Keep Your Garden Going in Winter…

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Growing Winter Vegetables in Containers

Want to continue gardening in the winter, but not sure how?

On Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 12PM to 1PM, join Master Gardener, Terri Lippert, who will inspire you to grow your own vegetables even with limited space. This class will include tips for making inexpensive self-watering containers, which you can fill with your own potting soil mixture.

Get ideas for what to plant in the fall and winter months and learn how to locate and manage your containers for best result.

Sign up for this class and get gardening in time for a winter harvest.

What? Eat your flowers?

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Do you only have room for a vegetable garden? Join presenter Holly Sauer, Master Gardener, on Saturday, August 11 from 11:30AM to 12PM at the Lafayette Community Garden to learn how to grow and prepare edible flowers with your veggies.

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Holly Sauer, Master Gardener

Also included in the presentation:

  • Edible flowers available year-round in sun and shade
  • Safety tips for selecting and preparing edible flowers
  • Growing tips for healthy, beautiful flowers.

Every time is the right time to grow and enjoy edible flowers.

Sign up today to learn how you can incorporate flowers in your gardening and kitchen escapades.

 

August 26: Join Us for Botanical Journaling & Garden Potluck

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Botanical Journaling with John Muir Laws

Sunday, August 26 | 10AM to 2PM

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Gifted naturalist John Muir Laws (and other seasoned artists) will be coming to the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center on Sunday, August 26 to share his approach to drawing vegetables. Join us to observe their craft and experience what it takes to set up your own journaling kit, how to sketch “in the field” and learn the foundational strategy to draw any subject.

Sign up today and bring with you a sketchbook, your favorite drawing pencils and something delicious to share at the Potluck lunch.

Why Garden with Kids

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Top 5 reasons to garden with kids:

  1. Gardening inspires healthy eating. Children are more likely to try fruits and vegetables that they have planted, nurtured and harvested.
  2. Gardening affects the brain. Kids learn from working in the garden. They tend to be more inquisitive and will ask questions about how sun and water can cause a plant to grow out of a tiny seed. Add to this some math—counting, measuring—and experimentation. And think of all those brain-boosting vitamins and minerals in the food they eat.
  3. Gardening provides much needed physical activity. The recommended amount of exercise for children is 90 minutes. Gardening provides plenty of physical activity, such as digging in dirt, carrying a watering can and pulling around a wagon full of soil.
  4. Gardening improves mood. There is something satisfying about digging in dirt. The microbes found in dirt can make you happier and more relaxed. Maybe that is why kids gravitate toward gardening tools.
  5. Gardening promotes patience and self-esteem. Think of how proud a child would be to harvest a carrot he or she tended to over weeks. And instead of immediate gratification, this child would have learned that patience bears the best fruit.

If you are interested in learning more about gardening with young children, register and join us at the garden for a free class, Introducing Young Children to the Garden, on Saturday, June 23 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

 

Countdown to the 2018 Season

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We’re excited! It’s been 10 years in the making of the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center. In 2008, a group 19 members of the community embarked on a quest to bring a learning garden to the City of Lafayette. Three years later, in 2011, was a groundbreaking moment: EBMUD and the City offered the community a home for what is now the Lafayette Community Garden & Outdoor Learning Center.

On Saturday, March 10, the gates open for our seventh working season. We’ll be open Tuesdays from 4:00 to 7:00PM, Thursdays from9:00AM to 12:00PM and Saturdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Remember, all community members are always welcome to visit.

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Photo courtesy of Jen Frase, Nicole Paulsen Photography © 2017