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Gardening Classes… a reminder

A reminder from Lily Wong at the Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program:

Dear Gardener:

Welcome to the wonderful world of P-Patch community gardening.  The P-Patch Program partners with Seattle Tilth to offer the following series of free organic gardening classes.   These classes are designed to take you through the gardening season in your P-Patch. Most classes are offered twice, once at Bradner P-Patch and once at Magnuson Park P-Patch.   Registration for each starts about two weeks prior to the class.  Enrollment is limited to 20 people.

If you would like to attend Class 2, “Planting Your Garden,” please respond via email to Lily.Wong@seattle.gov as soon as possible.  The Sunday, May 23 class will be held at the Magnuson Park P-Patch from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If there is any other Tilth class you would like to register for, please specify the date and time of the class you would like to attend.

Class 2 – “Planting Your Garden”
Spring is here and it’s time to start planting your garden! This class will help the beginning gardener learn techniques for planting the garden to maximize your harvest, including intensive sowing and spacing as well as vertical gardening. Once those plants are in, keep them strong and healthy with tips on selecting the best organic fertilizer and soil amendments.  This hands-on class will be held in the garden, so dress for the weather and come prepared to learn how to plant your P-Patch plot.

Magnuson Park P-Patch, Sun. 5/23, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

THE ENTIRE SERIES INCLUDES:
2010 Organic Gardening: the Basics Class Descriptions

Seattle Tilth and the P-Patch Program are teaming up again to present Organic Gardening: the Basics to P-Patch gardeners.  Taught by Tilth instructors, this popular program is in its ninth year helping new gardeners learn some of the best ways to plan, plant and maintain their gardens while maximizing the use of their space and increasing their harvest.  The classes are held throughout the season at Magnuson P-Patch in northeast Seattle and at Bradner P-Patch in south central Seattle.  Each class is open to the public and free to attend, but pre-registration is required.  
Enrollment limited to 20 people

Class 1 – “How to get Started – Garden Planning”
Now is the time to begin preparing your garden for a bountiful spring, summer and beyond.  Experienced gardeners know that careful planning now will bring big yields later.  This class is geared towards the beginning gardener and will  show you how to decide the best crops to grow, select the appropriate seed and design your plot for optimum benefit.  You will also learn how to rotate your       crops and things you can do now to prepare your soil for planting in the next few weeks.  This class will be held indoors.

Bradner P-Patch classroom, Thursday April 8, 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.  This class has already occurred.

Class 2 – “Planting Your Garden”
Spring is here and it’s time to start planting your garden! This class will help the beginning gardener learn techniques for planting the garden to maximize your harvest, including intensive sowing and spacing as well as vertical gardening. Once those plants are in, keep them strong and healthy with tips on selecting the best organic fertilizer and soil amendments.  This hands-on class will be held in the garden, so dress for the weather and come prepared to learn how to plant your P-Patch plot.

Bradner P-Patch, Thurs. 5/20, 6:00pm – 8:00pm This class is full.
Magnuson Park P-Patch, Sun. 5/23, 10:00am – Noon

Class 3 – “Organic Pest and Disease Control”
Just when your plants seem to be off to a great start, you notice something has been snacking on your precious plants!  Pests and diseases are a natural part of gardening and this class will help you learn how to control these problems without using chemicals.  This informative class will include a tour of the garden to locate and identify common pest and disease damage and we will discuss how to treat these problems organically.  This class will meet inside but will include an outdoor component, so dress for the weather.

Bradner P-Patch classroom, Sat. 6/19, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Class 4 – “Summer Harvesting and Winter Gardening”
The harvest is coming, are you ready?  Learn when and how to harvest your vegetables to get the most out of your garden. Plus, now is the time to begin planning and preparing for fall and winter gardening in order to keep you growing year round.  Join us in the garden and learn what you can grow fall through spring and how to squeeze these plants into your overflowing summer garden!

Bradner P-Patch, Thurs. 8/5, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Magnuson Park P-Patch, Sun. 8/8, 10:00am – Noon


Class 5 – “Putting the Garden to Bed”
A beautiful spring garden and bountiful summer harvest begin now with proper soil preparation. Learn the hows and why’s of fall soil building techniques, including simple, inexpensive soil building techniques that you can use to feed your soil and get ready for a fantastic garden next year.  We will also touch on other topics such as end-of-season harvest and what to plant now. This hands-on class is geared for beginning gardeners and will be held in the garden, so dress for the weather.

Bradner P-Patch, Sun. 10/9, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Magnuson Park P-Patch, Sun. 10/10, 10:00am – Noon

Best,

Lily Wong
Department of Neighborhoods
Neighborhood Matching Fund/P-Patch
700 5th Ave., Ste 1700
Seattle WA  98124-4649

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