome. Do not bring any products containing oil, salad dressings, dairy products, meat or bones. No branch more than 2 inches in diameter.
This event is BYOB – bring your own bucket (up to 5 gallons) – to take the finished compost home. The finished compost is first come, first served.
Social distancing and facial blankets required to participate in this free event.
If you have any questions, contact Gemini Bhalsod at email@example.com or 847-201-4176.
Grow a salsa garden
BEMENT, Ill. – Grow a Salsa Garden will take place at 1 pm on May 26 at the Bement Library, 349 S. Macon St., Bement. The program is designed for students who will be in Grades 3 through 12 the next school year. The goal is to encourage and inspire them to grow their own food and make salsa.
Each family will receive two 5-gallon buckets filled with soil, with holes drilled in the bottom to grow their tomato transplant, coriander seeds, and onion bulbs. They will also receive gardening resources.
Participants will have the opportunity to ‘showcase’ their vegetables at the DeWitt, Macon & Piatt 4-H Show in July.
Register by visiting tinyurl.com/393jtbm5.
Learn more about the seed library
MARSHALL, Ill. – Gardeners can now use their Marshall Public Library card to “borrow” seeds from the library when planting. At the end of the growing season, save seeds from mature plants and return them to the library for others to use.
Learn more about the Seed Library and how you can grow heirloom tomatoes or ornamental flowers at 2 p.m. on May 27 at the Marshall Public Library, 612 Archer Ave., Marshall.
Why use a seed library?
- Pick up a gardening book from the library after you’ve chosen your seeds.
- Experiment with new seeds without too much investment.
- Localized knowledge and seeds specific to your region.
- Preservation of heritage varieties.
For more information visit tinyurl.com/4f6442xv.