Gardeners to learn about sharpening garden tools

January 9, 2019

JEFFERSON -- The Jefferson County Master Gardeners will meet Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Jefferson County UW-Extension, 864 Collins Road, Jefferson.

After a brief business meeting and announcements, program speaker Jerry Brown will lead a discussion and demonstration of various garden tools and principles of sharpening them. He will present an evaluation of methods and maintenance of both gardening tools and the tools to sharpen them.

Attendees may also practice using the methods Brown will share. They can bring their tools as well as files for sharpening them. Brown said that for most tools with straight edges, a flat single cut file should be used. For tools with curved blades, a half-round file should be used. Attendees may also bring a stone sharpener if desired.

Anyone interested in this program may attend. The public is always welcome to come to meetings and programs.

Those thinking of becoming a master gardener and wanting to attend the level one training can call the UW-Extension office at 920-674-7295 for information or to sign up. The training orientation will be offered again in 2020.

The training consists of 36 class hours covering a variety of topics on plant growth and care for vegetables, flowers, trees and more. Current master gardeners also continue training to gain updated information on various topics for their continuing education.

The Jefferson County Master Gardener Volunteer Association may be contacted through the UW-Extension office at 920-674-7295 or kimb@jeffersoncountywi.com.

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