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Fundamentals of Successful Organic Gardening

Learn how to develop and maintain a healthy organic soil, the key to successful organic gardening. Understand the role that microorganisms play in building soil and promoting plant health. Discover how to employ composting, mulching and cover crops to build soil productivity, increase microbial activity and provide timely release of plant nutrients. Gain an understanding about what vegetable varieties work best in an organic garden and how to plant, cultivate, support and manage their harvest as well as the basic principles of integrated pest management. Instructor: Royer Held.
Fee: $15
Ages: 18-Adult
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Tomatoes and Chilis in the Organic Garden

Secrets to growing healthy and productive tomato and pepper plants will be revealed in this class. Pruning, pinching, mulching and the use of proper vine support will be presented. Common diseases and their control will be discussed. New developments in the breeding of heirloom tomatoes and the vast array of chili varieties will be reviewed.

Instructor: Royer Held

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Fee: $15


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Growing Raspberries and Blackberries

Learn how to plant and maintain a healthy and productive bed of raspberries or blackberries. Available varieties will be presented and discussed. Understand why more canes don’t mean more fruit and what to do to improve your yields. Pest problems common to cane fruit and means to control them will be reviewed. Proper mulching, fall care, and measures required to control unwanted spread of canes will be covered. 

Instructor: Dave Strayer
Ages: 18 - Adult.
Fee: $15
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Seed Potatoes, Potato Seed and Sweet Potato Slips

Learn all about the origins of potatoes and sweet potatoes and the different ways they can be grown. Special attention will be paid to the cultivation of indigenous potato varieties from Bolivia, Peru, and Chili. While the Michigan growing season is too short for sweet potatoes to produce seed, there are many varieties that may be grown in a Michigan garden with great success. Sweet potatoes are grown from slips, which are rooting shoots that start to grow from the tuber. You can start your own slips, or purchase them from mail order nurseries. Learn how to successfully start your slips and grow them in the garden.

Instructor: Royer Held

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Fee: $15

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Pollinators and Their Flowers

Honey bees are important pollinators, but they aren’t the only ones! Not only that, but they were introduced to America from Europe. Find out about all the other pollinators that are visiting your garden and how to keep them happy and well fed. We will explore the relationship between flowers and pollinators, how it evolved and how native plants and pollinators depend on each other.

Instructor: Royer Held

Ages: 18 - Adult. 

Fee: $15

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