Title: 6th Annual Get Growing, Organic Gardening Series
Everything you need to know to get your garden started or expanded this year!
Dates: 6 Tuesdays: March 14, 21, & 28; April 4, 18, & 25 in 2017.
The classes are paired with each other. Best results when you take the whole series but you may purchase separately as pairs. Classes 1&2 are paired together, 3&4 are paired together, and 5&6 are paired together.
- Classes 1, 3, & 5: Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville, 36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. Spacious parking and easy-off-the-highway location.
- Classes 2, 4, & 6: Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, 99 White Pine Dr. in Black Mountain. These classes will be more hands-on education and tours of the community garden which features a variety of garden methods: French Intensive, square foot, hugelkultur, no-till and more. These garden-based classes offer an opportunity to review topics from the previous classroom sessions, see these techniques in practice, as well as build your confidence through experiential learning.
Registration: Register here.
This exciting six-part series covers all aspects of Growing: planning, planting, production, and pests.
Get Growing CLASS 1 in the Classroom: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Why you should consider growing organically; important site, size, and design considerations for your garden; growing the soil & nutrient basics; garden seasons; and useful tools will be discussed. Q & A session.
Get Growing CLASS 2 in the Garden: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 PM (sunsets at 7:45)
On-site review and real-life examples from Class 1. Held at the Black Mountain Community Garden.
Get Growing CLASS 3 in the Classroom : Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Techniques for starting seeds and transplants; dealing with common problems; how much to plant; composting & vermicomposting; converting your lawn to garden; an edible yard; and maximizing your garden space. Q & A session.
Get Growing CLASS 4 in the Garden: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 PM (sunsets at 7:55)
On-site review and real-life examples from Class 3. Held at the Black Mountain Community Garden.
Get Growing CLASS 5 in the Classroom: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The virtues of mulch; water and fertilization considerations; compost tea; cover cropping and n-p-k; organic disease and insect control; and tips for Fall gardening. Q & A session.
Get Growing CLASS 6 in the Garden: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 (sunsets at 8:15)
On-site review and real-life examples from Class 5. Held at the Black Mountain Community Garden.
Photo Album from 2016 Garden Tour at the Black Mountain Community Garden
Diana Schmitt McCall
Garden Manager at Dr. John Wilson Community Garden
Eat Smart Black Mountain, a program of Black Mountain Parks and Recreation
Diana McCall manages the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden which is home to nearly 70 gardening families, over 100 fruit and nut trees, mushroom logs, a native species trail and a biodynamic donation garden which produces 4000 pounds of produce annually for distribution in Black Mountain. Her work also includes school garden programs, expanding community gardens in the town, and partnering with numerous agencies and institutions to educate her community on how to grow, access and prepare healthy food for themselves and their families.