Greentree Naturals hosts organic gardening workshops

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Greentree Naturals organic gardening workshops are back.

“If you already garden or are considering starting a garden, it makes sense to do it organically, without the use of synthetic fertilizers, toxic pesticides and herbicides,” said Diane Green of Greentree Naturals in announcing the return of the workshops after two year-long breaks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Organic gardening is about growing food in a sustainable, environmentally responsible and nutrient-rich way.”

Growing food organically not only maximizes the health benefits of raising and eating homegrown food, but also enriches your garden soil, Green said.

However, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the vast amount of gardening information available. To help, the farm offers a comprehensive set of organic gardening workshops for both novice and experienced gardeners to improve their skills throughout.

These workshops are designed as a practical, foundational introduction to the principles of successful organic gardening, Green said.

“We strive to provide you with the information and experience to grow a successful garden in North Idaho,” said Green, who has taught the On-Farm workshops since 1996 and is a University of Idaho Certified Farmer Mentor/Instructor Cultivating Success Small Farms is the program

The workshops take place on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are coordinated with what is happening in the gardens. Sessions will cover all aspects of organic production and management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony in a rural farm and garden environment. Class size is limited and will be kept small to ensure individual attention and to comply with COVID safe distancing protocols. Fees include materials and supplies needed.

Interested parties can choose a workshop or pay in advance and register for the entire series of seven workshops. Individual workshops are $35 per person, while the entire series is $245 (a 7% discount). These workshops take place outdoors on a covered patio overlooking our gardens, with a portion of each session spent outdoors, rain or shine. Please be prepared for bad weather. Participants must register for the workshops in advance.

The workshops include:

April 23 – Start of sowing

This workshop is for gardeners who want to grow their own seedlings at home or in a greenhouse to use as transplants in spring. You’ll learn about equipment, indoor seed-start containers, soil and seed-start mixes, grow lights, and more. The workshop takes place in the greenhouse.

May 7th – Plan your organic garden

It’s important to think your garden project through before you buy seeds or plants. What to plant How much should you plant? And where?

May 21 – Organic Fertilization

Fertile soil is the first step to increasing yields. When it comes to adding nutrients, there are many organic options.

June 11 – Natural weed control

In any organic garden or farm, especially on newly cultivated land, weed control is likely to take up a good deal of gardeners’ time. The workshop will look at using different types of organic mulch and weed control strategies to control unwanted plants.

June 25 – Natural Pest Control

The workshop offers tips on how to identify what is “annoying” your garden and what you can do about pest control with informed choices and sustainable approaches to pest management.

July 16 – Harvesting the bounty

Learn how to harvest all the vegetables in your garden and learn how to achieve optimal yields for vegetables, herbs and cut flowers, as well as best practices for post-harvest handling.

July 30 – seed saving

Start saving your own vegetable, herb and flower seeds and save money, customize plants to suit your garden’s conditions and have seeds to share with friends and family.

Information: Diane Green, [email protected] or 208-263-8957

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