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Share your homemade, home-grown efforts at fair

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Have you ever wanted to enter a project into the Johnson County fair? There are many different class groupings for Johnson County residents of all ages to show off a home-grown or homemade item. We have an Open Class section in Fitzpatrick Hall for horticulture.

Maybe you’ll grow some amazing flowers this year. Or perhaps your vegetable garden will have a prize-winning beauty. You might even have the best-looking bale of hay!

Contact us at the Purdue Extension office for a copy of the Open Class rule booklet. We list each category for competition. Of course, there are other options for projects as well, such as baked goods, sewing and art. The 2014 fair is July 13 to 19.

The Johnson County Master Gardeners will have a booth in Fitzpatrick Hall during the fair to answer questions about your lawn and garden. The next Johnson County Master Gardener training begins Aug. 19. The 12-week series will be from 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday. To get registered, contact me at sspeedy@purdue.edu or 736-3724. You’ll pay $125 for materials. The program provides a learning framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of garden subjects.

In turn, participants volunteer and help others grow by sharing knowledge and service in educational gardening activities within their communities. To see the Master Gardener brochure, visit hort.purdue.edu/mg/pubs/HO-184.pdf

I’m not sure if there is ever a point in one’s life that we feel as if we know it all about gardening. There seems to always be something new and exciting to learn. Did you know ...

The best time to prune early spring flowering trees is right after the flowers fade?

May is a good time to take cuttings of houseplants to increase your collection and/or share with friends?

Roots grown in water alone tend to be weaker, so put cuttings in potting soil or another type of growing media.

For junior gardeners ages 8 to 12, you can dig in and learn about plants, soil, insects and more at Youth Garden Camp, which runs June 16 to 20 at the Extension office. Contact us to get registered soon. The cost is $15 per camper.

The Friends of Johnson County Agriculture will conduct their annual Know Your Neighbor event June 21. Come visit the Campbell Family Farm from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Adults and children can learn about grain farming, soils and water, modern farm equipment and safety, livestock and 4-H. Doughnuts, beverages, games and activities will be provided for free.

Stop in to learn about agriculture practices going on in the community. Agriculture business folks will be there to answer your questions. The Campbell farm is at 5417 E. County Road 300N near Franklin.

Sarah Hanson is the agricultural natural resources extension educator through the Johnson County Purdue Extension. She has a master’s degree in animals and public policy from Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Purdue University. Send comments to letters@dailyjournal.net.

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