Group offers free gardening classes

A series of free gardening classes will be offered at 3 p.m. on four upcoming Mondays by the Community Garden Consortium at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd Ave., Rock Island.

This Monday’s class, Aug. 13, is on preserving produce by canning and freezing. The rest of the schedule is:

Aug. 27: Soil preparation for 2013 and seed-saving techniques

Sept. 10: Tool maintenance and winter planting

Sept. 24: Indoor herb gardens and health improvement plans

For more information, call 309-786-2631 or email

Want to be a Master Gardener?

An informational meeting for people interested in studying to become an Iowa State University/Scott County Extension Master Gardener will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Extension office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf.

Master Gardeners are volunteers, trained by ISU in horticulture, who return service to the community through educational projects.

If you are unable to attend, call the Extension office for an application at 563-359-7577.

Webinar discusses tomato pests

A webinar on integrated pest management for tomatoes will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the University of Illinois/Rock Island County Extension office, 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan.

The cost is $1 per person. All registrants will be asked to complete a 10-question survey on their knowledge before and after the seminar, and there are read-ahead materials. For more information and to register, go online to or call 309-756-9978.

You will learn how to prevent pests on tomatoes from the beginning to the end of the growing season. Discussion will cover variety selection, best planting practices, and cultural information as well as how to recognize leaf spots, early and late blight and bacterial spot.

Program explains water gardens

A talk on water gardens, or home ponds, will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island.

Nancy Gruber will talk about organic water gardening, koi and goldfish and water plants.

The program is free with admission, which is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 years and older, $4 for youth 6-15 years, $2 for children 2-5 years and free for children under 2 and members.