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Mother Nature Forcing Rescheduling for Pruning & Pond Management

BY CARLA VAUGHT, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT –

Like everyone else, Mother Nature has caused a lot of changes in events hosted and sponsored by the County Extension Office in the past 2.5 weeks. We are working to get things rescheduled and publicized so everyone has an opportunity to participate in our programs.

The orchard pruning demonstration we postponed due to low temperatures and then freezing rain has been rescheduled for Monday, March 9th at 2:00 pm. This will be held at the Avalon Keep Botanical Garden on Miller Street in Mena.  Most people know Miller street as the street where the “tornado tree” is located on the corner of Reine and Miller. Participants are asked to park in the old city equipment yard on the right as you go down the hill on Miller. The Orchard is about a half block off of Reine at 1750.  Michael Cate is the owner of the orchard.

Mr. Clay Wingfield, horticulture technician for the U of A Division of Agriculture’s Southwest Research and Extension Center at Hope will be on hand to conduct the demonstration and answer questions about fruit production.  This orchard has over 100 trees consisting of peach, plum, nectarine, apricot, apple, and pear.  We will also be discussing blueberry, blackberry, grape, and muscadine production and management.

The other demonstration we cancelled due to icy weather was the rose pruning demonstration at the courthouse rose garden on Mena street.  The shrub roses at that location will be pruned on Wednesday, March 11 at 2:00 pm. This garden is maintained by the Polk County Master Gardeners as one of their projects. Bring your hand pruners and some heavy gloves and you can get first-hand experience learning to properly prune roses.  Although these are all shrub type roses, we will discuss pruning and managing all types of roses.

There is no need to pre-register for either of these demonstrations.  Be sure to dress appropriately for weather and wear sturdy shoes.

For more information, contact the County Extension Office at 479-394-6018.

Pond Management Workshop 

The Farmers Coop and Purina will be hosting a pond management seminar on Friday, March 13 from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Lime Tree Restaurant meeting room in Mena.  In addition to information on growing big fish, vegetation control, and other management tips, County Agent Carla Vaught will also be on hand to inform participants of services the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service can provide to pond owners. We spend a lot of time helping landowners troubleshoot fish/pond problems.

If you are interested in attending this pond management workshop, contact Farmer’s Coop and register for the event.  They would like to hear from all who would like to attend by Wednesday, March 11th.  Pre-register and get more information by calling Farmer’s Coop at 479-394-3373.

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