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Greenhouse and High Tunnel Workshop teaches basic construction

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Master Gardeners learn from experience as well as in the classroom. A loaned hoop house provided instruction on how to grow produce under cover.

Master Gardeners learn from experience as well as in the classroom. A loaned hoop house provided instruction on how to grow produce under cover.

Missouri State University will host a Greenhouse and High Tunnel Workshop in collaboration with University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University. The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3-4 at the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station, 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove.

The workshop will address several different topics, including basic greenhouse construction and operation, year-round production of hydroponic leafy greens in greenhouses, soilless food crop production in greenhouses and greenhouse insect and disease management.

Participants will also learn about trap cropping and biological control for pest management in high tunnels, fertigation and fertilizer proportioning, bedding plant production, high tunnel production of greens and an overview of high tunnel fruit production.

Registration is $40 per person and includes lunch both days and printed materials. For more information or to download the registration form, call 417-547-7500 or go online to http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu. Direct comments or questions concerning this event to MarilynOdneal@missouristate.edu.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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