Terms like “stratification,” “scarification,” and “damping off” are all part of the Brenau University Garden Society’s vernacular following a recent Hall County Master Gardeners presentation.
Master Gardener Elaine Kelley led B.U.G.S. students through a seed propagation workshop on Jan. 28. She extolled the importance of vermiculite as a substitute for potting soil, which she said is much more conducive for germination. She than led students through a practical exercise to demonstrate the efficacy of the phyllosilicate mineral.
Events of the sort demonstrate why the campus greenhouse is such a valuable asset, said club advisor Rudi Kiefer. “We added portable lighting, and it’s heated, so the work is pleasant even during the coldest days of the year,.”