This five-part class is designed for intermediate to advanced vegetable gardeners looking to increase their background knowledge, refine their skills, and get new ideas and strategies for growing better vegetables. Topics covered will include crop planning, crop rotation, soil fertility, composting, seed starting, season extension, direct seeding, transplanting, weed management, pest and disease issues, water and irrigation, high tunnels, and winter gardening. The class will cover in detail specific requirements and challenges for all the main vegetable families. Included in the registration fee are the seed and materials needed to start your own vegetable starts for your garden. This class is your source for local, proven information about how to succeed at growing vegetables all year long.
This year the course is being co-taught by Anne Schwarz of Blue Heron Farm and Mike Finger of Cedarville Farm. Between the two, they have a cumulative total of over 60 years of market vegetable growing experience in the Pacific Northwest.
Part 1: Crop planning, crop rotation, soil basics and soil fertility, crop overview and timeline, growing alliums
Part 2: Seed starting, season extension, growing brassicas
Part 3: Fertility management, compost, direct sowing, growing roots
Part 4: Water and irrigation, high tunnels, weed management, growing solanums, growing cucurbits
Part 5: Planning and planting for fall and winter crops, cover crops