Popular KSU Online Gardening Program Kicks Off Wednesday

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A very popular online gardening series doesn’t plan to slow down even as the temperatures outside get colder.

In fact, K-State Garden Hour organizers say the 2022 lineup is moving ahead at full speed, starting with the first Wednesday in January – Vegetable Varieties for Bountiful Harvests.

“We’re excited to offer a new webinar series in 2022, based on the topics our attendees have requested the most,” said Matthew McKernan, Horticultural Officer for K-State Research and Extension in Sedgwick County. “There’s no better time than the cold winter months to plan next year’s garden. That’s why, whether you want to grow more garden produce next year or redesign your landscape next year, our K-State Garden Hour webinars will kick off the new year to get your garden off to a good start in 2022.

A one-time registration gives viewers free access to all 2022 sessions, which include:

  • January 5 – Varieties of vegetables for bountiful harvests.
  • February 2 – Beginning of indoor seeds.
  • March 2 – Landscaping 101.
  • April 6 – Pollinator shots for continuous food sources.
  • May 4 – New and improved annual flower varieties.
  • June 1 – Organic pest control for home gardens.
  • July 6 – Growing culinary mushrooms at home.
  • August 3 – Landscaping for wildlife.
  • September 7 – Recommended trees for Kansas.
  • October 5 – Improve soil health in the landscape and garden.
  • November 2 – Prevention and control of damage caused by wildlife in lawns and gardens.
  • December 7 – Gardening accessible to all.

Each program runs online from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (CST), including a 45-minute and 10-15 minute presentation for viewers’ questions. A description of each program is available online.

McKernan said those who have registered for previous webinars must register again for the 2022 series. As in years past, recordings of all webinars can be viewed online.

The K-State Garden Hour began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way for horticulture experts at K-State Research and Extension to share research-based information with gardeners of all abilities and backgrounds.

It became a program that in 2021 was watched by viewers in 39 states, five countries and four continents, according to McKernan. Between February and December, the program drew 16,326 viewers, including a one-session peak of 1,034 live viewers for a workshop on container gardening.

McKernan said those who responded to a poll about the series reported several positive results, including:

  • 8 in 10 participants said they had improved their physical and / or emotional health.
  • 74% of participants reported reduced personal stress levels and a better quality of life from gardening.
  • 7 in 10 participants reported spending more time gardening as a result of the webinars.
  • 87% of participants reported reducing the use of pesticides in pollinator areas in order to increase pollinator habitat.

“It’s amazing to see the impact and positive response from our audience for the K-State Garden Hour series,” McKernan said. “Our entire team has enjoyed hosting the webinar series and we are delighted to see people’s confidence in gardening grow, as well as to see our attendees become more successful in what they grow.

“We hope that the excitement continues through 2022 and that people continue to enjoy all the benefits this series has to offer.”

In addition to online information, those interested can also contact their local K-State Research and Extension office for more details on the K-State Garden Hour.


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