Dates to remember

March 12: Morton County Ag Day, 9 a.m., Bismarck

March 13: Fumigation certification, 12:30 p.m., New Salem

March 19: General pesticide certification, 6 p.m., Morton County Courthouse, Mandan

March 25: Spring Garden Forum, 6:30 p.m., Morton County Courthouse, Mandan

April 1: Spring Garden Forum, 6:30 p.m., Morton County Courthouse, Mandan,

Would you like expert tips to help you care for your yard and garden? North Dakota State University Extension is offering a series of garden forums this spring.

Live presentations from NDSU will be delivered to Extension offices across the state. Educators will be there to share educational materials and expertise. Free samples of bulbs and seeds will be provided to participants at these sites. The sessions are free.

There will be three brief presentations each night. The forums will run on Monday nights, March 25 and April 1, 8 and 15. All forums are set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Morton County Courthouse, 210 Second Ave. N.W., Mandan. To register, call 701-667-3340. To register to view the forums online, visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/springfever.

The topics and presenters are:

• March 25. Is There a Better Way to Grow Tomatoes?, Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, high-value crops; Hydroponics at Home, Chiwon Lee, greenhouse and vegetable specialist; Top Vegetable Varieties for N.D., Tom Kalb, Extension horticulturist.

• April 1. Raspberry Cultivars for N.D ., Wenhao Dai, woody plant physiology; Pruning Shrubs for Fruits and Beauty, Kathy Wiederholt, fruit project manager; Consumer Guide to Soil Test Kits, Chris Augustin, soils specialist.

• April 8. Tree Maintenance — Spring and Summer, Joe Zeleznik, Extension forester; Ash Replacement Trees, Todd West, woody plant introductions; Hip and Happening Hydrangeas!, Esther McGinnis, Extension horticulturist.

• April 15. Proper Mowing, Alan Zuk, turf specialist; Bring the Outdoors In: Fresh-Cut Flowers, Barb Laschkewitsch, research specialist; Beyond the Honey Bee, Travis Prochaska, crop protection specialist.

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Vanessa Hoines is an extension agent with NDSU Extension/Morton County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science education and food and nutrition and a master’s degree in child development and family science.