Looking to grow your own backyard garden this year for the first time or learn new skills to get better results than past years’ efforts? Check out these gardening classes featuring Master Gardeners.

“Oh deer! What can the matter be?” Saturday, Feb. 27, Deer Park Library. Saturday, Mar 5, Medical Lake Library. Deer are always a challenge and what works for one person may not work for another. Learn some of the best strategies for dealing with deer who visit your garden. More info.

“Plot Gardening” Saturday, Feb. 27, Otis Orchards Library. What can you grow in a 4×8 garden plot? Learn the possibilities of prolific food and flower gardening in your own yard or community garden plot. More info.

“Container Vegetable Gardening” Saturday, March 5, Otis Orchards Library. Sunday, March 6, Deer Park Library. There are a number of easy vegetables that can be grown in simple containers. Urban gardening is the key to fresh vegetables for anyone. More info.

“Fruit Tree Pruning” Saturday, March 12, Otis Orchards Library. Learn about the scientific theory and practice of pruning fruit trees commonly found in this region so you are better able to train and maintain your own fruit trees. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. More info.

“Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium” Saturday, March 12, CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees choose four classes from a total of 12 offerings. Includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, and door prizes. Find more details at http://www.mgfsc.org/ by clicking on Fundraiser Events.

“Growing Tomatoes: From seed to harvest” Saturday, March 19, Medical Lake Library. Learn how to successfully plant tomato seeds and raise them for loads of healthy beautiful tomatoes at this hands-on class. More info.

“Master Gardener’s Garden Fair and Plant Sale” Saturday, May 7, WSU Extension, 222 N. Havana. There will be vendors, berries and native plants for sale, and Master Gardeners available to answer questions. Find more details at http://www.mgfsc.org/ by clicking on Fundraiser Events. //