This is the theme of the 2002 Home and Garden Show, which runs from February 27, through March 3, 2002. Highlights of the show include ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS FREE GARDENING SEMINARS throughout the show upstairs in the Red Room. In addition, Master Gardeners will be available to answer garden questions at their booth located in the Garden Hall. Stop by and purchase seed collected by the Master Gardener volunteers. 



Space is limited for the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service’s fifth annual Allen County Master Gardener Youth Volunteer Program for children ages 8 – 12. Apply now at the Purdue Cooperative Extension Office. Space is limited.

The children will participate in a gardening curriculum, hands-on learning, and educational field trips. The students receive a handbook with gardening information and learn from instructors about: garden safety, plant propagation, soil, fertilizer, vegetables, compost and worm composting, annuals, biennials, perennials, turf and lawnmower safety, insects, plant diseases, herbs, wildlife, trees, biotech, water gardening, cooking from your garden, weather, and gardening, fairy gardens, and indoor plants.

Classroom instructors include Purdue Master Gardeners, Dr. Larry Yoder from Goshen College and Jason Morrison, naturalist. Contact Ricky Kemery, at 481-6826, in the Purdue Cooperation Extension Office, 4001 Crescent Avenue on IPFW’s campus for an application. A registration fee of $30 covers the curriculum materials, plant materials, and supplies, as well as a T-shirt. The class will be limited to 20 students on a first-come, first served basis. A limited number of scholarships are available. Check out the web site at www.ces.purdue.edu/allen for additional information about the Allen County Master Gardener Youth Volunteer Program.



In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Easy Gardener Inc., of Waco, Texas is voluntarily recalling about 345,000 Ross Root Feeders to replace their mixing chamber caps. The root feeder is a device used to distribute fertilizer, water, and insecticide to the roots of trees and shrubs. The mixing chamber caps on these feeders can detach during use and strike nearby consumers, resulting in injuries. Easy Gardener has received one report of a woman who received dental and other mouth injuries when struck by a cap from one of these root feeders.

The root feeders are about 30-inches tall, have a green hose connection and yellow plastic handles. “ROSS” and “MODEL 1200C” are imprinted on the side of the root feeder. The recall includes model 1200C Ross Root Feeders with “24207” or “24208” imprinted on the top of the clear, plastic chamber caps. Ross Root Feeders with the number “24208-A caps are not part of the recall.

Home and garden centers and hardware stores sold these feeders from October 1994 through January 2002 for about $33. Consumers should stop using the recalled feeders, dispose of the mixing chamber cap, and contact Easy Gardener to receive a free replacement cap. For more information, contact Easy Gardener at 1-800-621-4769 between 7am and 7pm CT Monday through Friday, or visit the recall web site at www.rosscap.com.

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