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The Pueblo County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

2020 Yard and Garden Classes   arrow

All of our 2020 Yard & Garden classes are listed below.  We will post a link to EventBrite for registration soon. Please register at the Extension Office — 701 Court Street, Suite C (2nd floor, all the way down the hall). We can accept cash, or checks payable to “Pueblo Count Extension Program Fund.”  We cannot accept credit or debit cards.

Butterfly on orange flowerNative Plants and Their Pollinators:  Building gardens that support bees, birds and butterflies
Tuesday, March 3
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
CSU Extension
$10 per person materials included
Purchase tickets by February 28.
Instructor: Linda McMulkin
Adding native plant species to your home landscape provides habitat for native wildlife.  This class will cover plants from the pollinator perspective and provide techniques to build a home garden that is both beautiful for humans and useful to pollinators.
–              How to match native to plants to native pollinators
–              Designing a garden that fits the needs of insects and birds
–              How to choose the best plants for your site
–              Planting a native garden from seed
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Bell peppers, carrots, squash, and chile peppersGrowing Vegetables
Saturday, April 25
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CSU Extension
$10 per person materials included
Purchase tickets by April 18
Instructor: Kata Schmidt
Learn tips and techniques for successful vegetable gardening in Pueblo. Topics include:
–              Straw bale gardening
–              Gardening in containers
–              Composting
–              Plant selection
–              Irrigation
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rain dropping into puddleUsing rainwater in your home garden
Wednesday, May 13
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CSU Extension
$10 per person including materials
Purchase tickets by May 6
Instructor: Sherie Caffey
Learn how to build a rain barrel, how to use rainwater to irrigate your landscape, and how to take advantage of passive rain water harvesting.

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various herbs in wooden spoonsGrowing, using, and preserving herbs
Tuesday, June 23 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. AND Wednesday, June 24 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CSU Extension
$20 per person includes materials and planter
Purchase tickets by June 16
Instructors: Sherie Shaffer and Laura Griffin
Plant and decorate your own windowsill herb garden to take home. Participants will learn:
–              How to grow and care for herbs
–              Flavor and food combinations
–              How to store, freeze, and dry herbs

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flower under magnifying glassAdvanced Diagnostics
Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10
Both days 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break
CSU Extension
$10 per person, free for MGs
Purchase tickets by July 2
Instructors: Tamla Blunt and Carol O’Meara
Topics TBD

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pink flowerCollecting seeds from native plants
Saturday, July 18
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instructor: Linda McMulkin
$10 per person includes materials
Purchase tickets by July 11
Learn how to collect seeds from native plants to grow in your garden

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bee on white flowerHelpful Habitats for Pollinators
Saturday, August 15
Native bees: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Butterflies: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hummingbirds: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CSU Extension
$15 per person each class, includes materials and habitat to take home
Purchase tickets by August 8
Instructor: Sherie Shaffer
–              Native bees: Learn about Colorado’s native bees and attracting them to your landscape. Take home a mason bee habitat!
–              Butterflies: Learn about Colorado’s butterflies and how to attract them to your landscape. Build and take home a butterfly house!
–              Hummingbirds: Learn about Colorado’s hummingbirds and how to attract them to your landscape. Build and take home a wine bottle hummingbird feeder!

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various peppers with seeds showingSaving seeds from vegetables
Wednesday, September 23
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
CSU Extension
$10 per person includes materials
Purchase tickets by September 16
Instructor: Sherie Shaffer
Saving seeds from your vegetable garden allows you to save money and grow well adapted plants to your area. Learn how to save seeds from some popular vegetables, seed saving resources that can be helpful, and how to store seeds in your home.

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composting binsComposting Basics
Saturday, October 17
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CSU Extension
$20 per person includes materials and worm bin to take home
Purchase tickets by October 10
Instructor: Kata Schmidt
Learn about:
–              Backyard composting
–              Worm composting
–              Science and benefits of composting
–              Pros and cons of commercial compost products

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Three houseplants by a windowThe Basics of Houseplants
Saturday, November 14
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CSU Extension
$10 per person includes materials
Purchase tickets by November 7
Instructor: Sherie Shaffer
Learn about houseplant propagation methods, and general care for some common houseplants