by Charlene Burgi
Is March really starting this Monday? What happened to our winter months? I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation and wondering what the future holds in store. Twenty days until spring. Oh my! My garden isn’t ready and spring is almost here.
If this sounds familiar to you, let me invite you to our Bay-Friendly gardening workshops starting next week. I can guarantee you will learn how to manage, maintain and sustain your garden with the focus on optimum health and ease for both you and your garden. These workshops include a combination of hands-on activities and lectures. You are bound to get your hands dirty and likely be inspired to go home, roll up your sleeves and prepare for the upcoming spring.
Saturday, March 6, at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross is the first of five workshops we will host in Marin County. “Bay-Friendly Basics” is an overview of the Bay-Friendly workshops and really sets the tone for the following four classes. This workshop will introduce soils and composting; pests and how to manage them in a Bay-Friendly way; design for optimum efficiency; plant selections; plus garden preparation and maintenance.
The following Saturday, March 13, also at Marin Art and Garden, we will go into more depth about soil and composting. “From the Ground Up” will teach you how to “read” your soil. You can get your hands dirty by sheet mulching and learn several methods of how to compost your garden waste.
On March 27, we will introduce a new workshop to our repertoire: “Creating Year-Round Edible Gardens.” I can’t wait to take this class as we will be holding it in a very special location . . . stay tuned for more details. You will learn all about vegetable gardening and how to prepare your garden for a bumper crop.
April 10 will find us back at Marin Art and Garden. “Gardening to Manage Pests Naturally” is exciting as you learn how to encourage beneficial insects and birds into your garden to eradicate the bugs that threaten to destroy your plants. Learn the least toxic way to manage your garden and practice IPM, Integrated Pest Management, in your home.
May 1 is our last workshop in the series held at Marin Art and Garden. “Go Native – Planting for Pollinators” takes you into the plant world and teaches you how to enrich your garden; what plants thrive in the microclimates found around your home; and how to propagate plants that you can take home.
Will you join us at these workshops? Pick and choose or register for all five!
The time: 9:00 a.m. -noon
The cost: Free
The location: (All classes but the Edibles) The Livermore room at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross
How do I register? Click here: http://bayfriendlycoalition.org/Calendar.shtml#Marin