January 16: A Pathway from Seed to Garden: Getting Ready for Spring Planting
Presenter: Ron Kujawski (Recorded)
A successful vegetable garden depends on many factors and many steps. Ron will take you through the first crucial steps, including: tips for seed selection, jargon used in catalogs to describe seeds, starting seeds indoors, garden soil preparation, and direct seeding and transplanting.
January 23: Composting for Sustainability - What It Is, What It's Good For and How to Make It
Presenter: George Kingston
Compost is a natural fertilizer produced by recycling food and plant waste. When you compost instead of discarding, you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce your reliance on artificial fertilizers. Learn how to make compost in many different ways that fit everything from an apartment to a farm, and how to use what you make.
January 30: Squish This, Not That! A Fun Bug Guide
Presenter: Ken Conway
A practical and fun guide to bugs to make sure that you don't squish the good guys. Ken will go over some common insects that are accidentally killed because they "look" bad; fun ways to attract predators to eat the “bad” bugs, with ways to attract "good" bugs; and some non-toxic methods to control insects using organic and natural sprays. Take a look at the vast diversity of insects that are commonly found in the garden if you look closely enough. Learn some common stages of insect development, since many insects look quite different at different stages! You'll come away with a better understanding of the little buggers.
February 6: Designing With Native Plants to Attract & Support Pollinators
Presenter: Larri Cochran
Whether you're creating a new garden, or updating an existing one, learn how to add native plants to all your settings! Native plants play critical roles as host plants for butterflies as well as vital food sources for endangered bees. We'll discuss garden design basics, plant selection & habitat requirements, and bloom cycles for two dozen native plants to ensure your gardens flower from early Spring to late Fall.