The CSU Extension Office in Adams County, in partnership with Brighton Shares The Harvest, is offering four classes this spring for people interested in backyard vegetable gardening. These classes will be held in the first floor meeting room at the Adams County Parks and Extension Building on the Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton CO. Register for all four classes for $30 or individual classes for $10 apiece. Need based scholarships are available. Contact Eric or Cassey at 303-637-8100 for more information or a physical registration form.
Introduction to Vegetable Gardening: January 27th 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Learn the basic of vegetable gardening along the Front Range. Topics will include plant needs, soil amendments, irrigation, fertility and raised bed gardening.
Seed Starting for Vegetable Gardeners: February 24th 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
This talk will cover what is needed to begin starting your garden plants from seed at home as well as how to successfully save seeds from your garden for next season. Learn the basics of seed biology and what seeds need to germinate and develop. Specific requirements for germinating 12 common garden plants will be discussed. Free seeds will be distributed by Brighton Shares The Harvest!
Soil Management and Composting: March 31st 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
Did you know that a well cared for clay soil can behave more like a loamy soil? Proper soil management is one of the keys to long term success in your vegetable garden. This class will cover all you ever wanted to know about selecting and using soil amendments, compaction, tillage and how to make your own compost. It will also include an introduction to cover crops.
Pollinators and Your Vegetable Garden and Irrigating Your Vegetable Garden: April 28th 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm
Having a productive vegetable garden can involve more than just the vegetables. In this class, you’ll learn about attracting pollinators to your yard and creating pollinator habitats. In the second half of the class we’ll have a discussion on good irrigation practices for the backyard garden. Irrigation can have large impact on your garden, poorly irrigated vegetable plants will not produce well and may not have good flavor, so hitting the right balance between too much water and not enough is important.
Saturday, Jan. 27 - 7:30 pmtoSaturday, Apr. 28 8:30 pm