Group member and organic gardening expert Deana Bess is giving us another informative class, this time about the things that might damage the plants in our gardens. Whether you're growing flowers, fruits, vegetables, shrubs, hedges, trees, or just plain lawns, Deana will explain how to solve the problems created by some unwelcome animals, voracious insects or mysterious diseases. Using organic methods instead of invasive chemicals, your garden can keep looking beautiful as nature intended.
Without being judgemental, we'll learn that there are "good insects" and "bad insects," as far as gardeners are concerned. Good guys like ladybugs can feast on bad guys like aphids, making pesticides unnecessary in case of infestations. Adding appropriate plants to your garden can attract beneficial insects like butterflies, or repel plant pests or annoying insects like mosquitoes.
Many wild creatures who find your garden attractive may eventually make it less attractive to you and your neighbors. These can range anywhere from snails and slugs through mice, moles, gophers, opossums, rabbits, raccoons, and even deer, all of whom have hearty appetites. Deana will describe the many ways you can protect your garden without harming any of these creatures.
Plant diseases all have different appearances, so recognizing which ones your plants have will help you solve the problems correctly. We'll learn about diseases like downy mildew, powdery mildew, white mold, black rot, and viruses. Bring along a note pad to help you remember what you learn at this class.
This event be being held again at the Cafe of the Food and Thought group of organic stores. You'll find the Cafe next to the Thoughtful Threads clothing store on the north side of the courtyard. At the food store you can order some healthy and delicious organic foods and drinks, and enjoy consuming them on the Cafe's tables during the class. Before you return home, consider buying the garden center's 100% organically grown vegetables and herbs, or organic fertilizers, fruit trees and other tropicals for your own garden. Food and Thought gives a store-wide 10% discount on all purchases to members presenting their garden group membership cards, as shown in the Our Sponsors column on the left side.
As in most of our gardening classes, members may bring their excess plants for the free plant-exchange table, and take other plants home for their own gardens. An extra bonus in Deana’s classes is the free raffle at the end of the session, during which everyone gets a numbered ticket. All members with winning numbers will take home a new plant, a gardening book, or various gardening supplies.
Comfortable space in the Cafe will limit the class to only 25 members and visitors. Once that limit is reached, later responders will automatically be placed on the Waiting List, to take the place of any earlier responders who drop out. To show whether you will or won't attend this event, click on the green RSVP panel near the upper right corner of the screen. If you're inviting your partner or any friends to come along, add to your RSVP response the number of guests who will attend. And if your plans or their plans change, you must update your RSVP to let others on the Waiting List take your place. Neglecting to do so is unfair to members waiting in vain to attend. Members in our group have become a thoughtful and helpful family of gardening friends, and it should continue to stay that way.