Vegetable gardening webinar offered

ESCANABA — Do you enjoy eating fresh vegetables? Would you like to learn the basic steps in starting and maintaining a vegetable garden? Michigan State University Extension is offering an online webinar series ‘Smart Vegetable Gardening 101’. Along with learning about the steps involved in getting started, you will become more familiar with the Smart Gardening initiative that promotes more earth friendly and sustainable practices for the home gardener.

This course is designed as an introduction to all aspects of vegetable gardening. Home gardeners and anyone interested in starting to grow vegetables should participate.

The webinar class starts on Tuesday, Jan. 19, and runs for six weeks from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Feb. 23. All sessions will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend a live session, you can view the recording. Class discussions will be incorporated via online chat pods. The course is $30, which must be paid in advance.

There is also an optional CD you can purchase for $37; the CD contains the power points and all of the educational resources, but it is not a video.

Residents can participate in this series from the comfort of your home or office computer. All that is required is high speed internet and Zoom. After you register and before the first class session, you will receive the Zoom link for the class.

The direct link to the registration site is:

To register by mail, send your name, address, phone number, and email address, along with payment to: Veggies 101, Tuscola County–MSU Extension, 362 Green St., Caro, MI 48723-1998. After Jan. 8 and through Jan. 15, registration is $40. For more information, call Michigan State University Extension – Iron County, 906-875-0606, or Hal Hudson at Michigan State University Extension – Tuscola County at or 989-672-3870.

For more information on a wide variety of Smart Gardening topics, visit the Gardening in Michigan website at or contact MSU’s toll-free garden hotline at 1-888-678-3464.