I’m already looking forward to March and spring break. I can hardly wait to plant potatoes and peas.
Depending on soil and weather conditions, some other cool-season vegetables and new plantings of fruit crops can be planted. Finishing dormant pruning and cleaning up beds is my typical spring break.
This year I will be trying something new. I have signed up to be a volunteer for PLANET (Professional Landscape Network). The 36th Annual PLANET Student Career Days will be at K-State from March 22 through March 25.
This annual event contains three days of competition along with networking opportunities for students enrolled in horticulture programs from across the country. Each year, a different host location is selected, which gives the participants a chance to see different parts of the country. This is the first time for K-State to host.
K-State’s Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources department will host over 1000 college students from 65 institutions. These students will be competing against each other in any of 28 events. A few of the events include plant identification, plant problem diagnosis, irrigation, and skid steer operation. The landscape industry-sponsored event also includes the largest career fair in the industry.
In order to make this event possible, approximately 250 local volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities from directing students to their events to helping set up the competitions. The volunteer can choose to be inside, outside, do non-physical work or other projects that fit your skills. You can learn about this event and sign up to volunteer by going to www.hfrr.ksu.edu. Please sign up to volunteer soon.
If you miss college students while they are gone from Manhattan for spring break, volunteering for this event will perk you right up.
If you would like additional information on a horticulture topic, please contact Gregg Eyestone at the Riley County office of K-State Research and Extension. Gregg may be contacted by calling 537-6350 or stopping by 110 Courthouse Plaza in Manhattan or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and at www.riley.ksu.edu.