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Spring Garden School

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
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Explore Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm in the springtime during our Spring Garden School! During this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to start seeds, how to plan your garden for seed saving, and how to get started composting. We’ll also teach you all about some of the easiest crops to plant for seed saving, including tomatoes, beans, and lettuce.

This popular event will be hosted on the same day as our Heritage Plant Sale.


  • 10:00 am - Starting and Transplanting Seeds
  • 11:00 am - Planning your Garden for Seed Saving
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Seed Saving Crops for Beginners
  • 2:00 pm - Introduction to Composting

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Seed Collecting Hike (Des Moines)

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Spend a fall morning on the prairie at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt learning about prairie plants and harvesting seeds along the way. This hike is suitable for all ages but will include walking off-trail on uneven ground. Participants should wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Transportation is not provided. Seeds collected on this hike will be used for a follow-up class, Prairie Seed Stratification, on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Participants need not attend both events.


Seed Starting at Home (Fairfax)

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30pm
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Starting flower and vegetables from seed is not only fun and satisfying, but it can also be a cost-effective way of expanding your garden varieties. LCMG Phil Pfister will provide tips and techniques on seeding, transplanting, and setting plants out in the garden, and extending the early and late growing season.


Garden Seed Saving (Oskaloosa)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:30pm
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Come learn about saving garden seed to use in future years from current garden crops on October 8 at 6:30 pm at the Mahaska County Extension office, 212 North I Street Oskaloosa. Master Gardener Krysta Wendelboe will be giving this encore presentation. 

Garden Seeds are often saved by home gardeners.  It is a great way to have seed for a loved garden crop and save money.  Come learn which seeds to save, and which to not to save; as well as techniques.  Krysta actively saves lettuce, herb, tomato, bean and pea seeds.

Mahaska County Master Gardeners are celebrating their sixteenth year.  The local program organized after the county held their first training.  The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides current, research based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects.  Master Gardeners receive horticulture training, and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service.  The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.

More information about this and other horticulture events can be found at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street; Oskaloosa Phone 641-673-5841; and