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Tuesday, Apr 15 2014 11:11 AM

'First Look': Garden Fest provides tools to create your own garden

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    Lindsay Ono and Sally Sterns preview the Bakersfield College Garden Fest on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. But is your garden looking a little dry? Don't worry; the 9th Annual Bakersfield College Garden Fest can help you decide what plants work best for your garden.

There will be more than 150 vendor booths featuring gardening, pets, farmer's market, cooking, outdoor leisure, arts and crafts, home improvement ideas and much more.

"You can learn the beginning steps of any project you have in mind," BC environmental horticulture professor Lindsay Ono said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

A seminar specifically for gardening will feature The Country Garden radio hosts, Ono and The Sultan of Sod. They will demonstrate gardening techniques and will be available to answer any questions you might have, Ono said.

Simulcast host Scott Cox said he wanted to start growing tomatoes and jalapenos in a garden at home but didn't know where to start.

"You can get a lot of information at the Garden Fest and buy the equipment you need from local vendors while you're there," said Sally Sterns, BC environmental horticulture professor.

Sterns and Ono told Cox planting vegetables and herbs does not take much work or time. Ono suggested planting vegetables in between your already existing garden, to avoid designating a certain area in your backyard.

If you have tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro or other herbs and vegetables growing in between your shrubs, you won't have to worry about forgetting to water them because they will be watered when your shrubs are watered, Ono said.

Garden Fest is expected to attract about 7,000 people. The fun kicks off at 9 a.m., admission is free, and it will take place at BC's Environmental Horticulture Renegade Park. There will also be carnival games for kids.

 

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