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How to make your brain hurt in January

By Penny Stine

I had my interview today at the CSU extension office for the master gardener class. Because I write about landscaping, gardening, trees, lawn care and horticulture issues for some of our home improvement sections and I also contribute to this blog, my boss (bless you, Andy) and our HR department agreed that the master gardener class would be an appropriate class for me to take if I wanted to. 

Ha! Does a dog want to roll in something smelly?

The class is intensive and time-consuming and just looking at the book (no, I haven't been brave enough to peek inside the cover yet) makes my brain hurt. At the end of the interview, I had to take a test to assess my general knowledge. Boy, am I ignorant! Susan Rose, who oversees the master gardener class, said they give the same test at the end of the 11 weeks and they expect attendees to pass the second time they take it. 

I'm excited about the class - it's designed for our micro-climate and deals with everything from irrigation to pest control to tree pruning and xeriscape and other issues that concern local growers and hobbyists. 

But I'm still pretty sure my brain will hurt. 

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