An event every month that begins at 2:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2017
Every third Saturday Eric Garretson will teach a hands on class featuring different aspects of gardening and landscaping.
Please offer a donation of $20-$30. Paying $120 up front will cover all classes through November and, if you choose, full participation in The SourceForest community garden project for 2017.
February 18: We will be preparing gardening beds and planting cold weather crops. And possibly planting tomatoes basil and pepper seedlings. This is going to be an abundant garden this year.
March 18th: Irrigation for your yard and landscape. We will look at the irrigation situation at the Source, pros and cons, and do a little hands on repair. We will talk about water harvesting for your yard and soil building for best water retention. Topics will include: drip irrigation, Swales, sunken beds, raised beds and mulches.
April 15th: Planting those summer Vegetables. Depending on where you live in this town it is the time to start planting some of those delectable summer vegetables. Topics will include: seeds, soil, irrigation, amendments, companion plants, mulches…
May 20th: Pests and weeds, beneficial and edible or not. In this class we will search out and discuss those pesky weeds, insects, and diseases. Many are beneficial, many do not require a panic mode and many can be fed to your neighborhood chickens.
June 17th: Neighborhood landscape walk. We can harvest great ideas from looking at our neighbors yards. We will start by walking around the Source and then move to strolling the neighborhood. We will look at designs, discuss the plants, wildlife habitat, edible and useful plants, creating a food forest and how a good healthful landscape in many ways emulates nature.
July 15th: Composting. Contrary to the bumper sticker “composting happens” composting can be a challenge. In this class we will discuss the various methods of composting. It takes a little work but it is a worthy endeavor.
August 19th: Fall Gardens, Vegetables. Yes believe it or not you can plant some vegetables this time of year for that Thanksgiving salad. We will discuss what vegetables will over winter here and how to extend your season.
September 16th: Fall Gardens, Trees, Shrubbery, Perennials. Fall is a wonderful time to plant here in New Mexico. It gives your plants plenty of time to adjust before those blazing hot days of summer. We will discuss the plants that do well here, that give us comfort and joy.
October 21st: Harvest Festival. Reaping the bounty of what we we have sowed we will eat some of said bounty with a celebration of food. Somehow growing your own food or knowing the farmer who does makes eating a little more pleasurable.
November 18th: Seed Saving, Harvesting, Sharing and Storing. Without seeds we would
basically be dead. This day we will collect, share and talk about the importance of seeds and the life they give us.