Get Your Garden Started

This 6-class series will teach you everything you need to know about growing and expanding your garden—planning, planting, production, and pests. The 6 classes are broken up into pairs: one in-classroom session in Asheville and one in-garden session in Black Mountain where you’ll get the apply the skill you learned in class at the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden. Take the whole series for holistic learning, or purchase pairs separately for targeted learning. Check out our photo album from the 2016 series and photo album from the 2017 series.

 

All Classes are on Tuesdays

Pair 1—March 14 and 20, 2018

Pair 2—March 27 and April 10, 2018

Pair 3— April 17 and April 24, 2018

 

Cost

$35 = per pair
$90 = for all 3 pairs—that’s a $15 discount for purchasing the whole series!
Pair 1 Details

CLASSROOM SESSION

 

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2018

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville

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

 

GARDEN SESSION

 

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m. (sunset at 7:43 p.m.)

Location: Dr. John Wilson Community Garden

Topics: On-site review and real-life examples from classroom session.

Pair 2 Details

CLASSROOM SESSION

 

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville

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

 

———SPRING BREAK! No class Tuesday, April 3, 2018———

 

GARDEN SESSION

 

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m. (sunset at 8:00 p.m.)

Location: Dr. John Wilson Community Garden

Topics: On-site review and real-life examples from classroom session.

Pair 3 Details

CLASSROOM SESSION

 

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville

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

 

GARDEN SESSION

 

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m. (sunset at 8:11 p.m.)

Location: Dr. John Wilson Community Garden

Topics: On-site review and real-life examples from classroom session.

 

Additional Details

For 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  is 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
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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