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December 29, 2014
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Backyard series this summer


PORT JERVIS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at the Port Jervis Free Library will partner with the Master Gardener’s of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County to offer four free programs in June and July. These programs are designed for those interested in using their own backyard garden to grow herbs or attract a wide variety of butterflies, landscape with cacti and succulents, and learn to preserve herbs, fruits and vegetables.

“Attracting Butterflies to the Garden” will be on Thursday June 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Butterfly bush is not the only way to lure butterflies to your garden. Cornell Extension Master Gardener Edie Sherman will discuss which species of butterfly to look for and their habits, the flower colors that best entice them, and the plants that are the best color and supply the best food for larvae and the adults.

“Herb Gardening plus Preserving and Using Them” will be on Thursday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn the agricultural requirements for growing herbs and the best methods for displaying them in your garden. Preservation and culinary uses will also be covered. Cornell Extension Master Gardener Kate Hinders will help you explore which plants are easy to plant, harvest, dry and preserve.

“Introduction to Food Preservation” will be on Thursday, July 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Want to preserve some of your garden harvest to enjoy during a long, cold winter? Spend an evening with Cornell Extension Master Food Preserver James Thomas who will cover the following: food safety, equipment, the economics and nutrition of preserving, canning basics, high acid canning, jams and jellies, pickling, freezing foods, drying foods and herbs, and low acid canning.

“Hardy Cacti and Succulents” will be on Thursday, July 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Broaden your garden design choices by including winter-hardy cacti and succulents, which can be grown outdoors in our region of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Cornell Extension Master Gardener Barbara Wexler-Hall will present a comprehensive overview that will open your eyes to these architecturally appealing species.

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 845/772-7586, or emailing thehub@portjervislibrary.org.