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Learn to grow garlic from a veteran gardener

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Dr. Bob Kipfer

Dr. Bob Kipfer

You’ve cooked with it, now learn to grow garlic yourself in the Ozarks.

Join your fellow gardeners at the Springfield Botanical Center at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, for a “Growing Garlic” class taught by Missouri Master Naturalist, Dr. Bob Kipfer, sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Greene County. Bob is a past president of both Friends of the Garden and Missouri Master Naturalists (Springfield Plateau Chapter).

“Garlic is easy to grow, whether planting a few or creating an edible green border for you flower garden,” Kipfer advises. He will teach explain the differences between hard neck and soft neck garlic as well as heirloom varieties, garlic scapes,  planting,  harvesting,  cleaning and storing garlic.

Inchelium Red has been the best strain and is available from several online sources.  A pound of seed garlic bulbs will yield about 40 plants.  Planting occurs in mid-September for a June harvest so it is time to order your garlic stock.

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to plant this fall and enjoy cooking with your own garlic harvest next summer. This hour-long presentation will be from 6-7 p.m. on the lawn near the Master Gardener Demonstration Vegetable Garden on the beautiful Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 South Scenic in Springfield.  There will be a host inside the Botanical Center to give directions to the class. Bob will have handouts for all attendees.  Cool drinks and seating  will be provided.

Visit www.mggreene.org for more information.

Please Note: The Garlic Class will take place rain or shine! In case of rain – we can only wish – the class will move into the big meeting room inside the Botanical Center. 

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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