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Composting and Soil Health *NEW*
What is really going on inside your garden’s dirt and compost pile? Take a look at its condition, the foundation of your garden. You will learn how to take a soil test and analyze it. You will review organically-approved materials that you can use to improve your soil, based on its current state. Some plants, called cover crops, can also be grown to improve your soil, and you will also discuss best garden practices, like crop rotation, to care for the long-term health of our soil. For those who struggle with a compost pile or are too intimidated to start one, you will consider the wide range
of composting options so everyone can recycle their food “waste” into “black gold.” Instructor Christian Melendez is a former teacher and knowledgeable about all things involving gardens and soil.
Tuition: $40** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu May 10 6:30PM-8:30PM Wilde Lake High School XE-329 6142 #8806
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Container Gardening *NEW*
The art of container gardening is full of possibilities from ornamental to edible, or even a mix of the two. Let Christian Melendez instruct you on the best practices and combinations to realize your vision for your space. Study floral arrangements, vegetable and fruit growing plants and spend some time examining and discussing container types, especially those that are self-watering, solving every gardener’s dilemma.
Tuition: $45** (fee based, no waivers)
Tue Apr 24 6:30PM-8:30PM Wilde Lake High School XE-343 6147 #8807
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Garden Irrigation and Weeds: Strategies And Tools
Water and weeds are two topics that can make or break a garden. Water is essential, but too much or too little can damage your crops. Weeds can tell you a lot about your garden, and can also out-compete your crops. In this class, you will observe and analyze trends of water and weeds in the garden and use this information to strategize for a successful gardening season. You will review the range of techniques growers can use to ensure a well-watered and weed-free garden. Also, you will look at specific tools that you can use to irrigate and weed your garden. Finally, you will learn how to setup a precise time and water saving system popular by growers of all scales around the world: drip irrigation. Instructor: Christian Melendez.
Tuition: $40** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu Jun 07 6:30PM-8:30PM Oakland Mills High School XE-331 6136 #8805
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Interior Design: Decorating on a Budget
Let instructor Sheri Gallagher guide you through the process of redesigning and decorating a room of your choice. Determine a budget, create a vision board, examine color theory and schemes, create a floor plan, place furniture and compile a portfolio to assist you when shopping. Other topics will include focal points, scale of furniture and the use of whimsical/inspirational pieces.
Tuition: $119** (includes $48 in fees*)
Tue Apr 17-May 22 6:30PM-8:30PM Centennial High School XE-541 6373 #3700
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Organic Pest and Disease Management *NEW*
Pests and diseases often cause stress for the gardener and are cited as the reason for a multi-billion dollar industry of poisons in the world. You can feel like they have consumed your garden, yet in healthy environments, they rarely cause many problems. You will discuss how to view pests and diseases in your garden as signs by nature of deeper problems, and how to prevent them in the future. For those situations where the problem needs a short-term solution, you will review organically-approved methods for reducing the damage done to your crops. Instructor: Christian Melendez.
Tuition: $40** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu Jul 12 6:30PM-8:30PM Hickory Ridge XE-237 6109 #9955
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