2014 UpGarden Rooftop Organic Gardening Classes

New this year!

Free Rooftop Gardening Classes. You must register to attend: sandy.pernitz@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0284

Class 1: Rooftop Gardening 101 When: April 13 (Sunday), 10am-noon.
Meet in the garden. Rain or Shine. This class will cover the overall basics. We will discuss the benefits and limitations of growing on a rooftop. It will cover issues related to structural weight limitations, soil management, fertilization strategies, sun exposure, drainage, pests/diseases, etc. It will include reviewing soil tests results from 2013 and provide specific recommendations.

Class 2: Keeping it Watered. When: May 10 (Saturday) 10am-noon.
Meet in the garden. Rain or Shine. This class will focus primarily on watering and irrigation strategies. It will cover how water behaves in soil/plants and how to get the largest return from quick short waterings. We will also introduce the existing drip irrigation system and provide hands-on instruction designing, installing and maintaining the system in several arrangements for individual garden plots.

Class 3: Troubleshooting and Harvesting. When: July 2 (Wednesday) 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Meet in the garden. Rain or Shine. This class would take place entirely on-site in the UpGarden. We will walk through the site and identify existing pest/disease/nutrient deficiency issues discussing how to solve existing issues and how to prevent future problems. The class will examine proper harvesting timing and techniques, side dressing of fertilizers, irrigation adjustments, succession-planting strategies and a lot of time for Q and A.

Class 4: Put Your Garden to Bed. When: September 3 (Wednesday) 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Meet in the garden. Rain or Shine. This class would cover fall and winter gardening techniques: harvesting, cover crops, composting, season extention, pH testing and adjustment, irrigation system winterization. We can look back at the season and review successes and failures at the site, learning from the experiences to build a better garden for 2015.

You must register to attend: sandy.pernitz@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0284.

All Classes are being taught by Seattle Tilth and Seattle Urban Farm and funded by the community gardening portion of the Parks & Greenspaces Levy

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