March 17, 2009
Greetings Gardeners and Potential Gardeners!
Okay, amazing, renewing, lovely, lovely, could Spring really be here sort of weekend.
Here's the answer to the most asked question at the store over the last few days:
Early to mid April.
Was the question when will we get plants on the lot, or when should I start raking off my leaves and getting into my garden? We were actually answering customer's queries about when the plants arrive, but to all those itching to get into the soil, have patience. Here is a nice article from Organic Gardening Magazine about why it's best to wait: http://www.organicgardening.com/feature/0,7518,s1-3-81-1431,00.html.
Gardening paraphernalia arriving daily - we are still heavily into seed starting mode and we have gotten more light kits. The popularity of seed starting and vegetable gardening has made seed starting mix a bit scarce, but we are working all of our vendors and are still stocked. If it gets rough, we will put together a little DIY seed starting planting mix kit.
Our biggest concern at the moment is our lovely cat, Jolly, for whom we've yet to find a home. Please pass along to anyone you might know who would like to love a new pet.
Beyond that, our seminars are all full, but we are considering a third veggie gardening class in mid April. If you would be interested , then please drop us an email so we can gauge whether to hold another class. We have active waiting lists and there has been movement if anyone would like to be put on a list for any of the remaining classes. Here is the list of the last three:
March 25th: Using Permaculture to Create Productive and Abundant Landscapes.
How do we design landscapes to mitigate the impacts of climate change? How can we create beautiful, productive and abundant landscapes in these challenging conditions? Permaculture offers a set of design principles and tools to do just that. Paula Westmoreland of Ecological Gardens will discuss the ways you can apply them to build natural wealth in your own backyard.
April 1st: Made in the Shade: The Many Options for Gardening with Shade Loving Plants.
All we need to say is Russ Henry of the Seward Coop gardens will be the instructor, but beyond that, we sure live with a lot of shade in the city, and there are lovely and surprising options for filling your shady spots.
April 8th: Natural Lawn Care and the Use of Corn Gluten Meal.
Another popular class from last year, it is led by Brian Tjiaden, a natural lawn expert and our corn gluten distributor. He will explain how this all natural, non-toxic pre-emergent herbicide and fertilizer works, and how to work with it.
Thank you all again for your support and interest in our classes; we really enjoy them and are thrilled that you do too. After that Chicken class, we want chickens in the back garden!
We'll see you at the store....