Home Briefing April 26, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Learn composting
at free lecture series
The Lee County Master Gardeners will present a program on the “Story of Composting” on May 14 at 3:30 and again at 6 p.m.
Learn more about the “underworld” and its fascinating inhabitants, both good and bad, and how you can make and use compost to make both of these worlds better.
Advance registration for this free series is required. Call (662) 841-9000 to sign up.

Gardening conference
in May open to public
Horticulture enthusiasts can attend educational presentations, workshops and tours during the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference in Brookhaven May 14-16.
The event is sponsored by the Lincoln County Master Gardeners and the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The conference is open to Master Gardeners and the public.
Vendors will sell plants and other gardening-related merchandise throughout the conference.
To register online, print a mail-in registration form, or view the complete agenda, go to www.msmastergardener.org. The deadline to register is May 2.
Registration includes meals and is $95 for Mississippi Master Gardeners and $115 for others. Group registration is also available.
Those without Internet access can call Barbara Breaux at (601) 669-6202 or Cathy Ivy at (601) 754-1512 for more information.

On the shelf: Book
touts plant breeding
Wish you could find a disease-resistant rose in just the right shade of pink?
Make one.
Joseph Tychonievich leads readers through the process of breeding new plant varieties in “Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables & Flowers.”
Tychonievich, an avid plant breeder and a garden center nursery manager, encourages his readers to try developing breeds that are suited to their climates and their needs, not the needs of a commercial breeder. He instructs them on cross pollination and selecting out the best offspring, teaches advanced breeding techniques and a little genetics, and offers instructions for specific plants.
“Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener” is published by Timber Press and sells for $19.95 in paperback.
Staff, wire report