Thursday, April 16, 2009
For many of us, learning how to garden is a mix of grandparent-parent experience and practical know-how. Throw in a lot of passion and interest combined with a voracious read through the library and magazines, and you have it.
But if you have neither, or if you really want some expert hands-on experience combined with education, there’s a new program from a well-respected organization, Oregon Tilth, offering classes on organic vegetable gardening.
Now I’m a gardener of both ornamentals (hello, flowers!) and veggies, but I know a lot of you are hardcore into the vegetable growing this year, and there’s a ton of information out there telling you to do this and not to do this. I know that whatever Oregon Tilth is going to teach you is going to be valuable and practical. For a few Thursdays and Saturdays now through mid May, it should be a really great course to learn a lot, meet some other folks just like you, and set a great foundation for growing your food.
Check out the class info and site here. Bonus: You get the NW Maritime Garden Guide as part of your materials. This guide is super helpful in understanding our freeze dates, planting dates, all specific to the Pacific Northwest. Which, by the way, I can't stress enough about knowing: if you're reading guides that are general or are written from a Texas perspective and you live in Oregon, you're going to run into problems. Seriously, I can't say enough about Oregon Tilth. This is the organization that actually set the structure for the National Organic Program: good peeps.
As for that photo above? Those were my grandparents. Joe, the farmer, and Leola the spitfire. They grew zinnias the way Joe grew his wheat crops: massive. I love and miss them. Pass on your gardening knowledge!