Vegetable Gardening 101:The DIRT
Set yourself up for a successful vegetable garden. Get your hands dirty with Master Gardener, Jerry Mills, as he lays down a comprehensive foundation for garden to table sustenance.
Each week Jerry will guide you through everything you need to know: the soil and seeds; planning the bed, mulch and water; plant diseases, weeds, unwanted events, and what to do about them.
His method is perfect for anyone who has never picked up a garden hose, and is loaded with info for a weathered gardener.
Take each class individually, or take all 4 weeks of focused know-how so you can hit the ground growing!
Week 1 The DIRT
March 17, 2022
How big does a garden have to be to support 2 people? Make a garden that will feed your troop, and not tax your enthusiasm. Week 1 will help you find the right spot, based on soil, sun, drainage and proximity to the good and the bad. Learn why tilling in the fall is so helpful. Learn how to test your soil, and then how to effect changes that will make healthier plants.
Week 2 The PLOT Plan
March 24, 2022
In this session, break down the options of what to plant, and when. Get tips on ways to save space by planting "up" or "out." Ask yourself if you want a Salad Garden or a Salsa Garden, or a Storage Garden. Learn which vegetables tolerate heat, and which are cool season "A" vegetables. There will be specific info on planting in small spaces and for choosing seeds that produce the healthiest varieties, with lots of specific recommendations. Also, find out what makes a HYBRID or HEIRLOOM and why you might want them.
Week 3 Too MULCH H2O
March 31, 2022
Think you know how to water? Can you water at night? Should the leaves get wet? How much water do you plants need each week? Why should you water under your mulch? And about mulch...What is it, really? You will find out what it's function is, and how to maximize it's benefits based on your plant's needs. It can be organic in many forms, but also inorganic, as in plastic sheeting. Getting a handle on watering and taking advantage of the benefits of mulch will go a long way in ensuring your vegetable garden's success.
Week 4 "What could possibly go wrong?!"
April 7, 2022
During this week you will be presented with ways to deal with infestations of insects and diseases that can happen in any garden. Jerry will share his Master Gardener expertise to prepare you, and make sure you know the best way to find help. Healthy plants also benefit from fertilizers, and you'll get a base of understanding about what your plants need from the soil, and how to balance the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium they crave.