Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Nitty Gritty Workshops

Welcome to the brand new, never before seen, organic kitchen gardening workshops at the Nitty Gritty Greenhouse & Potager.

With a kitchen garden, aka potager, you can easily grow a good portion of your annual fresh food needs, thus saving money while feeding the family with tasty edibles of all kinds. Foods that have not been genetically modified or sprayed with nasty pesticides or herbicides, grown in your own yard, completely organically.

This garden, regardless of size, can also fill your larder with tomato sauces, salsas, pickles, sauerkraut, jams, jellies, chutneys, pickled beans or asparagus, etc.. and also fill your freezer full of organically grown peas, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, etc... all kinds of fruits and veggies.

Last year, I ran some planting workshops for the first time. We made moss baskets, hanging baskets, floral and herbal planters, and even kids planters. We talked about Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers, slow release fertilisers, watering, etc.. and we laughed ... a lot.

Orchard Baby corn
 Adorable small cobs of sweet corn

At the end of the season, I was asked if I could also do some informational workshops, some how-to instructionals about growing food, starting seeds, and other organic kitchen gardening practises.
I then ran a wee, informal questionnaire, asking what folks were most interested in learning and doing... the following are the results from that questionnaire.

I hope that, through these workshops, and your visits to the potager and the greenhouse, that I can inspire within you all a love of growing food organically and a love of kitchen gardening. These workshops break down the basics of growing a great food garden.

Workshops with me are informal, never fussy, and a whole lot of fun! If you can, take all four, and you will have all the basics needed to grow great food, organically and sustainably.

For more information, enquiries, or to book a workshop, please see here http://nittygrittygreenhouse.jimdo.com/workshops/

 Pepper seedlings ready to be transplanted
Course 1 AM - Seed starting how-to.
Provides you with the knowledge and information you need to be successful at starting and transplanting your own seeds and seedlings.
Info about seeds (hybrids, heirlooms, GMO's), the right soil to use, pots pros and cons, lighting, watering, feeding, when to plant, when to transplant, hardening off, and so much more.
Will cover everything from start to finish so that you are confident in starting all your own seeds.

Course 1- PM Seed planting and transplanting
Play in the dirt ... start some seeds and do some transplanting, too. The hands on to starting your own seeds from start to finish. Put all that new learn-ed knowledge to work.
Plus, you take home the seeds and seedlings that you planted/transplanted. A minimum $24 value in plants.

Sunday March 23 - 10:30 am to 2 pm
Includes coffee and/or juice plus a light, spring themed luncheon.

Growing great food in great organic soil!

Course 2 - AM
Soil - Testing, understanding and amending YOUR OWN organic garden soil

Bring in a soil sample from your own garden!
You will test the soil and learn how to amend so that you have a fabulously successful garden. Learn about your N-P-K, pH, and soil texture, plus how to organically amend and improve it.
Keep the remainder of the soil test kit to take home with you. Run more tests after you have made your amendments to check results, or again next year to see what to add at that time.

Plus, we will cover how to keep your soil happy and healthy organically, producing superbly year after year!

Sunday, March 16th from 10 am till 12 noon.
Coffee, tea, juice and sweet treats included.

Sunday, April 6th from 10 am till 12 noon.
Coffee, tea, juice and sweet treats included.

Tomatoes and marigolds are amazing companion plants together

Course 3 -
Companion Planting and The Organic Garden

What to plant with what so that they will thrive best, produce best and even taste best.

What to plant in your garden to bring in good bugs that eat bad bugs, plants that repel bad bugs, and plants that work as traps or lure plants.

Understanding what, how and why companion planting is integral to your organic garden.

We will also touch upon other organic gardening practise's and how to apply them.

Sunday, April 13 from 10:30 till 12 noon.
Coffee, tea, juice and sweet treats included.

The Nitty Gritty Potager
Course 4
Create a kitchen garden --- Learn how to have a productive year round food garden.

Learn how much to plant for your family, what to plant, and when to plant it in our area.

Benefits of raised beds, traditional beds, lasagna beds, no till beds.

Mulching a la Ruth Stout, water conservation, weeding, amending your soil, composting, adding manure and amendments...  

We will discuss perennial and annual vegetable growing, growing fruits, and other aspects of the blended kitchen (potager) garden.

How to bring in pollinators and good bugs, how to deal with bad bugs in an organic garden. (For more in-depth information on organic gardening practises, please attend the Companion Planting workshop)

Bring all your great questions.

Sunday, March 30th from 11am till 2 pm
Includes coffee or juice and a light, spring themed lunch.
Monday, March 31st from 11 am till 2 pm
Includes coffee or juice and a light, spring themed lunch.
Sunday, April 27th from 11am till 2pm
Includes coffee or juice and a light, spring themed lunch.

Course 5
Fall Planting Workshop - What to plant and when for a fall and winter crop of veggies.

This course will be Part Two of the Create a Kitchen Garden Workshop listed above.

Surprisingly for most of you, this course will be run during the summer as that most all of these plants are started!
Not sure if anyone will want to partake of a workshop in the middle of summer... but in reality, fall is much too late...
Please contact me at nittygrittygh@shaw.ca if you are interested in taking this course, in late June or early July! Thinking around July 6th....