4H Youth Gardening contest accepting applications

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The South Carolina 4H Youth Development Programs have a new short-term project for area youth interested in gardening.

The 4H Small Garden Project requires youth ages five to 19 to learn how to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest a small garden.

Contestants will be required to submit a record book for judging purposes. The 4H will provide seeds for one vegetable. Contestants will choose at least two other vegetable crops to grow in a garden with a minimum 100 square-feet in size. Raised beds can be used if desired.

Registration fees are $10 for current 4H members and $20 for non-members. Fees cover the cost of a soil sample, record book, and one seed packet.

The deadline for registration is April 30.

Soil samples should be submitted to the local County Extension office as soon as possible.

Seeds or seedlings must be planted by May 9. The contest record book is due on Aug. 15.

Contestants will be divided into three categories prior to judging: Cloverbuds, five to eight years of age; Juniors, age nine to 13, and Seniors age 14 to 19.

Participants will be judged and awarded according to guidelines at local, regional and state levels.

4H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension Service, a nationwide partnership of federal, state, and county governments, and the private sector.

For more information contact Gayle Williford, County Extension Agent at (843) 719-4140 ext. 116 or gwillif@clemson.edu.

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