These are not your typical gardening classes; they’re the advanced edition! Have you ever had questions about what kind and how much fertilizer to use? Or the harm or usefulness of pesticides? In her light-hearted and not-so-boring presentation style Dr. Dianne Farrer will give the scientific background needed to understand soil and water relationships, botany, ecology, and more. There will also be field trips and invited speakers.
Classes are held on the third Wednesday of each month through August 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Cedar Hills Recreation Center basement, 10640 N. Clubhouse Drive. No registration required. Oh, and did we mention that it’s FREE! Click on "Read More" for detailed information about each class.
FEBRUARY 2017: Soils, Pruning, & Plant Propagation
What is soil? Are all soils created equally? What is the difference between soil and dirt? Discovering how great and not so great your current soil is and learning how to create the best soil for your garden and lawn. Then, the when, how, and why of pruning, not everything needs electric shears. What to plant from seed and what to buy, starts or potted plants, from local sources and what to buy at the big box stores.
MARCH 2017: Vegetables & Herbs, PLUS Container Gardening
Learning basics of growing a home garden and herbs. What veggies to plant and what to expect from them, plus the veggies to avoid planting. We will arm you with the best basic knowledge of what a successful garden looks like. Also, how to have a garden in a small space or a container garden. Don’t forget, we can also discuss what flowers to plant and how to care for the color of your landscape.
APRIL 2017: Lawns & Water Science
First things first, you don’t own a golf course, so stop trying to compete with them. What types of lawn to plant and when to plant? General care of lawns; mowing height, mowing frequency, fertilization, weed management, and insect management. When to go use lawn care services and when you can do it your self… PLUS … what is in the water? If you understand where the water comes from and how often it comes, it can change the ecology of the area and how your manage it.
MAY 2017: Pesticides & Fertilizers
Just as the LOVE of money is evil (not money itself), pesticides in themselves are not bad, but how we use or misuse them can make them heroes or villains. "If a little works, a lot more works better" – the fallacy of this statement, plus more! Defining what an IPM (integrated pest management) tool is for a homeowner. Know your enemies and you will be successful and read labels. And getting the biggest bang for your buck with using the correct fertilizer at the right time, in the right place.
JUNE 2017: Xeriscaping, Natives, & Composting
The pros and cons of using native plants and/or xeriscaping. The key to the success of this approach to landscaping is knowing what you are getting into and that there are differences in regards to watering, fertilizing, and pesticides than in a typical landscape design. Plus, to compost or not to compost, that is the question. Learn the basics of composting for your needs and space.
JULY 2017: Trees & Shrubs: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
What to plant, where to plant, and when to plant, in regard to the trees and shrubs you desire to put in your yard (or remove from your yard)? Which trees and shrubs preform best in small spaces, large spaces, high altitudes, high water tables, and which ones produce the least amount of litter/clutter.
AUGUST 2017: How Is the Food We Eat Produced?
Where is the food we eat produced? Who makes/grows it? Is there still a family farm? Is it a sweet potato or a yam? Why are the strawberries so large in the store? GMOs, are they safe? Organic vs. conventional production of food, which is better? When Christmas rolls around should you buy an artivicial tree to save the environment? The story of Johnny Appleseed; plus, the myth of vegetable placement in the garden affecting the flavor of the fruit (cross pollination).