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March is Tennessee Extension Month

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March is a month of celebrating the extension of light and life. The sun begins taking its time setting, there's no rush to ending the day. The temperatures warm with the lingering light, green shoots punch through the earth in all directions, and frogs begin charged choruses at dusk. And we're ready to plug into this energy, too.

In Sumner County at 658 Hartsville Pike, Gallatin and across Tennessee, Extension offices celebrate March with special programs in residential horticulture, family consumer sciences, and 4-H.

Plug into the "Lunch and Learn" series each Wednesday in March, from 12 noon - 12:50. We are offering presentations and demonstrations to help you ready for spring.

*On March 8 "Right Plant, Right Place," will help plan, evaluate and design your yard for spring planting. Resist the urge to rush out and buy plants on these warm days until you know the right plant for the right place in your yard.

*March 15 brings a choice in programs at the Extension office. Theresa Allan, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, will share how this old method of cooking has gained new respect. She'll discuss care, health benefits, and recipes for cast iron.

*Also, March 15 is all about "Growing Herbs," presented by veteran Master Gardener, JoAnn Brown. Herbs provide beautiful fragrant flowers for the garden, attract pollinators and a variety of flavors to foods and drinks.

March 22 is all about growing vegetable gardens. Learn the top varieties to plant, when to plant, how to feed, and tips on harvesting your garden.

March 29 If you have ever wanted to pick blueberries for morning cereal or peaches for fall cobbler or, maybe even, grapes to make wine from plants in your own backyard...don't miss this last Lunch and Learn!

Enjoy the fruits, vegetables, and cornbread of your efforts - plug into March with Extension month.

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