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Whether you're an organic gardening newbie or an experienced gardener, The NOFA-NJ Organic Gardening Series will provide you with time-tested production information as well as opportunities to discuss specific issues about your garden. Information you can use right away to grow your own vegetables in a way that is safe for you, your family and the environment. Recommended text is the Rodale Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Please bring a sack lunch and beverage. Every second Saturday: April - Sept from 10am – 2pm. Classes will be held at Duke Farms Visitors Center. Instructors to be announced.
Prepare your garden! Organic soil health is the most important aspect of your organic garden. Learn more about how to improve your soil vigor. Also plan what varieties to plant as seeds or transplants, as well as where and when to plant in order to maximize your garden production. Also applicable for those limited to container gardening.
Fees: Cost for each session is $20.00 for NOFA members and $30.00 for nonmembers. If enrolling in all six sessions, the discounted cost is only $100.00 for NOFA members and $150.00 for nonmembers. (NOFA membership is only $40)
To Register: Please go on-line to: www.dukefarms.org and click Agriculture Programs. Class size is limited, so please register early.
May 8: Compost, Mulch, Worms, Garbage, Compost Tea and More. Nature creates compost/humus all the time without human intervention. But gardeners can step in and speed up the process to improve their soil and garden production, even if you garden on a windowsill.
June 12: Feeling the Chill? Time to start your Fall Garden! Learn what varieties of the cabbage family are best for your garden. Should you direct seed or start transplants? What sort of bed preparation is necessary and what soil acidity is best for success for your fall production? These are just some of the topics to be covered.
July 10: Managing your Weeds & Insects. Rotate your crops, purposeful germination, hoeing or pulling weeds, using vinegar sprays, boiling water, or using weeds as mulch are just a few of the approaches you can utilize to keep your weed and insect populations under control.
August 14: Seed Saving and Seed Exchange. Bring some of your own seeds to exchange with others in the session to increase the number of locally adapted heirloom varieties. Learn about timing and techniques for gathering and storing seeds over the winter.
September 11: Fall into Garlic & Season Extenders. As well as learning more about garlic, this session will help you to grow well into the winter. Using locally available eco-friendly materials, learn how to construct cold frames, crop covers and portable, mini-green houses.