Daisy Hill Farm Classes

Daisy Hill Farm Classes

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Upcoming Classes 

Fall Garden Clean up (onsite)

Did you know that the best gardens start in the fall? In this class you will learn how to prepare your garden bed for the following spring for a rewarding spring garden. You will learn in a hands-on manner how to clear the garden of old plant debris and use that plant material (plus the fallen leaves) to make your own incredible compost to use the following year. You will then learn to tell if compost is ready to use, sift it and and apply it to the beds. Next, you will learn to read a soil report and use the information to amend the soil with organic nutrients. Finally, you will learn to plant garlic for a harvest the following summer. Other topics covered will include preseeding cold weather greens, preparing for fruit tree planting and building new garden beds for the following year. You will take home a garlic bulb to plant in your own garden.

Next Session:  Saturday October  10-11:30 at Daisy Hill Farm (raindate Oct 30) $35

 

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Daisy Hill Farm Inspiration Tour: Learn to create your own garden oasis

Thinking about designing and building a large garden?  Learn to work with the land you have to build an ecologically sound, productive, and beautiful space. The vegetable garden area of Daisy Hill was built in 2015-2016 with terracing and drainage outlets because it’s located on a hill. It includes a deer-proof fence, 4-zone irrigation system, a small orchard, raised beds built from stone, wood, and bricks, 5 stage composting system, complete indoor growing room, integrated vegetable, flower, and herb beds to support pollinators and beneficial insects, free-range chickens, vertical and overhead vegetable arches, 3 greenhouses built on-site, and much more.  We have tried to use what we have, reuse what we can and get creative while still being somewhat practical with the rest.  Learn from our successes and, um…mistakes. You’ill take home a list of resources, seeds, and an herb seedling to get you started on your gardening adventure.

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Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Have you been wanting to grow your own food, but don’t know where to start? Already dabbled in gardening and would like to learn more?  Nothing tastes better than your own fresh picked herbs and veggies! 

This class is intended for beginner gardeners with little to no experience and provides a general overview of the following topics: garden placement, choosing what type of garden is best for you (raised bed, in ground, or container), how to build and maintain high quality soil, plant spacing, tool recommendations, best watering methods, weeding, planting, mulch, and favorite vegetable varieties.  You will leave the class with an illustrated guide to organic gardening, and a bunch of ideas about what you will plant this year!

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Design and plan your vegetable garden - grow more food in the space you have.  

Have you ever planted little seedlings in the spring a few inches apart only to find that mid-summer your garden is a crowded jungle?  Do you know how many square feet each tomato/bean/cucumber/basil plant needs to thrive?  Did you know that leafy greens can be planted in the shade of vertically grown squash?  Believe it or not, sometimes planting less will help produce more- and figuring out where to grow your veggies, flowers and herbs before digging can be super rewarding, especially after a long winter inside.

Utilize these tips and more to design and plan your garden by creating your own planting map to fit the needs of you and your family in the space that you have.  You will learn to make a crop map by using a few steps.  After making a ranked list of what you want to grow, you will plan out when and where to plant your top priority crops using a map of your own growing space.  You will leave the class with a packet of references and tips to help you continue mapping in the future. 

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Organic Vegetable Gardening Troubleshooting

Have you grown a lovely patch of veggies just to have them snatched up by other creatures?  Your questions and concerns will help guide our class discussion! Learn to keep both small and large critters out using organic methods (ie. no harmful chemicals) Yes -it is possible! In this class, you will learn how to recognize and diagnose the most common diseases and pests in our area and what to do to mitigate/revent problems. Types of prevention include crop rotation, physical barriers, companion planting, natural deterrents, and hand-picking. We’ll also cover a variety of organic homemade and commercial products to help eradicate pests once they are present.   You will leave the class with an illustrated guide about pest damage and control suggestions.

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Seed Starting Indoors

Have you wanted to try growing your own tomato/pepper/herb/flower plants from seed? This class will give you an idea of how to set up a grow station inside, when and how  to start different types of plants (some need to be started in early March, others late April…), what types of containers to use, how much/how often to water and finally, how to help transition plants outside when the time is right.  This class is geared towards those with some previous gardening experience.

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