TOPIC: Raised Garden Beds. Inspired by a growing gardening trend in Australia, Karen Hollingshead has converted a large portion of her food garden to raised galvanized steel beds. Planning for the day when digging in the dirt might cause more aches and pains than it does now, these new beds provide a waist-high soil surface that is easy on the back and out of reach for the rabbits. Win win!
As you enjoy a summer evening, Karen will explain how she installed her raised beds and walk you through practices such as hugelkultur, square foot gardening, succession planting and vertical gardening that help to maximize her harvest each year.
SPEAKER: Karen Hollingshead has been an avid gardener her entire life. As a small child she loved to help her parents and grandparents tend and harvest their gardens and even had a small garden of her own. Fresh flowers, fruit, herbs and vegetables were always in abundance. Growing healthy food and knowing how to cook, preserve and store the abundance is her passion.
TOPIC: Berrylicious – Berrries for Fun, Food and Wild Friends. Berries and berry-like fruit can make wonderful additions to any landscape, terrace or balcony. Strawberries for pots or as edible ground covers can provide fruit from spring to fall. Grape or kiwi vines can offer privacy, vertical interest and shade along with a tasty treat. While raspberries and blueberries are berry good, you might also consider growing currants, elderberries or the more unusual honeyberries, goji berries or goumi. Come and learn the basics of berry culture and get the names of a few trusted varieties. I am sure you will be berry happy to include these delicious and easy to grow plants in your gardens.
SPEAKER: Cathy Kavassalis, Master Gardener