Lakeshore Technical College is offering several agriculture and landscaping classes at Plymouth High School this fall.
The following continuing education classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. in the LTC-Plymouth Science and Technology Center at the school, located at 125 Highland Ave., unless otherwise noted:
- Exploring Beekeeping: Get an introduction to and overview of beekeeping, including the history of bees, understanding beehives, the life cycle of a honey bee, by-products of the hive, and an overall understanding of hobby beekeeping. You will be able to make a well-informed decision about keeping bees after this class. Students will receive a set of “beekeeping trading cards,” which illustrate and describe bees and beekeeping techniques. Class 65929 will meet Wednesday, Sept. 27; fee is $17.72.
- Beekeeping - Level 1: Learn how to start a backyard beekeeping hobby. The class includes an in-depth look at the hive cycle, apiary set up, Langstroth hive step up, installation of honeybees, general hive maintenance and problem solving. Safety precautions and beekeeper first-aid also will be discussed. Class 65931 will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; fee is $17.72.
- Beekeeping - Level 2: This class focuses on the needs of an established hive, including feeding methods, managing pests and parasites, and identifying and treating infectious organisms. Class also will cover trouble-shooting and common challenges of ongoing hive management. Class 65933 will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11; fee is $17.72.
- Shade Gardening: Learn from a master gardener about the numerous plants that thrive in minimal sunlight. You’ll gain inspiration and techniques on how to effectively plant and maintain shade plants, and discover an extensive list of new and old annuals, perennials, ground covers and shrubs that can be combined in exciting and beautiful ways for shady places. Class 65643 will meet Wednesday, Oct. 11; fee is $17.72 ($4.50 for those ages 62 and up).
- Fall and Winter Container Gardening: Learn how you can have a colorful garden even in the fall and winter months by planting your summer containers full of cool-season plants. Fall is a great time to experiment with texture and color in a container garden. While mums and asters can be spectacular and classic in a fall container garden, there are also perennials and lots of other choices that will last well beyond the first frost. Class 65646 will meet Tuesday, Oct. 17; fee is $17.72 ($4.50).
- Putting Your Perennials to Bed: Learn how and when to put your perennials to bed for the winter, as well as how to get the most out of your perennials and make spring clean-up easier. Also find out which perennials can be successfully planted in fall. Class 66009 will meet Wednesday, Oct. 25; fee is $17.72 ($4.50).
In addition, the for-credit class Farm Operator - Business Management covers basic business management practices, including development of a business plan; mission and goal statements; short- and long-range goals; identification and implementation of alternatives for reaching goals; and development of strategies to monitor progress. Other topics include human resource management and safety. Class 60635 will meet from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Thursdays from Nov. 30 to March 22; fee is $143.97.
• To register, call (888) 468-6582 or visit www.gotoltc.edu.
• Learn about technology classes offered by LTC at PHS this fall.