Gardening on Saturday

    Although, it will be a few weeks before it’s dry enough to plant my fruit and vegetable seeds, that doesn’t stop me from dreaming about gardening.  On Saturday my dreams will come a little closer to reality because I’ll be attending Gardening Saturday in East Grand Forks.

    I’ve attended the annual April event, sponsored by the North Dakota State University Extension-Service Grand Forks County and the Grand Forks Horticulture Society, for several years and enjoyed every one of them. The speakers are always entertaining and offer great gardening ideas that I later try out on the farm. I had an opportunity to interview this year’s featured speaker, Rebecca Kolls, for a feature story and am excited to meet her in person. She’s funny, outgoing and full of information about flowers, fruit and vegetable gardening.

    Besides Kolls, Gardening Saturday also will have experts talking about a variety of gardening topics including patio gardening, gardening with color and keeping varmits out of your garden. Meanwhile, there also are sessions on home canning, making hypertufa gardening art and garden power tools.

    This year I’m bringing my 7-year-old daughter Ellen, who is my gardening partner-in-training with  me to Gardening Saturday. Ellen has helped plant the garden for several years and I thought it would be fun for her to learn more about growing fruits, fruits, flowers and vegetables. The more green thumbs in the family, the better.