Gardening Class

Larry Kaplan with the Purdue Extension will be teaching a three session gardening class on the basics of Home Vegetable Production.

The three sessions will meet on Sundays, April 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 2 to 4pm at Blue Grass.  Participants will learn the basic skills needed to produce fresh vegetables for family and for sharing. Whether you have an acre of gardening space, a small spot on the patio or anything in between, you can have your own vegetable garden.

Each session is $5 or if you sign up for all three, the cost is $10. Payment will be taken at the session.

Below are the weekly session topics:

Session 1: Container Gardening. Not everyone has a large yard they can turn into a garden. Not everyone has the physical ability to dig and maintain a vegetable patch. But by growing plants in containers, you can turn any open spot on your porch or patio into a miniature garden. Container gardens are also perfect for introducing young children to the wonder of plants; as they learn to water and nurture their tiny farms, they may even be tempted to eat the vegetables they harvest! Each participant will receive one 5-gallon container with seasonal vegetable plants. This session will meet on April 8 at 2pm at the Chapel Campus Gym.

Session 2: Let’s Get Dirty! More than half of any plant is underground, so it’s important to make sure that gardens start with good soil. Participants will learn how to turn even the poorest clay yard into a fertile garden. We will cover what amendments should be added to the soil, how to improve drainage, and what nutrients are needed. What products work, and which ones are hoaxes? Raised bed construction will also be covered. This session will meet on April 15 at 2pm in the Hospitality Room at the Main Campus.

Session 3: Planting and Caring for the Garden. We will start off by deciding how to choose the best vegetables for your garden space. Which is better: seeds or transplants? How do we keep plants alive and productive after they’re planted? This session will meet on April 22 at 2pm in the Hospitality Room.

Literature from Purdue University and other extension services will be provided to participants each week. Sign up HERE. For more information, contact Joni Bitzer.

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