This article was first published in March 2021.

ELLSWORTH -- Come grow with Ellsworth Public Library.

A free virtual gardening series runs during March and April. People may catch programs live or watch recordings.

The Ellsworth Public Library joined with the Amery, Clear Lake and Augusta public libraries to host the series presented by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners.

“This virtual gardening series is brought to you by a collaboration of area libraries. This series highlights the expertise of area master gardener volunteers, who have been unable to meet in person due to current social distancing requirements,” Caroline Herfindahl said in a news release. She is the Ellsworth Public Library’s program coordinator

The first of the programs was recorded March 1 and is available on the Ellsworth Library YouTube channel. “Garden Planning 101” explains how to make a smart garden plan. Brandon Wiarda of Sleepy Root Farm teaches how much to grow, how to time your plantings to get produce all season, and more.

Future topics streaming live at 6:30 p.m. are:

March 8 -- Seed selection, seed starting, hardening off, and transplanting. Presented by UW-Extension Horticulture outreach specialist Diana Alfuth. 

March 15 - Understanding soil tests/ fertilizer (lawn, houseplants, flower, vegetables). Presented by Alfuth.

March 22 -- Alternative Gardening Methods: Straw bale, lasagna. Presented by Alfuth.

March 29 -- Weed control, presented by Alfuth. 

April 5 -- Kitchen/Herb gardening, presented by Eau Claire County Master Gardener Jeannie Chromey. 

April 12 -- Money Saving Gardening Tips for Money Smart Week. Presenter to be determined.

April 19 -- CSA Farming. Presented by Wiarda. 

No registration is required for the series. 

For more information about this and other library programs, visit, call 715-286-2070 or email

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