Monday, December 29, 2008

Tricycle Gardens -- Gardening Classes in 2009!

Is your New Year's resolution to start a garden in 2009? Get a head start by taking classes with Tricycle Gardens, your local community gardening nonprofit.

Listed courses include:

JANUARY, Saturday 24th, 12-3pm
Creative Coldframes and Cloches
Jump start your spring by integrating creative cold frames and cloches into your home garden. We will demonstrate how to build 3 simple types of cold frames, and a variety of cloches. Tapping into our resourceful & inventive minds, and by using new, used and found objects, we will find new & beneficial tools for successful gardens.
Please dress warmly, as we will be outside.
INSTRUCTORS: Danny Finney, Allison Mesnard, Stacey Moulds
LOCATION: Jefferson Avenue Garden (at 24th Street in Church Hill/Union Hill)
COST: $50, 20 spaces available

FEBRUARY, Saturday 14th, 11am-2pm
Seed Swap & Potluck
Start your Valentines Day with a seed swap! Bring some seeds / perennials to trade, and a dish to share. Go home with new varieties, tips and stories.
LOCATION: Tricycle Garden's Office, 211 West 7th Street (in Old Manchester)

MARCH Sunday 8th, 1-4pm
DIY Sub-Irrigated Planter Workshop.
We will discuss a variety of designs for making your own sub-irrigated planter as well as the plethora of garden crops and flowers that can be grown successfully in this type of unique and water saving planter.
Container garden enthusiasts who haven't yet tried using SIP's are highly encouraged to sign up for this workshop. We will also discuss many different "soil-less" growing mediums you can make yourself. Everyone will go home with a fully functional water efficient SIP that they have made themselves ready for planting.
INSTRUCTORS: Danny Finney, Allison Mesnard
LOCATION: Tricycle Garden's Office, 211 West 7th Street (in Old Manchester)
COST: $65, 30 spaces available

MARCH, Thursday 12th, 7-9pm?
The Nitty-Gritty on Community Gardens
What is the story about community gardening and the local agriculture movement? Learn about the history of community gardens in America, and the nuts & bolts of what it really takes to create and sustain a garden in your community. Learn about the work of Tricycle Gardens, and what they are doing to make community gardens a part of the story of Richmond. Lively discussion encouraged.
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Taranto
COST: $25

APRIL , Sunday 5th
Build Your Own Rain Barrel
Participants will receive a 55 gallon #2 plastic food grade barrel with all the necessary components to make a usable rain collector. Tools and helpers will be on hand to assist in the assembling. We will discuss and explain set up and maintenance of your rain barrel as well as offering a few suggestions for the more adventurous DIYers for converting heavy duty plastic garbage cans into functional rain collectors. We will discuss how the use of rain barrels can be a component in reducing our negative impact on our local waterways and help foster a stronger connection with the health and well being of our diverse and complex ecology.
INSTRUCTORS: Danny Finney, Allison Mesnard, Stacey Moulds
LOCATION: Tricycle Garden's Office, 211 West 7th Street (in Old Manchester)
COST: $75, 50 spaces available

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