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Garden School #4: Healthy Soil, Healthy Food

Garden School #4:  Healthy Soil, Healthy Food

Brand new to growing food?  Already gardening but want to improve your techniques?  Have lots of experience and willing to share?  Join us!

New and experienced gardeners are invited to join The Resilience Hub for its first season of "Garden School" modules in Portland.  Each of the 12 modules will focus on a specific gardening topic in easily accessible and "digestible" chunks.  Together we willcreate a shared space for newer, intermediate as well as experienced gardeners to learn and share.  Sessions happen every two weeks starting in March; attend one, some or all!

Some modules will be facilitated by experienced Resilience Hub folks, while others will feature a guest lecturer/facilitator.  This series is grounded in organic methods and the use of good permaculture design skills.

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All sessions will convene at 6:30 pm so that participants can share potluck food (bring a dish/beverage to share and your own potluck kit consisting of bowl/utensils/cup/napkin).  Main topic will commence at 7:00 pm and run for 60-90 minutes depending on discussion time.  Handouts will be provided.

Space is limited to ensure a quality learning experience!

Garden School #4:  Healthy Soil, Healthy Food

Module #4 will cover the fundamentals of a healthy, biologically active and mineral-rich soil.   Creating and supporting a living and nutrient-packed soil is the most important work of the gardener beyond a shadow of a doubt.  Compromised soil leads to vulnerable plants. Also, if the nutrition is not in the soil, then it can't get into the food!  

We will be joined by member Aaron Parker who will be bringing his microscope so that we can look at some of that soil food web up close and personal!



If you would like to attend all 12 modules and receive a Resilience Hub Certificate of Completion, please contact Lisa Fernandes (via the organizer icon at left) to arrange a one-time discounted payment to cover the entire series.




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  • Sally M.

    Here is a silly question. Is the size of the worms any indication of the health of the soil? I just saw the biggest worm I've ever seen in one of my beds. Yikes!

    May 1, 2014

  • Sally M.

    I have a follow-up question. What about containers such as flower pots and window boxes. Should I be treating them like tiny raised beds? Do all the little organizism still thrive?

    April 15, 2014

    • Hazel O.

      I have had great luck with treating container gardens like any other soil ecosystem you want to optimize. I've even imported microscopic beneficial insects for the indoors to combat the standard fungus gnats etc.

      April 22, 2014

  • liz b.

    excellent introduction to soil health. really enjoyed the module.

    April 16, 2014

  • Chris R.

    Thanks so much for a very informative evening!

    April 15, 2014

  • Susie

    I just called Pike Industries and they are out of lagoon dust for the next couple weeks. Said to check back in early May.

    April 15, 2014

    • jesse

      Thanks for the heads up, Susy!

      April 15, 2014

  • Ruth S.

    Lots of information & well organized.

    April 15, 2014

  • Xiknawi M

    Nikki - my impression from past experience is you are more than welcome to arrive when you can, with whatever you are able to bring, or not.

    April 14, 2014

  • Aaron P.

    Just a last minute offer: if anyone wants any thing from Edgewood Nursery let meknow before 5pm (by email or comment) and i can bring it to the class.

    Bare root perennials:
    motherwort -$3/ea
    pennyroyal -$3/ clump
    beebalm - $3/clump
    walking onions - $1/ea
    water celery -$4/clump
    allium nutans -$1/ea
    lemon balm - $3/clump
    hens and chicks - $3/clump

    Potted perennials:
    Eastern Prickly Pear - $6
    Cramp Bark (Vibernum opulus) - $12
    Silver Squill - $6

    April 14, 2014

    • Aaron P.

      Seeds ($2/ sm packet)
      Annual Veggies: Tomato "Arkansas Traveler", Tomato "Yellow Centiflor", Tomato "Reistomate", Dry Bean "Papa de Rola", Jalamato procumbens.

      Perennial Veggies: Dystaenia takesimana, Hablitzia tamnoides, Udo (Aralia cordata), Fuki (Petasites japonicus var. giganteus), Loveage (Levisticum officinale), Turkish Rocket (Bunias orientalis), Garlic "Metichi" (topsets)

      Medicinal: Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa), Dang Shen (Codonopsis pilosula), Spilanthes/Acmella oleracea, Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Lobelia inflata, Echinacea paradoxa, Echinacea purpurea.

      April 14, 2014

  • Nikki B.

    Is it okay to skip the potluck and arrive at 7? I will be coming from school and won't have an opportunity to make a dish.

    April 3, 2014

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