Grow Your Own Produce Series
In this nine-part series, you will learn what to do in your garden, month by month, to successfully grow your own produce. We will walk through the season together. From small container gardens, to larger backyards, we will do everything from planning and mapping a garden, to harvesting and preserving vegetables. Specific to your own space, problems, and our climate zone, this class is catered to you and the group of beginning gardeners who will join you in learning how to grow your own produce.
February 9th: Planning, Designing and Framework for our Climate Zone
Our first session will focus on planning the garden. With a focus on companion planting and permaculture design principles that maximize yields and utilize space efficiently, we will learn about our climate zone and what defines our growing season. You will be determining what you want to grow and mapping it out for your space. There will be seed catalogues available for inspiration and instruction as well as a sneak peek into MAPs annual Seedling Sale.
March 9th: Seed Starting, Early Plantings and Planting Calendars
We start the bulk of our seeds throughout March, so this session will focus on just that. We will cover how to start seeds indoors, and what varieties can be started outside now. We will work on a planting calendar to keep up with and use as reference throughout the next couple of months
April 13th: Site Preparations; Soil testing, Soil Building and Spring Greens
Getting your garden ready for plants is so important. The soil that we have can make or break success in our gardens. This month we will discuss ways to insure the health of our soil. We will complete a basic soil test, and look at remedies and strategies to get it ready for our first plantings. Special Compost Guru, Sashti will be here to talk about ways top compost at home. Please bring a small soil sample for testing. This month we will also have seedlings available for pre-order.
May 11th: Transplanting Tips, Pollinators and Native Plants in Your Garden
A lot of fun work happens in May. We can finally plant most everything out into our gardens. This month we will talk about successful transplanting, and how to increase yields (and aesthetics) by attracting pollinators into our gardens.
June 8th: Maintenance, Harvest and Succession Planting
Our gardens should be up and running by June, but that doesnt mean that our work is done. Now is the time to build trellises for certain plants. We can also begin harvesting. We will look at ways to optimize our spaces and what seeds we can start now to ensure continual harvest. We will evaluate our plans and calendars to update them accordingly.
August 10th: Seed Saving and Fall/Winter Gardening
Now is the time to start saving seeds and thinking of cooler weather coming in. We will cover the basics of seed saving, and get a chance to practice on site. We will also look at what can get into the ground now for the winter and even spring.
September 14th: Recipe Share and Harvest Celebration
This month there should be a bounty of food coming out of your garden. Bring a dish to share and we will exchange our favorite recipes. We will also discuss ways to put up our harvest including canning, dehydrating, fermenting and freezing. We will look at whats left to go into our gardens.
October 12th: Garlic, Cover Crops and Putting Your Garden to Bed
It is yet another time of change in our gardens. Everything is turning inward, preparing to the rest that winter allows. October is also the month that we plant garlic for harvest in July next year. We will discuss what varieties of garlic are best grown in our climate zone, and even have some of MAPs garlic for sale. We will also discuss the process of putting your garden to rest for the winter in order to sustain and build on its vitality including cover crops and mulches that work on your soil all winter.
November 2nd: Crop Rotation and Next Years Garden
At MAP we use a four year crop rotation plan. This month is a great time to look at rotation possibilities and plan what you will plant in your garden next spring. It is our final class, and so will also do some evaluation of the program.
Massachusetts Avenue Project (View)
387 Massachusetts Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213
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