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Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

 

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Session 2: Planting

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $120, $110 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Extended Gardening

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

Keeping the Garden going for 3 seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of Crop Rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems, & Harvesting

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: Planting

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

Session 2: Planting

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plan, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Amazing Vegetables A to Z: The Garden Build

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands on and lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

 

Session 1: Raised Beds

Planning the best location, choosing in ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2017 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $35, $30 members

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Battling the Japanese Beetle

The Japanese beetle – found in many Front Range areas -- is moving to new communities. This unwelcome beetle is concerning home owners with serious damage to plants. Instructor Betty Cahill takes the class through the management options for the Japanese beetle during its adult and larval stages. She provides tips on how to protect your favorite plants, including a plant list that Japanese beetles prefer and mostly avoid.

Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $31, $26 member

Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $90, $80 members

Special Instruction: Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

Berries and Grapes for the Front Range

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Berries are easy fruits to grow and make luscious-eating whether fresh, frozen or preserved. New developments are increasing the types we can grow here. Come find out the types of berries that do well in our climate and soil, what varieties are recommended, where to purchase and how to manage and prune for best results. Grapes for our area are also discussed.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent

Price: $33, $28 members

Botany for Gardeners

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry.

Students will gain essential knowledge for acquiring high-level pruning skills, for designing gardens based on specific plant requirements of the Rocky Mountain region, and for understanding interactions between plants and their microenvironments.

Required Text- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, found online or in most book stores.

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

Price: $255, $213 members

Conifers for Colorado Landscapes & Gardens

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Urban tree diversity is becoming ever more critical in our local and regional landscapes which have relied on a limited tree palette. Did you know there are dozens of lesser-known yet proven species of conifers that deserve more consideration? Conifers offer year-round interest yet require little care once established. How do you choose from the wide array offered at local nurseries? This class introduces you to the diverse world of hardy conifers and reveals the secrets to their success in our local climate. From native species to exotic cultivars, we’ll discuss practical, cultural and design considerations. A morning classroom session will be followed by a walking tour and hands-on introduction to the Gardens' conifer collections. We’ll take a half hour break for lunch on your own (bring your own or eat at the Gardens’ café). Please come dressed for the weather.Landscape and nursery professionals are especially invited.

 

This class qualifies as continuing education for the Colorado Certified Nursery Professional recertification. More details here: http://coloradonga.org/certification.php

 

This class also qualifies for continuing education credits for the ISA-RMC.” (Use this link: http://www.isarmc.org/.)

 

6 reasons to take this class

1. Increase urban tree diversity: Discover a new world of hardy and resilient evergreens beyond the usual that are especially suited to our local climate.

2. Year-round interest: Add elegance, texture and structure to your fall, winter and early spring landscapes

3. Habitat enhancement: Learn new ways to provide shelter and nesting areas for songbirds and other wildlife.

4. Multi-modal learning: The classroom segment uses hands-on discovery along with stunning images, followed by a walk through the Gardens’ collections to tie together the day’s discussions.

5. Inside tips from the pros: Understand how to successfully select, plant and care for these low-maintenance plants from > 25 years professional experiences.

6. No better time: Spring is the best time to acquire and plant conifers. When this class is over, you’ll be armed with knowledge, and inspired to take your garden or landscape to new and exciting levels.

 

 

 

Instructor: Pat Hayward, former Executive Director of Plant Select and currently operating Phytologic Horticultural Services, a consulting and garden coaching business.

Price: $105, $95 members

Creating a Hobby Greenhouse

Come learn how to take your master outdoor gardening skills to the next level and extend your growing season and increase your green thumb skills. Is the next step in your horticulture experience maintaining a greenhouse? Before building or buying a greenhouse, learn the benefits and the liabilities of owning a greenhouse.

In this class participants will experience everything they ever wanted to know about building or buying a greenhouse, but were afraid to ask. The purpose of this class is to cover the true costs of owning a hobby greenhouse and let participants determine if a greenhouse is really something you really need.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master’s Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of horticulture, gardening, weed science, entomology, plant pathology and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $31, $26 members

Drip Irrigation for Home Gardeners

Drip irrigation is easy for home gardeners to purchase and install themselves. It conserves water and solves many awkward plant watering dilemmas around the home. Do you want to grow container plants but dread daily watering chores and arranging for someone to water when you are away? Sprinkler watering of vegetable and annual flower gardens can increase leaf diseases but how do you convert your garden to drip irrigation? Can you create a drip irrigation setup using an outdoor faucet? Answers to these questions and more will be found in this class presented by garden expert and retired CSU Extension Agent, Carl Wilson.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson

Price: $20, $15 member

Extending the Garden Season in Colorado

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This class will help you to develop your skills in succession planting and extending the growing season to get 11-12 months from your vegetable garden. Learn the importance of plant family names and how to group them successfully and rotate them, cool and warm season crops and when and if you can replant for another season of certain crops. We will also cover techniques and materials to extend the season successfully so you can plant early in spring and keep certain crops going until late fall and into winter.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $44, $39 members

 

Fearless Shrub Pruning

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Learn how to prune both deciduous and evergreen shrubs for long term plant health and appearance in this class. Various types of pruning and the situations where they are appropriate will be illustrated. An emphasis will be placed on flowering shrubs and how to prune them for best bloom. For people with overgrown shrubs, rejuvenation pruning to reduce size and reinvigorate growth will be of interest.

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.

Price: $33, $28 members

 

 

 

Growing Food in the High Mountains

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

You can grow food in the mountains! Cord and Penn Parmenter are determined to say ‘yes’ to mountain gardeners. Wind, hail, deer, bears, extreme temperatures -- they’ve heard it all. The Parmenters have been growing organic food at 8,120 ft. elevation since 1992 and their techniques and experiences apply to all of Colorado’s elevations and hardships. The mountains have a long history of providing a large amount of food for the state. This class covers many great foods that thrive in the mountains’ cool weather, wind proof season extenders, hail covers, raised bed preparation, compost options against bears, crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, vegetables for the shade, mulching, seed saving and more. Altitude doesn’t matter; this class is designed to help all gardeners overcome the wild, wild, west. The Parmenters also touch on their successful, totally sustainable water-storage solar greenhouses and vegetable seed starting using recycled materials.

Can’t you just taste those fresh, mountain grown succulent greens, beans, squash, bok choi, and yes, even tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins!

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

Price: $59, $52 members

Home Fruit Trees for the Front Range

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Fruit trees produce delicious fruit for eating fresh, canned, dried or frozen. While you may have space for a standard or semi-dwarf fruit tree, dwarf trees grown as cordons or espaliers will comfortably fit even the smallest garden. Fruit trees also make attractive landscape trees with the bonus of edible fruit. Come find out the types of fruit trees that do well in our climate, what varieties are recommended, and how to plant, prune and manage for best results.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.

Price: $33, $28 members

 

 

Mountain Tomatoes

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

We all know the tomato is the gate-way drug to gardening, the Holy Grail of the mountains is to grow a red tomato. Technically, the mountains and tomatoes don’t get along and this class explains why.

In 1991, Penn Parmenter was told she could not grow tomatoes in the mountains. Today, she is working with around 200 varieties of tomatoes at 8,120 ft. elevation in the Wet Mountains. Learn about tomato varieties from around the world, especially those grown in high, cold places. Learn how to find and adapt seed, create night-time protection, prepare soil, fight disease and enjoy the fruits of your labor. The world of tomato seed swapping is also explored.

Penn comes armed with high-altitude tomato seeds, plants, demos and tips for reaching success with the tomato. Join the addiction! No more green tomatoes! (Unless it's Green Zebra, or Green Doctors or Evergreen).

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter are high altitude food growers. They live in the Wet Mountains in South Central Colorado and they apply a multitude of techniques to overcome the challenges of the high country. Their totally sustainable greenhouse provides food year round for them and their three boys.

Price: $32, $28 members

Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Penn and Cord Parmenter have been growing food in their passive solar sustainable greenhouse for 12 years. Their expertise is shared in this class to help take some of the mystery out of something that should be easy and yet can seem so hard. Matching appropriate plants to the microclimates within the greenhouse is crucial. Often the plants are the best teachers in the greenhouse and together participants learn how to work within the unique greenhouse eco-system.

Favorite foods, herbs and flowers are discussed as well as forcing plants for seed production, over wintering potted plants and succession planting for a year round harvest.

The Parmenters share tips for keeping the greenhouse organically under control from bugs and disease. Preventative methods and what to do when an outbreak strikes are discussed.

Penn and Cord lead busy lives with three kids and a business and yet they manage to grow food year round in their greenhouses. When life gets in the way and you’re thinking of turning your greenhouse into a shed, don’t despair because there are answers for successful greenhouse growing.

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

Price: $31, $26 members

See also "Sustainable Greenhouse Design" - offered on the same weekend!

Rocky Mountain Horticulture I: Gardening Principles

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class details all the specifics necessary to grow plants successfully in the Rocky Mountain region. Soil preparation, plant choice and location, planting techniques and year-round maintenance specific to Colorado will be covered. We'll review plant growth, fertilizers, microclimates and more.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master’s Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $161, $135 members

Special Instructions: All students are requested to bring graph paper and pencils to the first class

Photo courtesy of: Soil Science (flickr)

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II is an introduction to general information on plant management. Each of these four classes will present an overview by an expert from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service. Topics include the identification and control of lawn and garden weeds, diseases and insects, and integrated pest management.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master's Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $161, $135 members

Special instructions: Instructor will provide material and specimens for the participants to examine during this 4 session course.  The class is also encouraged to bring in specimens that can be used for class diagnostics. 

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