Participants who join all three workshops are eligible to receive a free 4' x 12’ raised bed and starter plants for their fall garden.
Container Gardening for Small Spaces
Dr. Leonard Githinji, Virginia State University
Nothing beats the flavor of home-grown fruits and vegetables. Gardening in containers enables one to grow fruits and vegetables where traditional gardens are not possible including apartment balconies, small backyards, decks, patios, and areas with poor soil. For this workshop, you will learn the steps for successful gardening in containers including choosing the right container, soil and soilless mixes, watering, fertilizing, and how to diagnose some common plant ailments. You’ll make your own potting soil mix, transplant a tomato in a provided container and learn how to ensure it thrives and produces this summer.
Feeding the Soil
Dr. Greg Evanylo, Virginia Tech
Healthy soil is alive and helps ensure your garden produces more produce than you can eat. For this workshop you will learn about a smart gardening practice that recycles garden and yard waste. An expert will show you how to create worm compost in a bucket as well as how to construct and manage an outside compost bin. You’ll learn layering techniques that produce healthy soil amendments while keeping vegetable peelings, grass clippings and newspapers out of the landfill.
Birds, Bees and Butterflies
Kate Short, Virginia Master Naturalist, former Master Gardener and an active member of the Raleigh Parish Garden Club
Thanks to the wonderful work of pollinators, much of the food we eat and flowers and plants we enjoy are possible. For this workshop, you’ll learn why pollinators are so important in your garden as well as how to create inviting habitats for your yard or garden. You’ll also learn the importance of companion and succession planting to reduce pests and diseases without resorting to harsh chemicals.
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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at (804) 524-5960 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.
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