Primary Instructor: Chauce Coxon
Special Guest Instructors (Please see calendar for dates and info)
*Please note that all activities are subject to change.
Projects we’ll be working on throughout the course (More to come!):
- Hugelkultur Preparation & Creating a Model Example- Learn how to make Hugelkultur beds! Hugelkultur is a style of garden bed with many bonuses over a traditional bed. It is built of tree branches/logs, earth, and plant matter, and as this decays it holds water (meaning you water less) and provides nutrients to your plants, while creating more surface area in your garden!
- Fermented plant juice elixir- Learn how to make a potent fertilizer packed with live microorganisms, nitrogen and more goodies- made simply of weeds from your garden!
- Orchard Management- Learn about how to care for young fruit trees- Pruning, weeding, mulching, applying composts and amendments, and fencing to protect from deer
- Sheet mulching- Learn a great way to start new garden beds without tilling! By layering newspaper or cardboard with soil, compost, amendments and straw we effectively block out grass and other competing weeds. This is a great way to quickly creating a garden for plant starts without tilling and destroying the soil structure.
- Planting Starts- We’ll be learning all about companion planting, plant spacing, and other tips when transplanting starts into beds that have been sheet mulched.
- Seed Sowing- Come learn several methods of sowing seeds, companion planting and important tips to care for them as they germinate and grow into plants!
Three Sisters Companion Planting- According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who grow and thrive together. This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, widespread among Native American farming societies is a sustainable system that provides long-term soil fertility. The corn stalk serves as a pole for the beans, the beans help to add the nitrogen to the soil, and the squash provides a ground cover of shade to help the soil retain moisture. Growing a Three Sisters garden is a wonderful way to feel more connected to the history of this land, regardless of our ancestry.
Spiral Herb Garden- An herb spiral is certainly a beautiful shape to find in the garden, but it also has practical reasons. By having the spiral raised in the center, spiraling down to ground level, lots of micro climates are created. Some spots of the spiral will get more sunlight, others more shade. Some areas will be hold moisture better while the more raised parts offer the chance for better drained, drier soil. By having all of these differences, the spiral enables us to grow plants with different needs in a smaller space, conveniently located right next to the kitchen!
- Seedling Care- An essential part of sowing seeds is making sure that seedlings have enough room to grow and plucking any extra seeds that germinated too tightly.
- Seed Ball Making- created by Masanobu Fukuoka, seed balls are an efficient way of sowing seeds, and a great way to let plants naturally choose where they will grow and thrive
- Come learn the basics of starting a vineyard as we plant grapes and make trellises!
- Trellising- Learn how to create different types of trellises for many kinds of vining plants! We will use natural materials to make trellises that are as beautiful as they are practical
For more information please contact: Chauce Coxon, Garden Manager
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