Gardening Tips

SRO Outdoor Learning Season Opener

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Dudley Braun

The 2015 Outdoor Learning Programming kicked off the year on Sunday with more than 50 members and visitors.  The opening program from our own Dudley Braun offered the basics in constructing raised beds from Redwood.  The follow on program from perennial favorite, Lori Caldwell, offered tips on getting your garden ready for planting.  If you would like to attend one of our Outdoor Learning Events, check out the “Events List” just to the right of this post and check back often for new listings.

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Garden Reopens with Two New Classes on March 15th

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It has been a wonderful break, but we’re all itching for the Lafayette Community Garden to reopen. Members will be kicking off the season on Saturday, March 14, 2015 and the garden gates will swing wide open on Sunday, March 15, 2015  to welcome the community to two new and exciting classes:

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Building of the first beds in 2012

From 1:00 – 1:30PM, joinDudley Braun and the Construction Team from the Community Garden for our first class of the season: BUILDING RAISED BEDS.Dudley and crew have had three years of practice and have now perfected the art of building raised beds. They will show you what they have learned and send you home with a simple handout so you can build one of your own.

Following this informative session, you can then get your garden ready for a new season of growing at Prepping Your Edible Garden For Spring from 1:30PM to 3:00PM. Bay Friendly Landscape Professional, Master Composter and Garden Educator Lori Caldwell will teach you the basics of preparing a productive, healthy vegetable garden. Topics will include: healthy soil building, seeds versus starts, crop rotation, transitioning from a fall garden or starting from scratch, plant choice by season and non-toxic pest control. This is a great class for beginning and intermediate gardeners.

Sign up for these classes and put it on your calendar!

Ssshhh…Our Secret Garden II begins Monday, June 30

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Hey kids! The Lafayette Community Garden will be hosting its second Our Secret Garden series.

Beginning June 30, Eli Chan will offer children a chance to get personal about ecology. On Monday and Thursday mornings from 9am to 10am, kids (and their caregivers) will head outside and connect with nature through stories, physical activity and garden-related crafts. They will be armed with the tools to make good food and lifestyle choices. Caregivers will learn how to nurture our next generation to be enthusiastic about their bodies, the environment and our community.

Together, we will become caring human beings who are part of an interconnected natural world. Join us in the garden and get ready to dig deeper than before!

Sign up now to become a first-class community leader.

Workshop Alert for Saturday, June 21: Small Enchanted Worlds

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Come to the Lafayette Community Garden to learn how you can add a little whimsy to your yard at our SMALL ENCHANTED WORLDS: DRAGON, GNOME AND FAIRY GARDENS workshop. On June 21 from 2:00 to 5:00pm, artist Suja Pritchard will guide you in making an “enchanted world” container garden for visiting dragons, gnomes, and fairies, with a house, path and fence!

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Saturday, June 7: Composting 101

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Ever wondered how you could improve your soil? If you have, you can learn how to cook up a batch of homemade compost on your own.

On June 7  from 1:00 to 2:30PM, Contra Costa County Waste Authority presents Composting 101 at the Lafayette Community Garden.

Linda Mizes returns to the garden to share her expertise on home composting. Learn how easy it is to enrich your soil and reduce your waste while letting nature do the work. You’ll leave with all the information you need to start a simple home composting system, as well as how to use the compost in your garden. Methods of simple vermiculture (worm composting) will also be covered and you’ll learn ways to use worm castings and tea.

This workshop is FREE to adults (ages 18 and older/families welcome), but reservation is required! For questions or to register by phone, call (925) 906-1801 x306. To register online, visit www.wastediversion.org.

Take Time for Afternoon Tea on Saturday, April 26

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Join Hollie Lucas-Alcalay of Hollie’s Homegrown at the Lafayette Community Garden on April 26 for an afternoon of tea. The owner of Hollie’s Homegrown in Moraga has made her own herb farm into a thriving business and will share with us her expertise and passion for herbs. From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, you, too, can learn how to grow, harvest, store and make teas using what is growing in your own garden.

garden3 Flyer Version (3)Sample and savor herbal teas made from local herbs and take home a sampling 4-pack of seedlings to help you get started.

Growing Herbs For Teas is a special fundraising event and $40 donation/materials fee is requested. So, gather your friends, dress up or down, but, most of all, come and enjoy tea (and biscuits) fresh from the Lafayette Community Garden.

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Vermicomposting?

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Vermicomposting (Worms!) & Bin Building Workshop
Saturday, April 5th, 10-12pm
Heather Farm Community Center, Walnut Creek
Instructor: Linda Mizes
Registration Form must be submitted by March 28th: http://www.wastediversion.org/app_pages/view/1723
$20.00 Registration Fee
20 household max capacity
CCCSWA Residents Only: Walnut Creek, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo.