Apr 012012
 

Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners will be holding free “Ask a Master Gardener Days” on some Saturdays at Charlotte Regional Farmers Markets starting April 7th, 2012. (They will also be at Davidson Farmers MArket and Matthews Community Farmers Markets starting later in the spring.)

The events at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, at 1801 Yorkmount Road, in the Greenery Shed, will take place from 7:30am to 1pm.

April 7, 2012 – Soil – Where It All Begins: Learn about Piedmont soil types and how to build healthy soil for healthy plants; free soil test kits available on request.

April 14, 2012 – Home Grown and Local Produce: Learn about growing food in your garden and preserving fresh produce. Meet Kristen Davis, Mecklenburg County Extension Agent, Local Foods/Food Safety and Preservation.

April 28, 2012 – SPRING PLANT SALE

May 5, 2012 – Got Bugs, Get Answers: Meet Scott Ewers, Mecklenburg County Extension Agent, Consumer and Commercial Horticulture, our expert on integrated pest management and disease control in your yard.

May 19, 2012 – Go Green in Your Garden: Learn easy, cost-saving practices to be more organic and sustainable in your yard.

June 2, 2012 – Worms – Nature’s Royal Recyclers: Learn all about vermiculture (composting with worm bins) including how to start your own bin; see demonstration bins; and enjoy fun, hands-on activities for the kids.

June 16, 2012 – Go Native: Learn benefits of using native perennials, trees, and shrubs in your yard; glean advice on plant selection for your garden; plant lists available on request.

September 8, 2012 – Local Foods: Farm to Fork: Extension Agent Kristin Davis offers information about the benefits of local foods and the Center for Environmental Farming Farm to Fork 10% Campaign.

September 15, 2012 – Lawn Care 101: Learn cost-effective, earth-friendly techniques for planting a new or renovating an old lawn and keeping it healthy and beautiful.

 April 1, 2012  Posted by  gardening Comments Off
Mar 212012
 

Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners will be holding free “Ask a Master Gardener Days” on some Saturdays at Charlotte Regional Farmers Markets starting April 7th, 2012. (They will also be at Davidson Farmers MArket and Matthews Community Farmers Markets starting later in the spring.)

The events at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, at 1801 Yorkmount Road, in the Greenery Shed, will take place from 7:30am to 1pm.

April 7, 2012 – Soil – Where It All Begins: Learn about Piedmont soil types and how to build healthy soil for healthy plants; free soil test kits available on request.

April 14, 2012 – Home Grown and Local Produce: Learn about growing food in your garden and preserving fresh produce. Meet Kristen Davis, Mecklenburg County Extension Agent, Local Foods/Food Safety and Preservation.

April 28, 2012 – SPRING PLANT SALE

May 5, 2012 – Got Bugs, Get Answers: Meet Scott Ewers, Mecklenburg County Extension Agent, Consumer and Commercial Horticulture, our expert on integrated pest management and disease control in your yard.

May 19, 2012 – Go Green in Your Garden: Learn easy, cost-saving practices to be more organic and sustainable in your yard.

June 2, 2012 – Worms – Nature’s Royal Recyclers: Learn all about vermiculture (composting with worm bins) including how to start your own bin; see demonstration bins; and enjoy fun, hands-on activities for the kids.

June 16, 2012 – Go Native: Learn benefits of using native perennials, trees, and shrubs in your yard; glean advice on plant selection for your garden; plant lists available on request.

September 8, 2012 – Local Foods: Farm to Fork: Extension Agent Kristin Davis offers information about the benefits of local foods and the Center for Environmental Farming Farm to Fork 10% Campaign.

September 15, 2012 – Lawn Care 101: Learn cost-effective, earth-friendly techniques for planting a new or renovating an old lawn and keeping it healthy and beautiful.

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Mar 042012
 

Mecklenburg County Master Composters are offering free classes at South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, in March and April. These classes, held on Thursdays, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, focus on natural and organic gardening, composting, and waste reduction.

For more information and registration, contact the library at 704-416-6600.

March 8: Bokashi Composting & Deep Mulch Gardening / Anna Brown
Learn the Bokashi method of composting. This easy method allows you to compost ALL food scraps. Also during this session, you will learn how to use leaves to create a deep mulch gardening system that eliminates tilling, weeding, watering, and is a constant source of nutrients for your growing plants.

March 22: Vermicomposting: Red Wiggles Are Your Best Compost Friends / Lino Scala
Composting with worms is easy, requires very few supplies, and can be done by anyone. In this hands on demo, learn to turn a simple box or container into a fine worm bin that keeps worms and decomposing food scraps in one area. Composting worms require very little attention, do not get sick, and don’t mind if you go on vacation. In addition, these worms are voracious eaters that are extremely happy to spend the day eating organic waste, excreting worm castings and making more worms, providing you with high quality compost!

April 12: Companion Planting / Janet Burlee
Companion planting is the planting of different landscaping plants, or agricultural crops in close proximity on the theory that they assist each other in nutrient uptake, pest control, pollination and other factors necessary to increasing productivity. During this session, you’ll learn about various companion planting systems, how these approaches can enhance flavors, provide pest control, and be a cornerstone of organic gardening. Do you plant tomatoes — make sure there’s some basil nearby! Garlic and roses? Cucumbers and corn? Petunias and beans? Even pansy and fruit trees. Companion planting will help you look at your plant and vegetable gardens in a whole new and exciting way!

April 26: Creating the Healthy Earth Happy Lawn / Geoffrey Huntley
Learn to balance growing a lush and healthy lawn with your commitment to being environmentally conscious. From fertilizers to soil-balancing agents, these tips are designed to leave the Earth a little bit better than you found it.

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Feb 092012
 

Mecklenburg County Master Composters are offering free classes at South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, in March and April. These classes, held on Thursdays, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, focus on natural and organic gardening, composting, and waste reduction.

For more information and registration, contact the library at 704-416-6600.

March 8: Bokashi Composting & Deep Mulch Gardening / Anna Brown
Learn the Bokashi method of composting. This easy method allows you to compost ALL food scraps. Also during this session, you will learn how to use leaves to create a deep mulch gardening system that eliminates tilling, weeding, watering, and is a constant source of nutrients for your growing plants.

March 22: Vermicomposting: Red Wiggles Are Your Best Compost Friends / Lino Scala
Composting with worms is easy, requires very few supplies, and can be done by anyone. In this hands on demo, learn to turn a simple box or container into a fine worm bin that keeps worms and decomposing food scraps in one area. Composting worms require very little attention, do not get sick, and don’t mind if you go on vacation. In addition, these worms are voracious eaters that are extremely happy to spend the day eating organic waste, excreting worm castings and making more worms, providing you with high quality compost!

April 12: Companion Planting / Janet Burlee
Companion planting is the planting of different landscaping plants, or agricultural crops in close proximity on the theory that they assist each other in nutrient uptake, pest control, pollination and other factors necessary to increasing productivity. During this session, you’ll learn about various companion planting systems, how these approaches can enhance flavors, provide pest control, and be a cornerstone of organic gardening. Do you plant tomatoes — make sure there’s some basil nearby! Garlic and roses? Cucumbers and corn? Petunias and beans? Even pansy and fruit trees. Companion planting will help you look at your plant and vegetable gardens in a whole new and exciting way!

April 26: Creating the Healthy Earth Happy Lawn / Geoffrey Huntley
Learn to balance growing a lush and healthy lawn with your commitment to being environmentally conscious. From fertilizers to soil-balancing agents, these tips are designed to leave the Earth a little bit better than you found it.

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Oct 302011
 

Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Recycling offers a free basic Home Composting Workshop. The 2 hour hands-on workshop covers:

composting
residential recycling
soil preparation and management
toxicity reducton
grasscycling and mulching

Register online or by calling 704-336-4304. Registration ends for each class the Wednesday before the class.

November 5, 2011, 10am to 12pm: St. Albans Community Garden, Davidson

November 12, 2011, 9am to 10:30am: Reedy Creek Nature Center

November 12, 2011, 10am to 12pm: McDowell Nature Center

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Aug 152011
 

Mecklenburg County Solid Waste and Recycling offers a free basic Home Composting Workshop. The 2 hour hands-on workshop covers:

composting
residential recycling
soil preparation and management
toxicity reducton
grasscycling and mulching

Register online or by calling 704-336-4304. Registration ends for each class the Wednesday before the class.

September 10, 2011, 9am to 1pm: Friendship Baptist Church

September 10, 20111, 10am to 12pm: Reedy Creek Nature Center

October 15, 2011, 10am to 12pm: Reedy Creek Nature Center

October 15, 2011, 10am to 12pm: St. Albans Community Garden, Davidson

October 22, 2011 , 10am to 12pm: McDowell Nature Center

November 5, 2011, 10am to 12pm: St. Albans Community Garden, Davidson

November 12, 2011, 9am to 10:30am: Reedy Creek Nature Center

November 12, 2011, 10am to 12pm: McDowell Nature Center

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May 092011
 

Learn all about gardening from Don Rosenberg, owner of Instant Organic Garden and author of “No Green Thumb Required! Organic Family Gardening Made Easy” at a free gardening class on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011, at 5:30pm, at New South restaurant, 8140 Providence Road (Arboretum.) You are invited to stay afterward the class for a FIVE course meal at New South Restaurant for $28.95 as part of the Carolinas Farm to Fork Restaurant Month. Staying for the meal is not required, though. The class is free, but please RSVP.

This event is organized through Charlotte Good Eats & Meets. If you like good food you should definitely check this group out. They have many, many events, and often negotiate great deals on meals and food events.

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May 022010
 

On Saturday, May 8th, starting at 8am, there will be Mecklenburg County Extension Master Gardener volunteers available at the greenery shed at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market to answer all your gardening questions. This is also the same time as the Master Gardener spring plant sale, so you can make sure that you’re buying something you’re not likely to kill.

1801 Yorkmont Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28266

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Jan 042010
 

The Mecklenburg Historical Association presents a free talk by Dr. Larry Mellichamp on early botanists in the Carolinas. The talk will be held January 5th, at 11AM, at Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church at 101 West Sugar Creek Road.

By the way, in the spirit of sharing historical information, I’d like to share the fact that it was in front of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church in 1779 that a Revolutionary soldier, Lieutenant George Locke, was killed and hacked to pieces by the British. I think there may be a marker across Sugar Creek Road. Check it out. (By the way, I don’t think it says anything good about me that I felt compelled, at 1:32AM to research this information. But I wanted to get it right.)

Start the new year with a botanical bang! Join us for an illustrated talk by Dr. Larry Mellichamp of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Larry will talk about botanists and naturalists and their surprising plant discoveries during early travels in the Carolinas. He will begin with John Lawson in 1700 and go through Andre Michaux in the early 1800s. Come to learn, to be amazed, and to be entertained. Larry can do all that.

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Oct 082009
 

The Parks and Rec Department is offering another free class on gardening. This one is called “Designing Outdoor Spaces That Work.”

Tues. Oct. 13 7pm-8pm, Tom Sykes Rec Center, Participants learn landscaping and gardening techniques. FREE. Course Barcode #1623. Your best bet is registering by calling 311.

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