Spring “begins” on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at Dunn County Services Building (3001 U.S. Highway 12 East, Menomonie). Two speakers will focus on a variety of ways of vegetable gardening. Registration cost is $8 until Feb. 23, or $10 after or at the door. Fee includes materials, coffee, snacks and door prizes.

From 9-10:15 a.m., Faye Ryszkiewicz’s program — Growing Edibles Without a Garden — will feature a variety of edibles including vegetables, herbs and fruits with a “splash” of flowers in a wide variety of containers.

Ryszkiewicz is the owner of Fryszki’s Country Gardens LLC, located in Caryville. Greenhouse work was not a life-long aspiration; rather it was inspired by taking a part-time greenhouse job that developed over time into owning and operating her own greenhouse business.

To enhance her greenhouse work experience, she earned associate degrees from Chippewa Valley Technical College in marketing, business management, and landscape, plant and turf management in addition to the computer information systems programmer/analyst degree she earned years earlier, which was her career prior to be introduced to the wonderful world of plants.

From 10:45 a.m.-noon, Sandra Lindow presents A Hedge Witch and Her Raised Beds. A hedge witch is an older woman who lives at the edge of the village. Lindow will talk about vegetable gardening using raised beds, using French intensive techniques for gardening in relatively small spaces. Lasagna mulching and companion planting will be discussed as well as pressure canning. Poetry about gardening will be included.

Sandra Lindow spent her first 10 years on a farm in central Wisconsin. In elementary school, she joined 4-H and took classes in cooking and canning, winning blue ribbons for her canned green beans. Now she continues to garden using raised beds and French intensive techniques in her relatively small back yard.

Her first poetry publication was in a Sunday School magazine at age 11. Since then, she has had hundreds of publications including seven collections, most recently The Hedge Witch’s Upgrade, 2012 which centers on her Menomonie yard and gardens. Much of her poetry focuses on various aspects of gardening.

The event is sponsored by Dunn County Master Gardener Association and UW-Extension Dunn County. For more info or to register, contact the UW-Extension Dunn County office at 715-232-1636 or visit https://dunn.uwex.edu/.

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Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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