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Master Gardeners, mums and water on 'Gardening'
By Katherine Tippins
University of Georgia

Anyone can apply to be a Georgia Master Gardener, and on "Gardening in Georgia" June 21 and 23, Marco Fonseca tells how. This week the Georgia Public Broadcasting TV show also looks at mums and some unique ways to water your garden.

The Georgia Master Gardener program educates volunteers. Becoming a Master Gardener requires passing a 20-session course on garden-related topics and providing 50 hours of volunteer time. Thousands of Georgians serve their communities as Master Gardeners.

Autumn chrysanthemums are large and lovely only if they were pruned the previous summer. Gardening guru and host Walter Reeves shows how to trim your summer mums for their ultimate look this fall.

Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, will present a solution, too, to the problem of watering both the top and bottom of a strawberry pot. It's hard to make sure that water will reach the bottom. So Reeves shows how to make a conducting tube that will water the whole pot.

Does the water you irrigate your garden with have to be clear and potable? Walter chats with Dick Tirzia, who uses creek water for his gardening. Tirzia has been using such brownish water for years. He offers pointers on creating a freshwater irrigation system.

"Gardening in Georgia" is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The 2007 season is underwritten by McCorkle Nurseries, with support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. Learn more about "Gardening in Georgia" at www.gardeningingeorgia.com.

(Katherine Tippins is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

(Katherine Tippins is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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