Gardeners workshop 

We had the opportunity this weekend to go to a local gardeners workshop put on by one of the churches in our area.  

  
I really wasn’t expecting much out of the event and as we pulled up a little late to the church I was pleasantly surprised by how many cars were in the parking lot, even more so since it was rainy and cold.  As we entered the event we snuck into the first of 4 classes of the day – there were many to choose from – Flower arranging.  While not really a gardening class it was nice to learn about form and function when putting together flowers in a vase, and I’m even thinking of moving on to larger arrangements as the summer kicks in between the greens and the flowers I have just in my own back yard.  Our instructor was a beautiful woman that wove stories into her instruction and made the whole class enjoyable not only for me (who wanted to be there) but for my husband as well (who grudgingly came after my mom backed out).

 
Next up – Strawberries, Raspberries, blueberries and berry berries: 

We learned about how to properly plant a blueberry bush, how they need slightly acidic soil to be happy and, you should water them with non-chlorinated water.  I’m not sure where you find that outside of rain water (and I don’t have that on hand yet) but that might be the reason why most of my blueberry bushes don’t produce the best fruit. I have been asked to mention here by my wonderful husband, that it was freezing while we were outside learning about various berries, he mentions 45 mile an hour howling winds and sleety rain, I do have to agree it was really cold, and thankfully the class was shortened to accommodate.

 

We moved back inside from the very cold and slightly damp to an awesome class about composting (which I forgot to take pictures of) – We’ve been having a little trouble with our compost recently and I/we realized we’re not adding enough brown components to our environment to get a good carbon/nitrogen ratio, it will really help with the composting production.  Most of the rest of the information we already knew like – don’t add anything from an animal – (fat, meat, byproduct), no plastic, no fats of any kind veggie or meat.  Turing the compost speeds the process up.  If it smells yucky you need to add more brown product (leaves, paper, dry yard clippings) your compost should not smell like rotting food.

And lastly I visited a Gardening for beginners class – while I have a few seasons under my belt, there was a pretty good Q&A section at the end and it reminded me why I love growing my own fruits and veggies. One of the best things about the day is all of the classes emailed you a copy of their materials for you to review at your leisure.

The event ended with a raffle, that I did not win anything at (typical- I am not raffle lucky) but I found a new plant I’d like to add to our garden next year.

  
All in all – for a little local event we had a really great time (even better than I expect) – I encourage you to scour your local papers and attend these kind of events -it’s a great learning experience and allows you to socialize/network with others in your community.

XOXO – Sarah

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