We had a good attendance yesterday at the "Growing and Using Herbs" workshop. Our instructor, Anna Marie Beauchemin, is extremely knowledgeable and gave a lovely Power Point presentation on the medicinal and culinary uses of herbs, as well as advice on which herbs are pollinator friendly. We made a super easy vinegar with fresh herbs, and everyone got to take home a jar. To check out Anna's website for her apothecary in Martinez, visit https://www.eastbayherbals.com
Photos by Alison Clary
Saturday, April 13, 10am - 4pm.
For more information, go to www.rodgersranchurbanfarm.org
Up next, RRHC and Sustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO) co-present a workshop on herbal medicine, the basics of planning a pollinator-friendly herb garden, properties and uses of popular kitchen medicinals, and preserving herbs from the summer. This workshop includes a demo on making herbal infused vinegar, and each participant will go home with a bottle of medicinal and culinary vinegar. Spots are filling up fast. To register, click on this: www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-and-using-herbs-tickets-54737757105?aff=erelexpmlt
Today was the final class in the 6-part permaculture series, taught by master gardener Marian Woodard. The topic was "To Seed or Seedling -- Getting Plants Off to a Great Start!" Marian told the class advantages of starting seeds in trays, using non-treated, non GMO seeds, how to interpret seed packets, when to plant, what grow well together, how the seed industry has evolved, and so much more. Photos by Alison Clary
This past Saturday, students learned how to identify 6 critical functions of trees and how to use them in the garden; what types of trees and plants to use for desired functions; what to plant around trees; how to build high-density planting structures, and much more! Photos by Alison Clary
This Saturday: March 2 -- Trees, Guilds & Food Forests, and Options for Applying Them
1. Learn how to identify which plants are needed, and then place plants so that they help each other grow for increased yield, soil health and less work for the gardener.
2. Learn how to build structures such as herb spirals, keyhole beds or mandala beds to incorporate guilds.
Participants will be able to: identify 6 critical functions of trees and how to use them in the garden; what types of trees and plants to use for desired functions; what to plant around trees; how to build high-density planting structures.
To register, click on this: www.sustainablecoco.org
Photos from last week's class (courtesy of Denise Koroslev):
February 23 Water: Slow it, Sink it, Spread it, Save it
Whether El Nino or drought, learning how to capture and use water can transform your garden.
Participants will be able to: identify the most relevant water capture system(s) for their property (may include swales, dams, earthworks, ponds, greywater); use an A-frame to identify contour lines (for swales), and know how to implement the best system for their circumstances. Also, vermiculture! (which we didn't get to today on account of all there was to talk about soil!)
Cost:$40. To register: www.eventbrite.com/e/grow-more-food-home-permaculture-series-tickets-52425057759.
Here are photos from today's class, which focused on soil. Marian took the class outside and taught everyone how to make the perfect compost! Here is a description of today's class:
Soil: Ground Zero for Garden & Planetary Health
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.
Photos by Alison Clary
Are you thinking about keeping bees? Or perhaps you just want to know more about these miraculous garden helpers and how to encourage them to visit your yard? Our expert from the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers’ Association, teaches us about bee biology, equipment, installation, seasonal management, bee-friendly gardens, and much more! 10am - 12pm. Cost: $25
To register, go here: http://sustainablecoco.org
At the Succulent Garden Club meeting today, Nathanael Miller of The Air Plant Hub, was the guest speaker. Guests learned everything there is to know about air plants! For instance, air plants absorb nutrients from their leaves, are not in the same family as succulents, and are native to Central America. If you'd like purchase or learn more air plants, contact Nathan and Meredith Miller at email@example.com. Photos by Alison Clary
Pleasant Hill Historical Society Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 pm
Hope to see you there! Refreshments will be served.
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