2010-2011 Winter Classes
When the garden has given up its bounty and is ready for a rest, BCG members share their expertise in free classes offered through the winter months.
JANUARY: The Meadows Branch Library is behind Safeway in the Meadows Shopping Center, Foothills Parkway and Baseline.
Seed Swap and Growing Seeds Indoors: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Meadows Branch Library. Bring any seeds you no longer need or want. Pick up any seeds that look worth trying. You need not bring seeds to share in this bounty but do bring a few small sacks as some seeds will be loose. At 2 p.m. Janis Kieft, who works for Botanical Interests Seeds, will hold a class about starting seeds indoors. This is a great chance to clear up any problems from the past that dampened your efforts to grow seedlings under lights.
Soil, Soil Amendments and Compost: 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Meadows Branch Library. Good gardens begin with healthy soil. Kristine Johnson, a soil scientist, will detail the facts and fallacies surrounding building gardens for vegetables and fruits. Kristine will touch on the importance of balancing nutrients, care of ongoing gardens, newest discoveries, damage that can occur to garden soil, etc. Again, this is the time to ask all the thorny questions that swirl around this subject.
FEBRUARY: The George Reynolds Branch Library is on Table Mesa Road opposite the King Soopers shopping center. The room is downstairs.
Gardening 101, Growing without chemicals: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at the George Reynolds Branch Library. What to plant when, pests you may encounter and what to do about it, avoiding pesticides/herbicides/chemical fertilizers, cultivars we recommend, solutions to water conservation, how to mitigate wind, hail damage. What has worked for us. And, alas, what has not. Mimi Yanus, Niki Hayden, Tracey Parrish.
Class Handouts (please print and bring to class)
Gardening With Native Plants/Cultivating Pollinators: 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at the George Reynolds Branch Library. Why native plants are important in any garden. How to find those that fit your soil and water conditions. Why pollinators, both domestic (honeybee) and wild (bumblebee), are important. How best to help them thrive in your garden and why they are endangered. Instructors to be announced.
MARCH: REI is located at 1789 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301, (303) 583-9970
Pollination: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at REI 28th St. Patrice Morrow. This is sponsored by the Boulder chapter of the Colorado Native Plants Society. Patrice is a member of bcg.