Soil: Ground Zero for Garden & Planetary Health
Saturday, February 3, 9:30am - 12pm, $40/class.
Learn the definition and components of soil, and what it takes to best support your garden.
Participants will be able to: identify soil characteristics based on texture, structure and types of plants growing in it; know what turns soil into dirt; understand basic plant biology (and why never to buy petrochemically-based fertilizers again); compost and vermicompost; understand the importance of organic matter in soil. For info and registration on complete series:
Participants Draft Plans For Their Own Gardens in 2nd Permaculture Class! Next week's all-important class is "Soil: Ground Zero." Pre-register now at sustainablecoco.org!
Denise's grandson Josh put in a new flagstone path using the old flagstones, partially buried under dirt. The new path connects the new brick pathway to the cement pathway, by the herb garden and back gate. Recycling at its best! Thanks, Josh. It looks beautiful! Photos by Alison Clary
Grow More Food In Harmony With Nature:
Home Permaculture Series
Co-hosted by Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center and Sustainable Contra Costa
315 Cortsen Rd., Pleasant Hill, Saturdays, 9:30am – 12pm.
Cost: $40/class. Drop-ins welcome; pre-registration recommended: sustainablecoco.org
January 27: Garden Design – Components and Connections
Incorporating a successful garden design and implementation
February 3: Soil: Ground Zero for Garden & Planetary Health
Learn definition and components of soil for the best garden support.
February 10: Water: Slow it, Sink it, Spread it, Save it
Learn to capture/use water to transform garden, in El Nino or drought.
February 17: Trees, Guilds & Food Forests: Options for Application
Identify necessary plants and placement for increased yield, soil health and less work. Learn about herb spirals, keyhole beds mandala beds, and guilds.
February 24: To Seed or to Seedling.
Learn what is most cost and time effective to plant versus buy and what to know when working with seed packets or 6-packs of seedlings.
In partnership with Sustainable Contra Costa, RRHC kicked-off its 6-part Grow More Food Permaculture Series last Saturday. Master gardener Marian Woodard got the series off to a great start with the first class, "Permaculture: Partnering with Nature For a Better Garden."
2nd class in series is up next:
January 27th: Garden Design – Components and Connections, 9:30am - 12pm, $40
Learn what needs to be incorporated for successful garden design and implementation
Participants will be able to: create a garden map, identify important property components, understand how elements affect each other, identify essential elements and begin ideas placement. Pre-registration is highly recommended. To sign up for any or all classes in the series, and for more information on the series, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-more-food-home-permaculture-series-tickets-40925305691
Back by popular demand! Superstar gardener Marian Woodard presents a very special opportunity to learn the most effective, most natural, deeply earth-centered gardening practices in this 6- week series. No matter what size your yard is, you’ll learn to be more self-sufficient, conserve water and energy, and build community with your fellow gardeners. Students will work on shaping and re-designing their own growing spaces throughout the class. You will see your yard in a whole new light!
The workshops take place Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Save $40 when you purchase the entire series. This offer is only available until the first session on January 20th.
Drop-ins are welcome for any date; you DO NOT need to take the entire series.
Full class descriptions and registration here
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