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Kitchen Garden Workshop - 2009

 

A. JANUARY THROUGH MARCH 2009

Gift certificates available!

 

Gardening Workshop: Start Your Own Vegetable & Fruit Transplants from Seeds.

Saturday February 28, 2009, 2:00 to 4:30.

$45 person / $75 for 2 people sharing trays.

Learn when and how to start specific seeds indoor in flats and pots for later transplanting and which ones are better direct-seeded. We will review sowing calendar for various plants (vegetable, fruit, herbs and even some edible flowers), appropriate soil(s) to use, germination conditions, light requirement, care after seedlings emerge, how to harden seedlings off, good transplanting techniques, fertilization practices, pest and disease control. Participant will choose seeds from the instructors' collection to start up to two flats. They will take their flats home to tend and transplant at the appropriate time.  Handouts will be distributed.  All supplies (flats, pots, seeds, soil) provided. Bring your own apron & gloves!

 

Gardening Workshop: Start Your Own Vegetable & Fruit Transplants from Seeds.

Wednesday March 11, 2009, 1:00 to 3:30 PM. 

$45 person / $75 for 2 people sharing trays. 

Learn when and how to start specific seeds indoor in flats and pots for later transplanting and which ones are better direct-seeded. We will review sowing calendar for various plants (vegetable, fruit, herbs and even some edible flowers), appropriate soil(s) to use, germination conditions, light requirement, care after seedlings emerge, how to harden seedlings off, good transplanting techniques, fertilization practices, pest and disease control. Participant will choose seeds from the instructors' collection to start up to two flats. They will take their flats home to tend and transplant at the appropriate time.  Handouts will be distributed.  All supplies (flats, pots, seeds, soil) provided. Bring your own apron & gloves!

 

Gardening Workshop: Kitchen Garden Primer

Wednesday March 25, 2009, 1:00 to 4:30 PM

Rain date Wednesday April 1, 2009, 1:00 -4:30 PM

$45/ person

A great class for beginners and great review for gardeners of intermediate skills: learn all the practical basics of plant selection, seed sowing, planting & transplanting, succession planting and interplanting and other sound kitchen garden practices. Hands-on class with hand-outs.

 

B. APRIL THROUGH JUNE 2009

 

Kick Start Your Kitchen Garden

Saturday April 18, 2009 - 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

$45.00/  person

This intense workshop is designed to give students a good start on planting their kitchen garden. It will discuss & demonstrate soil preparation & composting; which common and not-so common herbs, vegetables, and fruit to start from seeds and which to buy as plants; how and when to plant & transplant; how to maintain the garden; useful tips to increase productivity and improve sustainability; and techniques to extend  the growing & harvesting seasons; dealing with pests & attracting beneficial insects.

 

Growing & Cooking with Herbs

Saturday May 23, 2009 - 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

$65.00/  person (lunch & recipes included)

Check the Cookery Workshop Section for details.

 

If you are interested in one of our workshops but can’t make it, contact us, anyway. If we have enough interest, we’ll repeat the workshop on an alternative day - or we can arrange a private lesson!

Text Box: Sample comments from attendees of the Kitchen Workshop:
“Thank you for the most informative workshop.  […] are just beginning our gardening experience in Rappahannock county and were most interested in the soils and composting preparation instructions.  […]  Have you published any books that cover the topics you discussed today? “ 
“ You gave us so much information and it is great to have it all on the handouts.  I feel much more confident about starting this garden.  Keep me posted on your other classes.”

Sample comment on Starting the Fall Garden from Seed workshop
“Sylvie, your workshop was wonderful […] Specifically, the handouts are invaluable and JUST what I was looking for, and exactly when I was looking for the information.  It was very helpful to me to learn what could overwinter, and how, and how to seed certain things, and what to start in flats vs. direct