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Classes will cover all topics on organic home gardening including site selection, planning, soils, composting, companion planting, seed sourcing, disease management, favorite varieties, and more. No advance sign up necessary–drop in for one class or attend the entire series!

$10 donation suggested at the door.

CLASS ONE

When: Tuesday, April 2, 7-9

Where: Jubilee

Title: Organic Gardening 101…or Grow Your Own Organically…or Organic Gardening Basics

Presented by: Organic Growers School

Description: Grow your own organically! Including siting your garden & design considerations; feeding & improving your garden soil; what to plant; and discussion of useful tools – followed by a question & answer session.

 

Outline:

Why grow/eat organically?

Where to grow: Your Deck, Your Yard, Community Garden

Siting Your Garden: Size, site (sun & shelter), soil, proximity to water, frost pockets

Design considerations: Sheltered spot if possible, proximity to house, raised bed vs. open garden vs. in your flowerbeds (or your whole yard), pathway size, bed size, crop rotation, annual & perennial veggies, herbs, space considerations (do you have room for corn?)

Feed the soil/Preparing the soil: Soil improvement is basis of organic gardening, N-P-K (what that means, what each one does, sources of N-P-K), importance of Lime, free NC State soil testing (bring boxes), Soil amendments & additions, manure, compost (and sources for…attend next class for more specifics), cover cropping

Planting: (just a quick overview…more next class) Plant what you and your family like to eat, cool and warm season crops, frost date, placement of tall crop (prevent shading), plants that can take some shade

Q & A session

Handouts:

Local sources for seeds, transplants, fertilizers, soil amendments, bagged & bulk compost, pest control products, straw, fruits & berries, List of plants that will take a little shade

Have NC State Soil boxes/sheets to give away

 

 

 

CLASS TWO

When: Tuesday, April 9, 7-9

Where: Jubilee

Title: Get Growing & Composting 101

Presented by: Organic Growers School

Description: Starting your own seeds, using veggie transplants, envisioning your edible yard, and DIY compost techniques – followed by a question and answer session

 

Outline:

Seed Starting: Heat mats, sowing, light, thinning, cool season & warm season crops, hardening off, plants for fall gardening, direct sowing, thinning, transplanting, local sources of organic seed, water

Transplants: Why they are good (earlier start, warm season veggies, more control), succession planting, local sources of sustainable/organic transplants, water

Edible Yard: Thinking outside the square, planting close to the house, planting in puddles of sun, seeing edibles as ornamental, fruits & berries, asparagus (Chantecleir), vertical gardening

Composting 101: Recycling kitchen scraps, No diseased material in compost, weed seeds, Hot compost, Cold compost, Worm compost (super quick, super wonderful, concerns about non-native worms)

Q & A Session

Handout:

Local sources for seeds, transplants, fertilizers, soil amendments, bagged & bulk compost, pest control products, straw, fruits & berries, List of plants that will take a little shade

Have NC State Soil boxes/sheets to give away

 

 

 

CLASS THREE

When: Tuesday, April 16, 7-9

Where: Jubilee

Title: Garden Fertility, Garden Maintenance, & Organic Pest Control

Presented by: Organic Growers School

Description: How to Feed and Improve your Soil Organically, Maintaining your Garden & Keeping It Fun, Beneficial Insects & Organic Pest Control

 

Outline:

Feeding your Garden: Organic Fertilizers, Foliar Feeding, Side Dressing, Cover Cropping, Manure, Compost (even dime thickness), Benefits of Seaweed, Compost Tea, free NC State Soil Test(have soil test boxes to give away)

Maintaining Your Garden: Mulching, Weeding, Garden Placement (where you have to see it between car and house), Pest Prevention (air movement, etc.), Planning for Fall, Cover Cropping in Empty Beds (buckwheat is easy and bee fodder)

Keeping it Fun: Size Considerations (is it too big to keep up with?…keep it fun!), Shady Spot for Sitting, Bench For Sitting, Kids, Flowers, Easy Access to Water via Hose, Rainbarrels etc., Celebrating each Harvest at Dinner, Cooking with Kids

Organic Pest Control: Planting to Harbor Beneficials, Prevention, Nip It in the Bud (be observant), Hand picking/squishing, Use the softest method (broad spectrum kills beneficials), Common Problems (Cole crops=bT, Tomato Blight+ Serenade=Copper, Beans=pole vs. bush, Slugs= Sluggo), Considerations about neem and spinosad (bees)

Q & A Session

Handout:

Local sources for seeds, transplants, fertilizers, soil amendments, bagged & bulk compost, pest control products, straw, fruits & berries, List of plants that will take a little shade

Have NC State Soil boxes/sheets to give away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Organic Growers School is a non-profit organization providing organic education since 1993. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and support people in our region to farm, garden, and live organically.