a course on how to garden from the ground up
presented by the Peterborough and Area Master Gardeners
For the new gardener who is not quite sure where to start or the home owner
who loves to garden and would like to find out more...
early in 2015, the Master Gardeners are offering a full day event on how to garden.
A Day for Gardeners
on Saturday, March 7, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
at Activity Haven
180 Barnardo Ave, in
$30 for all day (this includes lunch)
There will be talks on:
What factors should you consider when designing your garden space whether
you are starting with a new slate or an established garden? Topics that will
be addressed are: site assessment and individual use the space, choosing the
right plant for the right place, reducing work and costs. Get ready for the
growing season with a plan to make the most of your space.
Soils (including composting)
If you manage your garden soil well your garden will florish. Most gardeners
realize this but many do not know why. Do you want to learn how to increase
your soils fertility without increasing the work involved at the same time
as reducing the need for weeding? Then this talk is for you. Included will
be how to compost effectively and recycle the organic matter to produce a rich
active soil your plants will love to live in.
Pruning is one of the most important skills a gardener can master. You will learn:
Why you need to prune, the 3 D’s – removing dead, damaged and diseased branches,
how to control growth, stimulate, rejuvenate, maintain, and increase strength of
plants. When to prune and the equipment used will be discussed. This will include
pruning of deciduous trees, conifers, broad leaf evergreens, deciduous shrubs,
vines, roses, hedges. There will be a demonstration and an opportunity for everyone
to practice the art of pruning.
Square Foot Gardening
Want to grow your own vegetables but are short on time and space? You can grow 100%
of your harvest in 20% of the space, with much less weeding, fewer pests and it’s
easier on the body than traditional methods of gardening. It even looks good! Find
out all you need to know to begin “Square Foot Gardening”
Edible Forest Gardening
If you have room for one fruit tree or many you can have an edible forest garden.
We will talk about establishing, designing and choosing plants for this style of
garden. Special focus will be given to the selection and care of fruit bearing plants.
Herbs - more than charm and grace: Cottage Gardens as medicine
Although cottage gardens have been admired throughout history for their beauty, their
practical role as a 'living medicine chest' has often been overlooked. This talk will
look at the habitat requirements, physical characteristics and medicinal uses of a
number of plants traditionally found in a cottage garden. Simple recipes to try at
home will be included as well.