Organic Growers School: Gardening Series

Get Your Garden Started

This six-class series will teach you everything you need to know about growing and expanding your garden—from planning and planting to production and pests. The series takes place on six Tuesdays in March and April 2018:

  1. March 13
  2. March 20
  3. March 27
  4. April 10
  5. April 17
  6. April 24

 

The six classes which are divided into Pairs—each Pair includes one classroom session at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville and one garden session at the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain. You may register for the Entire Series, Two Pairs, or One Pair.

  • Pair 1: Planning (March 13 and 20)
  • Pair 2: Planting (March 27 and April 10)
  • Pair 3: Production & Pests (April 17 and 24)

 

Pair 1—Planning


Asheville

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801


Black Mountain

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:00–7:30 p.m. (sunset at 7:43 p.m.)
Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, 99 White Pine Dr., Black Mountain 28711


Topics

  • Why you should consider growing organically
  • Important site, size, and design considerations for your garden
  • Growing the soil and nutrient basics
  • Garden seasons
  • Useful tools

 

Pair 2—Planting


Asheville

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801


Black Mountain

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
6:00–7:30 p.m. (sunset at 8:00 p.m.)
Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, 99 White Pine Dr., Black Mountain 28711


Topics

  • Techniques for starting seeds and transplants
  • Dealing with common problems
  • How much to plant
  • Composting and vermicomposting (i.e., composting with worms!)
  • Converting your lawn to garden
  • An edible yard
  • Maximizing your garden space

 

Pair 3—Production & Pests


Asheville

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801


Black Mountain

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:00–7:30 p.m. (sunset at 8:11 p.m.)
Dr. John Wilson Community Garden, 99 White Pine Dr., Black Mountain 28711


Topics

  • The virtues of mulch
  • Water and fertilization considerations
  • Compost tea
  • Cover cropping and n-p-k
  • Organic disease and insect control
  • Tips for Fall gardening

 

Cost

$35 = One Pair
$70 = Two Pairs
$90 = Entire Series—that’s a $15 discount for purchasing the whole series!

Additional Details


Inclement
weather
We will follow the AB Tech “Inclement Weather Schedule” which means we will only stop class if they close. Information for closings can be found at their website: https://www.abtech.edu/ right on the homepage. If it says nothing then class will be happening.

 

Finding the classroom at Lenoir-Rhyne University
It’s on the 2nd floor of the Visitor Bureau building. There are double doors—one door is often locked, but the other door is not—try them both. If you’re parking in the lot, enter the ground floor and take the elevator up to the 2nd floor. If you need to reach us, please call (828) 214-7833

 

Instructor—Diana Schmitt McCall

Instructor—Diana Schmitt McCall

Garden Manager at Dr. John Wilson Community Garden and 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.

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