TOPIC: How to Maximize your Harvest through Succession Planting. This presentation covers what to plant from early spring thru to fall, including how to plant on a rotation to maximize the planting space. Julia will also discuss intercropping, companion planting and the staggered planting method. If you want to grow and harvest as much as possible throughout the growing season, this topic is for you!
SPEAKER: Julia Dimakos started gardening after having children and fell in love with growing food for her family. She gardens organically and tries to keep it simple, while growing new and uncommon vegetables every year.Julia loves to inspire others to have their own gardens, showing them how easy gardening can be. She enjoys teaching others and answering questions. You can find her at her blog at www.juliadimakos.com and at her FB page, Julia Dimakos, Gardening Girl. There you can ask her questions and she will do her best to answer them.
Julia is currently working on her Horticulturist Diploma through the University of Guelph and is President of the Orangeville and District Horticultural Society.
TOPIC: Growing Gardens from Seeds in Small Spaces
SPEAKER: Diana Pooke is a Mississauga Master Gardener, editor of the Ontario Rock Garden & Hardy Plant Society’s Journal, Past Co-president of the Georgetown Horticultural Society and a founding member of the Lucy Maud Montgomery Heritage Garden in Norval. Diana is also an Royal Botanical Gardens certified horticultural judge. Diana and her husband Bill garden on ¾ acre property near Georgetown. She has a passion for perennials, including grasses, and grows many of her plants from seed.
Illustrated: Delphinium grandiflorum
TOPIC: All About Bees
SPEAKER: Local expert beekeeper Greg Sweetnam speaks on the important hobby of caring for Caledon’s honeybees and how he reaps the sweet rewards.
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