Sustaining the Cycles

 

Home Grown Gardening Classes

2016 Classes Begin January 23rd

 

Home Grown Gardening Classes were developed to help homeowners learn how to garden and grow food in their own backyards or community gardens. The monthly classes are facilitated by Mary Matava, agronomist and owner of Agri Service, and Diane Hollister, North County’s premier gardening instructor. Each class focuses on topics commonly encountered by gardeners in our area. Classes are packed full of information for gardeners with varying levels of expertise.

Home Grown Community Gardening Classes are held at the El Corazon Senior Center on the fourth Saturday of each month at 10 AM.

 

Home Grown 2016

 

January

Starting with a Seed  

Learn why and when to start with seeds, seed starting mixes, and the difference between seeds vs. transplants. We will show you how to make your own seed starter mix. Bring your own container to take some home! We will also discuss planning your 2016 garden and techniques to reduce disease and insect damage.

 

February

Fruit Tree Planting & Care, Perennial Fruits and Vegetables  

Increase the food you grow yourself by planting for the permanent landscape. We will also discuss how common diseases of deciduous fruit trees and how to control them with dormant sprays.

 

March

Growing in Beds and Containers  

Soil mixes and soil building, fertilizer. We will discuss key soil characteristics needed to turn your dream garden into a reality. In this class you will learn how to build a simple garden bed.

 

April

Water! Tomatoes!  

Water is the greatest challenge to Southern California gardeners. Drip systems, soaker hoses, and knowing when and how much to water. Special focus on growing great tomatoes.

 

May

Worms and Worm Tea  

The greatest way to get free fertilizer for your garden. Housing, feeding and care for these little workhorses, plus take home your own free worms. Cucurbits, including pumpkins with be our plant focus this month.

 

June

Fitting Edibles into a More Sustainable Landscape  

Unusual edibles including planting beneficial flowers designed to do well in our area. We will also discuss the second planting rotation.

 

July

Summer Care of Fruit Trees, plus Treating Plant Pests and Diseases the Organic Way  

Learn the basics of summer pruning to keep trees small and use less water. Explore the organic arsenal for treating plant pests & diseases.

 

August

Compost DIY and an overview of the products that are available from El Corazon  

How to turn your garden and kitchen waste into gold. Become familiar with the various products for your garden offered by El Corazon.

 

September

Recipes for a Fall Garden  

Ideas for using the wonderful vegetables that grow all throughout fall and winter to encourage starting a fall garden. Grow carrots, beets, parsnips, lettuce, kale, chard, spinach, peas and more for delicious healthy meals

 

October

Preparing the Garden for Winter  

Grow cover crops, mulch beds and protect your garden through the winter. Start dreaming of next year’s garden and soil testing.

 

November

No Class- Happy Thanksgiving!

 

December

No Class- Happy Holidays!