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Learn how to harness your garden growing power

Is it a challenge to find enough space to plant all the flowers and veggies you'd like to grow?

Well, don't plant them flat in the ground. Discover how to send them skyward instead. Or learn the secrets to container gardening or how to successfully start your plants from seed.

These are all topics to be covered at a series of spring gardening classes April 26 at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden next to the Mid-Columbia Library at 1620 S. Union St. in Kennewick.

The classes run approximately 45 minutes each and will be taught by Washington State University Master Gardeners from Benton and Franklin counties.

"You can take one class or all three," said Master Gardener Barbara Jo LaPrath. "There's just a $5 charge for each one and if a couple wants to attend together it's just $5 for both."

Pay by cash or check at the registration table before the class. Choose from:

- Vegetable Gardening, 9 a.m. -- Bob Brown of Kennewick will talk about starting vegetables from seed, making your own seed starting mix and reducing insect and disease damage in the garden.

- Container Gardens, 9:45 a.m. -- Shirley Wardrobe of Kennewick will show how to create colorful and long-lasting container gardens. From bulbs to perennials to annuals, she'll demonstrate how to plant it all for multi-season color.

- From Pot to Ground & Vertical Gardening, 10:30 a.m. -- Shirley Wardrobe and Cindy Mason, both of Kennewick, will discuss the proper way to care for annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs. The two experts also will share some new ideas to utilize vertical spaces in your garden. There will be examples displayed at the class and handouts so you can create them on your own.

The classes will be held outdoors in the Demonstration Garden. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and for working in the garden. If it's hot and sunny, be sure to protect yourself from the sun and bring bottled water.

There will be many opportunities for hands-on learning, so you might want to bring your gardening gloves too, LaPrath said.

For more information on the classes, or to contact a Master Gardener with a gardening question, call 735-3551.