Education Series - March 2014

Bloomingfoods Garden Center Lecture Series: 
How to grow vegetables year round -- indoor and outdoor techniques
Workshop led by Chris Bobbitt. Sunday, March 9, 2pm
Patio Room at Bloomingfoods East, 3220 East 3rd St.
Free and open to the public, no registration required

Steadfast Blueberry
This class touches on all aspects of blueberry care. Keith Uridel covers planting methods and choices of soil amendments for the best and longest growth and production. Soil and plant nutrition, pruning, pest control, and irrigation systems suitable for blueberries will also be discussed.
Monday, March 10, 6:30-8:30pm at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.
$15 in-city, $18 non-city, Register by March 7 at at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700

Seed Starting Workshop
Join MHC staff and experienced garden volunteers to learn about seed starting for your home garden, and to help MHC plant seeds for our three community garden plots. We'll discuss planning and timing your plantings, lighting, watering and other basics of seed starting.
Tuesday, March 11, 6-7:30pm, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 1100 West  Allen St., Ste. A
This workshop is free to MHC patrons and volunteers with a $5 suggested donation for community members.

Propagating the Orchard
Learn how to make many trees and bushes from just a few. Phillip O’Conner, Tree Improvement Specialist, Indiana Division of Forestry, covers such propagation techniques as budding, grafting, stooling, layering, and taking hard- and softwood cuttings. Learn and practice propagation techniques in this hands-on class! This class takes place in the Community Orchard, so dress appropriately for the weather.
Saturday, March 22, 2-4pm; rain date March 29 at the Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 S. Highland Ave. in Winslow Woods Park adjacent to the YMCA.
$10 in-city, $12 non-city, Register by March 20 at at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700

Bloomingfoods Garden Center Lecture Series:
All About Container and Vertical Gardening
Workshop led by Chris Bobbitt. Sunday, March 23, 2pm,
Patio Room at Bloomingfoods East, 3220 East 3rd St.
Free and open to the public;  no registration required.

Growing Brambles for the Home Garden
The class covers brambles (including both summer- and fall-bearing raspberries and blackberries), their preferred soil types, planting styles, and amendment and light requirements. Fertility management, pest control, foliar feeding and pruning for high production will be discussed. Instructor Keith Uridel will also relate his experience with container growing of certain raspberry cultivars.
Monday and Wednesday, March 24 and 26, 6:30-8:30pm at the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 East 10th St.
$25 in-city/$30 non-city, Register by March 21 at at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700

Vegetable Garden Planning
Successfully plan your own vegetable garden for the coming growing season! Stephanie Solomon, Grow Organic Educator and Director of Education and Outreach for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, will teach different sustainable gardening methods, from bio-intensive to permaculture. Learn the basics of crop rotation, companion planting, soil building, and cover cropping.
Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 - 8pm at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, 1100 West Allen St., Ste. A
$8 in-city / $10 non-city Register by March 24 at at bloomington.in.gov/parks or call 812-349-3700