Back In the Garden Already?

Kathy teaches transplants. Photo: Oregon Tilth.

You might be thinking that it’s too early to planning for next year’s harvest, but Oregon Tilth is already booking out their gardening classes for 2010! Each year, Oregon Tilth hosts a broad lineup of courses for beginning and advanced gardeners alike. Their workshops cover subjects including year-round gardening, intensive urban agriculture, container gardening, garden planning, and fruit tending. A (lengthy) list of their just-announced classes follows the jump. Take a look and get a head start on sowing your crops!

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Toolshed Series: Plan, Sow, Plant!

Bulk up your gardening toolkit with this practical 3-class series that will show you how to successfully plan, sow, and plant your garden. Discover simple techniques for getting your garden started and increase your urban bounty this season! For beginning and intermediate gardeners.

Plan Your Garden
Tilth Toolshed Series: Class 1
Wednesday February 3
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your vegetable garden.  What will you grow?  How much should you plant?  Which varieties will perform best?  Attend this class to learn practical planning techniques for selecting seeds, optimizing space, increasing harvests, and rotating crops.  Maximize your bounty by applying new space-saving strategies in your home garden.  Participants receive free seeds and a “Tilth Garden Planning Packet” full of useful planning tools and worksheets that can be used at home!

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Plan Your Garden
Tilth Toolshed Series: Class 1, Plan!
Wednesday February 24, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your vegetable garden.  What will you grow?  How much should you plant?  What varieties will perform best?  Attend this class to learn practical planning techniques for selecting seeds, optimizing space, increasing harvests, and rotating crops.  Maximize your bounty by applying new space-saving strategies in your home garden.  Participants receive free seeds and a “Tilth Garden Planning Packet” full of useful planning tools and worksheets that can be used at home!

Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, OR
$35/ $31 residents/Tilth members
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Sow Your Seeds
Tilth Toolshed Series: Class 2
Wednesday March 3, 2010
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Growing vegetable crops from seed is incredibly fun and rewarding, and allows you to grow the healthiest plants from seed to harvest.  Save money on transplants this spring by learning how to tend your own seedlings.  Increase seed germination with row covers and other simple techniques, and gather useful tips for soil mixes, heat and light requirements, transplanting, fertilizing, and watering.  Join us for this fun hands-on class and let’s get those seeds started!  Participants will take home newly sown seeds just in time for the spring garden.

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Sow Your Seeds
Tilth Toolshed Series: Class 2, Sow!
Wednesday March 24, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Growing vegetable crops from seed is incredibly fun and rewarding, and allows you to grow the healthiest plants from seed all the way up ‘til harvest.  Save money on transplants this spring by learning how to tend your own seedlings.  Extend the growing season with row covers and other simple techniques, and gather useful tips for soil mixes, heat and light requirements, transplanting, fertilizing, and watering.  Join us for this fun hands-on class and let’s get those seeds started!  Participants will take home newly sown seeds just in time for the spring garden.

Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, OR
$35/ $31 residents/Tilth members
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Plant Your Garden
Tilth Toolshed Series: Class 3
Wednesday April 7
6:30 – 8:30pm

Spring is here and it’s time to prepare the soil and plant all your favorite vegetables!  Attend this hands-on class and learn how to build your soil organically for optimal production.  Learn which amendments and fertilizers will help you grow vibrant and nutritious crops.  The class covers seed sowing, thinning, transplanting, and season extension techniques with an emphasis on space saving strategies for urban gardeners.  Join us for this fun class and take home plant starts to grow in your own garden!

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Plant Your Garden
Tilth Toolshed Series: Class 3, Plant!
Wednesday April 28, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Spring is here and it’s time to prepare the soil and plant all your favorite vegetables!  Attend this hands-on class and learn how to build your soil organically for optimal production.  Learn what amendments and fertilizers will help you grow vibrant and nutritious crops.  Seed sowing, thinning, transplanting, and season extension techniques will be covered, highlighting space saving strategies for urban gardeners.  Join us for this fun class and take home plant starts to grow in your own garden!

Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, OR
$35/ $31 residents/Tilth members
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Comprehensive Organic Gardener Program

This program runs from March 4 – March 25 and takes place Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30pm and Saturdays 10-3pm.

In partnership with Seattle Tilth, Oregon Tilth offers a multi-session program in organic vegetable gardening. The curriculum merges scientific and functional approaches, while emphasizing hands-on practice. This unique and popular course is designed to give the beginning gardener an introduction into the dynamic world of organic gardening and an opportunity to get their hands dirty in the process! Students can expect to learn all of the basic concepts involved in organic food gardening including building healthy soil, garden planning and crop rotation, planting techniques, season extension and other methods for gardening year round, organic pest and disease control, water conservation and seed saving.  By the end of class participants should be ready to install and plant a veggie garden!

Luscher Farm in Lake Oswego, OR
$260 or $234 for residents and Tilth members
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Four-Season Vegetable Gardening Series

If you’re a Portland gardener looking for new tips and techniques to help you to grow more food year round, this 3-class series on four-season vegetable gardening is for you!  The series will prepare you for a year round harvest of all your favorite vegetables including, fresh greens, summer fruits, and storage crops.  Elevate your gardening knowledge and become an expert four-season grower!
A class series for intermediate and advanced gardeners

Garden Fresh Greens Year Round
Four-Season Vegetable Gardening Series: Class 1
Wednesday, Feb 10
6:30-8:30pm

With a little planning and some added frost protection, it’s very easy to grow a wide variety of fresh greens year round.  Join us for this fun class and learn how to grow your own salad and stir fry mixes, and discover new varieties of tasty hardy greens.  Crop timing, season extension, organic pest and disease management, and soil fertility will also be covered.  Attend this class and take home a salad mix to get greens growing in your garden!

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Bountiful Summer Fruits from Seed
Four-Season Vegetable Gardening Series: Class 2
Wednesday, Feb 17
6:30-8:30pm

If you enjoy eating homegrown tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant you’ll want to attend this class.  Learn practical techniques for indoor seed propagation so you can grow all your favorite summer fruits from seed to harvest.  Pruning and vertical gardening for vining crops will also be covered to help you grow more in limited space.  Discover methods for extending your growing season and encouraging an earlier and more productive harvest for heat-loving crops.  Participants will take home newly sown tomatoes and peppers!

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Growing Roots and Other Storage Crops
Four-Season Vegetable Gardening Series: Class 3
Wednesday, March 10
6:30-8:30pm

Storage crops are the key to eating fresh all winter long.  These robust vegetables include potatoes, carrots, beets, winter squash, onions, and more!  Attend this class and hone your garden skills in timing, plant care, and watering for maximized yield and storability of these nutritious vegetables.  Get the information you need to know about crop rotation, soil fertility management, and season extension tools to enjoy the benefits of your garden year-round.  Join us and take home seeds of your favorite storage crop varieties!

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Urban Gardener Series

If you’re an urban dweller looking for new ways to increase your garden yields and grow more food in a limited space, this 3-class series is for you! Learn space saving strategies for urban gardens, including intensive techniques, container gardening, and year round growing methods. For beginning and intermediate gardeners.

Intensive Vegetable Gardening
Urban Gardener Series: Class 1
Wednesday May 5
6:30-8:30 pm

The goal of intensive gardening is to harvest the most produce possible from a given space. Learn how to grow more in a small space in this practical class for the urban agriculturalist.  Discover simple ways to maximize your garden through soil prep, succession sowing, companion planting, and vertical gardening methods. Attend this hands-on class and take home some newly sown seeds for your garden.

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Container Vegetable Gardening
Urban Gardener Series: Class 2
Wednesday May 19
6:30-8:30 pm

Learn how to grow bountiful vegetables in containers. Whether you want to grow salad greens, culinary herbs, or summer fruits, this class will show you how to start and maintain your own edible container garden. Topics include soil mixes, fertilizers, watering, and selecting varieties that perform best in containers. Attend this hands-on class and take home vegetable seedlings to begin your own container garden.

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org

Year Round Vegetable Gardening
Urban Gardener Series: Class 3
Wednesday June 2
6:30-8:30 pm

Do you like the idea of plucking fresh salad greens, tender broccoli shoots and delicious root vegetables from your garden all winter long? If so, this is the best time to prepare your soil and begin planting. Explore season extension techniques, from cloches to cold frames, enabling you to extend the garden season beyond the fall and into next spring. Attend this class to learn how easy “off-season” gardening can be and take home some newly sown fall and winter crops for your garden.

Faubion Middle School, 3039 NE Portland Boulevard
$35 each or as a three-class series for $90
For more information visit www.tilth.org


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