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Sarah Birger will be sharing fruit tree pruning basics on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, from 1 – 3 pm at the Good Cheer Garden Wednesday work party. You can practice your new skills by pruning the Good Cheer fruit trees! Bring your pruning tools, you’ll also learn how to sharpen and care for them. Class is by donation to Good Cheer, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Come early for lunch if you’d like, or join the garden work party in the morning.
This class is weather permitting!
Getting a Start on Your Garden
A new season is beginning! Do you want to be eating fresh salads and stir fried veggies from your garden in April? Would you like to know what to do now to grow lots of veggies later?
On Saturday, February 22nd, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am learn about this early part of the growing season with
- practical and timely tips on garden planning
- soil preparation
- seed selection
- growing starts using soil blocks
We will also have locally grown seeds available for sale from Deep Harvest Farm and other Whidbey seed suppliers. The best coir fiber for making your own potting soil will also be available for sale so you can make the “Good Cheer” super simple potting soil.
Presented by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Gardener.
Location: WICEC (Whidbey Island Community Education Center) at the historic Bayview School, 5611 Bayview Road, Bayview Corner, Langley. (Next to Good Cheer!)
Fee: $15, or donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information and to register: Please visit http://www.wicec.us or call 360-221-5020
On Saturday, September 14th, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, learn how to make blue ribbon worm castings. Class is presented by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator.
This class is one of three classes being offering during the Good Cheer Harvest Party and Music Fest.
This class is part of the Growing Groceries program to help local gardeners be successful growing food. Vermicastings are an excellent soil amendment, adding nutrition and microbes to increase your soil fertility.
We will also be sharing tips on how to use in-ground worms in general, whether wood or concrete, to make terrific vermicastings out of your food scraps.
Class will be taught by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator
For more information, email email@example.com
Saturday, April 6th, from 11 am – 1 pm, enjoy a picnic at Good Cheer and bring your garden questions! Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator, will be available to answer questions, and demonstrate the use of floating row covers, and other garden tricks of the trade. We’ll be having salad from our hoophouse!
There are other opportunities to learn while volunteering at the weekly work parties at Good Cheer Garden, and the Whidbey Institute. Click HERE for more info!
The new season is beginning!
- Wednesday, March 6th, from 4 – 6 pm, bring your questions to the Good Cheer Garden! Cary Peterson will be available to answer your garden questions, and also to show you how to grow starts using soil blocks.
- Wednesday, March 13th, starting at 1 pm, Sarah Birger will be teaching pruning basics at the Good Cheer Garden. We’ll practice our skills by pruning the Good Cheer plum and pear trees!
The best way to learn is by doing!
- Come to the Good Cheer Garden work party on Wednesdays, from 9 am – 4 pm, for as long or short as you can. Lunch at noon.
- Another great work party is on Thursday afternoons, at the Whidbey Institute Westgarden, from 1 – 4 pm. Come for as long or short as you can.
Help grow veggies for the Good Cheer Food Bank, while learning what to do seasonally to grow your own!
When the pumpkins are ripening, you know the season is coming to an end! It’s time to plant garlic and prepare your garden for the winter… and next season.
The last class of the season is on Tuesday, October 9th at the Good Cheer Garden, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Note the earlier time!
- How to get your garden ready to grow next year by putting it to rest for the winter
- Garlic planting tips
- Top Tips for October
Presented by Cary Peterson, Growing Groceries Coordinator
Class fee is $15, scholarships available.
Location: Good Cheer Garden, but stay tuned for alternate nearby location if weather is inclement.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The gardens have been bountiful, and it’s time to celebrate the harvest!
On Saturday, September 8, Growing Groceries will be part of the Good Cheer Harvest Party and Music Fest, and the class will be in the Good Cheer Garden:
1:00 – 2:30 pm: Top Tips of the Month and Get the “Scoop on Poop”!
Presented by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator
- How to increase the fertility of your soil with animal manures, worm castings, and local plant and animal amendments. Manure has been in the news lately… find out why.
- Special guest, Chris Korrow, will share about the ways biodynamic gardening enlivens and enriches your garden.
- Top Tips for September- bring your questions!
2:30 pm: Ed Hume of Ed Hume Seeds will be at the Good Cheer Harvest Party to answer your questions, and sign his new book Gardening with Ed Hume: Northwest Gardening Made Easy.
4:15 pm: Worm Bin Q & A where you can learn how to make great vermicastings.
Ongoing: lots of cooking demonstrations to learn how to create delicious meals with your garden produce!!
The Good Cheer Garden is at 2812 Grimm Rd. at Bayview Corner, Langley.
For information and registration, email email@example.com.
Come to a class on fruit and vegetable dehydration in Thomas Berry Hall at the Whidbey Institute, from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesday, August 21st! B.Y.O.B. (berries, of course!) and your favorite container for the fruit & veggie mixture to take home.
The class is by donation and is open to everyone.
To register, please email community gardening apprentice, Mech, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve had some hot summer days, the crops are ripening, and it’s time to enjoy a bountiful harvest. You can still sneak in fast growing fall crops, or sow the last plantings for your overwintering veggies.
On Tuesday, August 14th, at the Good Cheer Garden at Bayview Corner, from 5 pm – 7 pm learn about:
- Cover crops for building soil fertility
- TOP TIPS for the month and Q & A (bring your questions!)
Wish you had better tomatoes this year? Hoping to have more greens this winter or start growing earlier next year? Hoophouses are simple and inexpensive to build! Get inspired now, and you’ll have one by next season!
- How to grow throughout the year by putting your veggies under cover
- Construction tips and tricks
- Best veggies to plant
Presenter: Cary Peterson, Growing Groceries Coordinator
Class fee $15 or by donation.
Class is at the Good Cheer Garden, 2812 Grimm Rd. at Bayview Corner, Langley.
For information and registration, email email@example.com
Photo credit: Susan Burgers (raspberries)