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STRAW BALE GARDENING – 1 hour
Straw bales can be easy to set up and productive for growing. You’ll learn how to treat the bales so that they are primed for planting everything from tomatoes to potatoes to herbs. Straw bales may be the solution for renters who don’t want to dig up a landlord’s yard, or the beginning gardener who just wants an inexpensive way to start gardening.
WATERWISE GARDENING AND WATERING TECHNIQUES – 1 hour
As North Texas’ drought continues, and municipalities are increasing water restrictions, we can use many different waterwise ways to continue our gardening. We’ll learn innovative garden designs used in other parts of the world, as well as simple techniques to get water to our plants in the most efficient ways possible.
BEYOND THE CLAY POT: YOU DON’T NEED GROUND TO GROW A GARDEN! – 1 hour
We’ll talk about how you can repurpose all sorts of containers to garden in the space you have. Subjects will cover large containers as well as small, and special considerations associated with container gardening. We’ll also cover what plants go best in containers and discuss planting mixes.
PLANT BFFs: AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPANION PLANTING
We will talk about what plants grow best in the company of others, while some plants are detrimental to others. We’ll also talk about using growing “horizons” to plant more in the space you have. Companion plants can also attract beneficial insects as well as keeping destructive insects away.
GARDEN READINESS (Fall)
Now is the time to start thinking about your fall garden! Soil preparation and seed starting are two important tasks to getting your garden ready. This class will cover: simple, effective soil amendments to ramp up a rich growing medium; which seeds to sow directly into the garden, and which ones do better as transplants; and how to decide what to plant and when. Then we’ll start some seeds that you can take home and nurture.
GARDEN READINESS (Spring)
Now is the time to start planning about your spring garden! Soil preparation and seed starting are two important tasks to getting your garden ready. This class will cover: simple, effective soil amendments to ramp up a rich growing medium and why; which seeds to sow directly into the garden, and which ones do better as transplants; and how to decide what to plant and when. We’ll also mention plants that work well together, as well as ways to keep your garden going while conserving water.
Gardening Fall into Winter
Yes! You can garden through the winter here! We’ll cover seed saving from your summer and fall garden, what you can plant to winter over, and how to prepare the soil for a better spring garden (and why).
POLLINATORS IN OUR GARDENS – 1 hour
Pollinators are important. Globally about 1400 plants are cultivated and about 80% of those plants depend on animals for pollination. 75% of our food is due to the work of pollinators – insects, birds and other animals. We’ll discuss ways in which to attract these critical creatures to our gardens and provide them with food and shelter.
BARRIER FREE GARDENING FOR THE AGEING AND MOBILITY CHALLENGED – 1 hour
There is no reason anyone can’t garden! As we age and/or develop mobility challenges, we have to change the way in which we do things. In this session we will discuss some ideas that anyone can put to work for whatever their budget allows – and still keep gardening!
THE BASICS OF STARTING A GARDEN – SITE AND SOIL
The site and sun exposure can make or break a garden, as can soil that is not alive. Learn how to find the right site and build a rich, fertile soil – mostly using what you have lying around your yard. And you’ll learn about the “underground economy” that makes plants grow!