Sustainable Vegetable Gardening: Getting Your Soil Ready (1st of 3 classes)

These three Virginia Cooperative Extension classes will be a great kickoff to your 2014 gardening season.  They're taught by Master Gardener Paul Gibson and the Master Gardener Cook's Garden Team. I've been to their classes before and I always enjoy them and learn a lot.

This is an easy outing to attend.  The class starts at 10:30am so you don't have to get up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday :)  Just show up and start planning your garden. The Master Gardeners always have thorough, clear handouts, but you can bring a notebook if you want.

Please don't forget to register with the Master Gardeners for each class you're attending!  It's easy.  Just drop them an email with your name saying you're coming:  [masked] You can also tell them you're with the Sustainable Prince William Meetup group. (Oh, and also RSVP here on Meetup.)

Here's the Master Gardeners' official description of this series of classes:

"Growing our own food, using nature as a guide and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth.  These three classes cover the essential topics - planning the garden using organic sustainable techniques to develop healthy productive gardens, and growing good garden soil.  These practices are on display at our Teaching Garden and showcased in our Saturday in the Garden programs.  There is no charge for these classes; please register."

See you there!

Bonny

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  • Bonny

    The class was excellent! Can't wait 'til the second session.

    Participants received handouts for the talk, with local planting dates, what to include in a garden notebook, double digging directions, & the Seed Exchange Catalog & Garden Guide from Southern Exposure in Mineral, Virginia. Missed the class but want the handouts? You can request them from [masked]. For the seed catalog go to SouthernExposure.com.

    February 8, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Found this class helpful and informative, and the gardeners were very responsive to questions. The library was a nice setting, too. For those of you looking for seeds, there was a good resource mentioned; Southern Exposure magazine. I also know there's a good local farm here called The Farm at Broad Run, and they have reliable and sustainable organic practices. It's right off route 55 just west of Haymarket, and you can check them out online at thefarmatbroadrun.com. I also can't wait to check out the teaching gardens in Bristow. Thank you, Bonny and Bill.

    February 8, 2014

  • Paige T.

    Hi, If you haven't registered, this class is full. If you are interested in the information, please email the Extension Horticulture Help Desk for the power point information. [masked] [masked]

    February 6, 2014

  • Jessica

    Oh no this is the exact type of class that I need (<--first year EVER starting a garden)! I will be on vacation this weekend so sadly I will not be able to attend. I see this is class 1 of a series of 3 classes. Is the first class vital to the second and third? I do not want to feel lost or left behind; like I mentioned I am a true beginner with absolutely no experience. I would really love to learn the "green" lifestyle and become self sustainable within the next couple of years so I can pass these teaching down to my children one day! Thanks for allowing me to join your group! I hope there are classes, etc. for beginners like me!

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Bonny

      PS - Enjoy your vacation :D

      January 28, 2014

    • Bonny

      Jessica, here’s Nancy Berlin’s answer to your question about this series of classes:

      “The three classes build upon knowledge, but if Jessica misses one, she should still attend the others. She can ask questions before and afterwards and request the handouts from us at [masked] for the class she misses.”

      “We hope your members can join us for this fantastic series of classes. They also may be interested in the Pocket Meadow class – for attracting pollinators to their yards.”

      January 31, 2014

  • Nancy B.

    Thanks for the invitation to this meetup! Bonny, I sent you an email with more specifics on the Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Series in Prince William.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Heather

    Wish I could attend but I already have plans. Hope I can make the next one.

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • Bonny

      Welcome to the meetup, Heather! Hope to see you at the next one.

      January 29, 2014

  • Cheryl

    SO tired of the cold weather, I hope we have a nice day for this event. Anyone else antsy for spring to get here? I actually (and probably unwisely) planted some lettuce seeds on one of the warm days we had, in one of the sunnier and more sheltered areas of our yard. Maybe February will be gentler and I'll have some nice salad in April. :D

    January 24, 2014

    • Bonny

      Yes, it sure is cold! Cheryl, I’m feeling antsy like you, so I thought I’d plant some sunflower sprouts inside today. You grow them in soil in a tray. They taste great - much better and more substantial than other sprouts. You never know what the weather will be like for the class, but at least we’ll be inside in the library :-D

      January 24, 2014

  • Vanessa

    I am a new vegan/vegetarian who would love to grow my own food. I have grown tomatoes and peppers in the past and loved it!

    1 · January 2, 2014

    • Bonny

      Hi Vanessa! Welcome to the meetup. I look forward to meeting you soon :)

      January 15, 2014

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