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Organic Gardening All Year Round (Course)


Saturday, May 10, 2008

9:30am to 4pm


Course Details Gardeners in the mild climate of the West Coast can enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit all year around. Learn how to grow a healthy, bountiful supply of food in your own backyard, with all of the benefits to your health and to the environment. We will cover compost and soil preparation; mulching and watering; starting seeds and transplanting, intensive planting and inter-planting; and crops you can grow in planters and pots. Participants will learn how to choose varieties for the longest harvest, when to plant, how to cure storage crops and simple methods for protecting winter crops during cold snaps. Also covered will be organic methods for preventing and controlling pests, diseases and weeds and attracting beneficial insects. The emphasis throughout will be on simple ways to grow the greatest amount of delicious, organic food in a small garden – for the least amount of work. A copy of her book “Year-Around Harvest: Winter Gardening on the Coast” will be given to each course participant.  

Instructor Linda Gilkeson earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from McGill University. She spent 5 years as the research director of a company rearing beneficial insects, a decade working on pesticide reduction programs for the provincial government, and served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC and the Entomological Society of BC. In 2003, she received the Queen's Jubilee medal for her service to the community and in 2005 received an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC. Linda has written pest management training manuals, organic gardening books and numerous magazine articles. Her most recent books are “Year Around Harvest: Winter Gardening on the Coast” and “West Coast Gardening: Natural Insect, Weed and Disease Control”. Currently, she teaches Master Gardener programs in the province, and gives various workshops and public talks on gardening and pest management.  

Location At the Botanical Garden Pavilion, near the Food Garden. (Directions to the Botanical Garden)  

Class Size 30 people maximum  

Cost (General) $55.00  

Cost (Garden Members) $50.00  

Please Note Advance registration required.