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Learn to make food and money at Mid-Missouri Expo, Feb. 25

Writer:

Linda Geist
Writer
University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-9185
Email: GeistLi@missouri.edu

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Story source:

Kent Shannon, 573-445-9792

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Small farmers and backyard gardeners can learn about the newest gardening sensation at the Mid-Missouri Expo. The event is Saturday, Feb. 25, at Battle High School, Columbia.

University of Missouri Extension sponsors the event for those who want to grow food and develop horticulture and livestock enterprises.

Kent Shannon, MU Extension natural resources engineer, said Master Gardeners will show how to grow vegetables, flowers and fruits in straw bales.

Straw bale gardening is a type of container gardening that raises the growing area closer to the gardener. Gardening can begin as early as mid-March.

Straw bale gardening is an option for those with poor soil and limited space, said Audrain County Master Gardener Roberta Wilson. She spoke at the recent Audrain County Soils Health and Crop Conference in Mexico. Wilson has grown fruits and vegetables in straw bale gardens for several years.

Master Gardeners will tell how to perform a 12-day conditioning routine before planting straw bale gardens. They will give advice on what plants to grow, how to maintain the garden and how to best use space.

MU and Lincoln University extension specialists also will offer many sessions at the event. Topics include water quality, soil improvement, fencing law, ponds, pollinators, weed management, beekeeping and food preservation.

The event runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Preregistration is $40 and includes lunch. On-site registration is $50 (lunch not guaranteed). Contact the MU Extension Center in Boone County at 573-445-9792 or BooneCo@missouri.edu for more information. A schedule is at extension.missouri.edu/boone/mid-moexpo.aspx.