What You Will Learn
Learn to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit organically, with nature and your experienced instructor as your guides!
You will gain knowledge and tips for growing in raised bed gardens and containers, and learn what we can do to ensure the best soil health for growing happy, healthy, productive plants directly in our local garden soils as well, keeping our direct connection with the earth and supporting a healthy soil food web, which is so important for the health of our plants and ourselves!
This course is perfect for those who are new to gardening or who have a little experience and a lot of questions! We will walk you through the entire season from preparing your soil, to planting seeds and transplanting plants, to harvesting, to prepping your beds for winter.
How You Will Learn
"Lenore's Backyard Garden" at The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm in Naperville will serve as our outdoor classroom for this hands-on course series! The garden consists of raised beds, a fruit tree guild, border gardens, pollinator plants, compost bins, and more.
We will meet in the garden monthly from May through October to see first-hand what is happening in the garden each month, learn what to look for and what to expect throughout the season, and get hands-on practice meeting seasonal garden challenges as they occur.
Between our monthly classes, you will also have access to tips, resources, videos, and a class discussion board in our online student portal to support you through the weeks until the next class!
Skills You Will Acquire
Throughout the growing season, you will gain skills and knowledge needed to prepare your garden soil, direct-sow the right seeds at the right time and care for them as they grow, and transplant seedlings.
You will learn to utilize companion planting, support pollinators, know the pests to watch for and how to manage them naturally, recognize common diseases and know what to do about them, and identify weeds and know that some can be useful (it's true!)
You will learn best watering practices and conservation, discover the best timing and techniques for harvesting, and utilize organic gardening techniques and permaculture principles and practices to reduce inputs and garden more sustainably and successfully!
You will gain the knowledge and experience needed to continue in your gardening journey with more confidence!