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 8- 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 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Drop-ins are welcome for any date; you DO NOT need to take the entire series.
CLASS SESSION TOPICS:
February 4th: Perma-What? The What, Why, When, Where & Who (You!) of Permaculture. Redefine your definition and expectation of a garden and how little effort is needed to work with nature for bountiful yields. Particpants will be able to: explain what Permaculture is, understand why it addresses climate change, define your ideal garden, and begin gathering information to design your space.
February: 11th Garden Design: Components and Connections. Learn what you must consider for successful garden design and implementation. Participants will be able to: create a garden map, identify important components of your property, understand how elements affect each other, begin thinking about placement, and identify essential elements. Content includes what to consider on maps, analysis of elements (plants, animals, structures), and sector planning (zones, orientation, sectors/energies, slope).
February 18th: Saving Private Soil: The Garden's Most Critical Soldier. The quality of soil makes or breaks any garden. Anyone can improve their soil with just a little time and effort - and it doesn't have to cost a dime. Plus, the healthier your soil, the more you save in amendments, your garden blossoms and you spend less time weeding and wondering why your garden isn't thriving. Participants will be able to: indentify 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); know how to compost and vermicompost; and understand the importance of organic matter in soil (hint: more is better!).
February 25th: Water: Slow it, Sink it, Spread it, Save it. We don’t have a water quantity issue; we have a water containment issue. Whether in El Niño or drought, learning how to capture and use water can transform your garden. Participants will be able to: identify most relevant water capture system(s) for your 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 your circumstances.
March 4th: Trees, Guilds & Food Forests. Whether pots on a balcony or a big back 40, learn how to choose and place plants so that they help each other grow for increased yield, soil health and less work for the gardener. Participants will be able to: identify 7 levels of a food forest (even on a balcony or small patio!); 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; and where to find additional information.
March 11th: To Seed or to Seedling. Learn what is most cost-and-time-effective to know when growing from seed, versus buying from a nursery, and what to know when working with seed packets or 6-packs of seedlings. Plant some seeds for your own garden. (Materials fee may apply.) Participants will be able to: read a seed packet, know where to find crucial growing information, set up recordkeeping, and distinguish which nursery plants are best for them to take home. Know which type of growing medium to use and when and how to make your own. Learn tips for successful seed germination.
March 18th: Herb Spirals, Keyhole and Mandala Beds: Intersecting Beauty and Growing Efficiency. Identify what structures work best for your time and topography for most efficient gardening. Participants will be able to: build an herb spiral, keyhole bed, and mandala garden or place plant containers for optimum yield and garden health.
March 25th: Bringing it Home: Class Presentations & Taking Permaculture Out into the Community (beyond the garden). Permaculture in the garden is just the start – the principles apply in all areas of our urban lifestyle. Review/overview of prior class concepts. Series participants present their plans (optional). Participants will be able to: Explore their overall lifestyle using permaculture principles to potentially lower their overall carbon and energy footprint; locate resources for further learning and implementation.