Winter Gardening SeriesEnvironmental education at NHS New Haven
Are you or a loved one a gardener who gets cabin-fever in the wintertime? Each year we offer a series of organic vegetable gardening classes to help get you ready for gardening season. The instructor is Advanced Certified Master Gardener Rachel Ziesk. You can register for the courses individually, but you get a discount if you sign up for all six at once.
past classes include:
Soils and Composting
The most important component for a successful garden is soil health. Learn how to make and keep your soil healthy for the most productive garden. Class also covers making your own compost, the best addition to your soil you can make.
Garden Planning & Season Extenders
By planning ahead, you can ensure a continued supply of organic vegetables and fruits all season long. Learn how to use season extenders – row covers, organic mulch, cold frames and more – to plant early and keep harvesting late, increasing the yield of what you plant.
Cool Weather Crops
Learn about starting your garden as soon as the soil thaws, even in the middle of March! Cool weather crops don’t mind the cold, so you can get a jump on the season; planting early means harvesting earlier. This class covers how and when to plant cool weather crops and managed their pests and diseases.
Warm Weather Crops
Everything you need to know about warm weather crops: how to make the best of our growing season, which crops are best started indoors, which can be directly seeding into the ground, what conditions and fertilizers each crop prefers, and how to organically fight the pests and diseases that harm them.
Start your own seedlings! This class teaches how and when to start seedlings indoors. Learn about watering, using lights, and dealing with common seed starting problems. The class also covers which crops can be planted directly outdoors, and when, including those that can be planted in fall for a crop next year. Everyone attending will plant a six-pack of seedlings to take home.
Weeds: the Good, the Bad, and the Tasty
There are so many weeds! Some are actually native wildflowers benefiting your vegetable garden by attracting native pollinators. Some are invasive horrors with plans to take over your garden. And some are edible, delicious little morsels that can be harvested and enjoyed.