Take The Mystery Out Of Soil Testing – Son’t Guess, Soil Test!University of Illinois Washington County Extension News – September 16, 2015

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Take The

Mystery Out Of Soil Testing- Don’t Guess… Soil Test!

Knowing what is in your soil and what it needs is a basic and first step for good plant health. Your plants depend on the soil to provide adequate nutrients in which to grow. A good gardener must manage that soil balance for best growth.

University of Illinois Extension will present a two part workshop on taking a quality soil sample and understanding the test results. On day one we will discuss the need for soil testing, why fall is the best time to soil test and how to collect soil samples. Participants will take home soil collection bags and collect samples on their own and return to the extension office within ten days for analysis.

During the second session Parker Timmons of Southern Illinois Ag Solutions will be on hand to discuss basic plant nutrient needs and review your sample results with you. You will leave this workshop with a basic understanding of your soil and the tools you will need to make improvements for the next growing season.

Get a jump on spring and join us for a better understanding of your soil. Workshop is free of charge. Soil testing will be offered at a reduced group rate and must be paid in advance of testing. Participants can submit more than one sample. This workshop is limited to home owners only – no commercial producers.

Two locations to choose from:

October 7 and 28 – Washington County Extension Office, 9623 Wall Street, Nashville, IL

October 15 and 29 – Salem County Extension Office – 1446 East Main (RT 50), Salem, IL from Both sessions are from 6:30pm -7:30pm

Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/ call 618-526-4551

4-H Annual

Kick-Off Dinner And Achievement Night,

September 30

Washington County 4-H will host their Kick-Off Dinner on September 30 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Okawville Community Club. Tickets can be purchased from any Washington County 4-H member or at the Extension Office. Dinner is $10 and includes smoked pork chop, baked potato, cole slaw, vegetable, dessert and a drink. All proceeds from the dinner go to support the Washington County 4-H program.

Following the dinner, the 4-H Achievement Program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Come honor 4-H members on their accomplishments from the 4-H year.

4-H members will have the opportunity to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest this fall. Members can carve, decorate or dress up their pumpkin and will be judged in four categories-scariest, funniest, most unusual, and best of show. Member can work alone or in pairs, but they must contact the Extension Office by September 24 to register. Pumpkins cannot be bought pre-painted or pre-carved, they must be original work.

The pumpkins will be displayed at the on September 30 at the Kick-Off Dinner and Achievement Night. Guests will have the chance to vote on the contest winners and the results will be announced at the end of the evening.

For more information, call the Washington County Extension Office at 618/327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881