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Dig In video series: Start your garden indoors

Master Gardener Debbie Courson Smith of Boise gives tips on getting garden plants started indoors without spending a lot of money. First in Idaho Statesman's ongoing gardening series Dig In. (Video by Katy Moeller)
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Master Gardener Debbie Courson Smith of Boise gives tips on getting garden plants started indoors without spending a lot of money. First in Idaho Statesman's ongoing gardening series Dig In. (Video by Katy Moeller)

Do you love to play in the dirt, or are you planning to start a garden for the first time?

I’ve been growing vegetables and herbs for many years — both in pots and in the ground behind my house on the Boise Bench — but I’m definitely a novice gardener with a lot to learn. Fact is, no matter how long you’ve been at it, there are always new things to learn about how to improve plant health, boost production and maximize fun.

I’ve got infinitely more questions than answers, so I’m teaming up with Boise Master Gardener Debbie Courson Smith on a weekly video series that we’re calling “Dig In.” Gardening can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be, so she will show us ways to save money by recycling/reusing things around the house.

“Gardening is my social life,” said Smith, who has been gardening for 15 years. She’s been a master gardener about four years.

We’ll be covering all sorts of topics, including seed starting indoors, using grow lights, staking large flowers, transferring seedlings to the garden, composting, attracting native bees and preventing / treating mildew on plants.

That’s just the beginning — we’re hoping you’ll send along questions, ideas and feedback. Send those to newsroom@idahostatesman.com. Here are a few community programs and events you might want to check out:

▪  Mini-workshops for kids, adults at library

6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Hayes Auditorium at Boise Public Library’s Main Library, 715 South Capitol Boulevard. Boise Urban Garden School will help kids and adults get ready for gardening season. Mini-workshops: Learn about edible plants, create a living necklace and make an easy superfood salad.

▪  Master Gardener plant sale / garden school

8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the University of Idaho Extension-Ada County, 5880 N. Glenwood St., Boise. Tour the demonstration gardens, get tips and take home some plants. Hosted by Ada County Master Gardeners.

▪  Become a Junior Master Gardener Mentor

6 p.m.-8 p.m. May 18 and May 25 at the University of Idaho Extension-Canyon County, 501 Main St., Caldwell. Learn to teach youth how to grow their own food and create a school garden. More info: ccmg@uidaho.edu or 459-6003.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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