Monday, August 15, 2011

This October! You Too Can Become a Victory Gardener!

Grow LA Victory Garden Class
The Learning Garden
October 1, 8, 15 and 29, 2011

1 PM to 4 PM – Victory Garden Circle – Master Gardener volunteers will organize and lead low-cost Victory Garden Circle and teach the basics of gardening. The Learning Garden's gardening circle will meet beginning October 1st. These classes of instruction and hands-on activities will introduce gardeners to the basics of growing your own food. You may attend only one or a few, but by attending all four classes, participants will become UC-certified Victory Gardeners. Cost is $20 per session or the whole series for $75. Scholarships available.

October 1st
Seed starting, building raised beds, choosing containers, plant selection, including drought-tolerant plants (3 hours)
Oct. 8th
Transplanting, soil preparation, irrigation, wise water use (3 hours)
Oct. 15th
Pest management (weeds, diseases, insects), beneficial insects (3 hours)
Oct. 29th
Composting, harvesting, seed saving, review, recipes, graduation event/certificates (3 hours)

The Learning Garden is located on the grounds of Venice High School (13000 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066) at the intersection of Venice Blvd. and Walgrove Avenue – the entrance is on Walgrove.

A series of courses for those who wish to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables, this initiative will help new gardeners learn to start their own gardens quickly and easily in a container, in the backyard or at a community garden, bringing together local families and neighborhoods to share their experiences, skills and produce. Participants will be able to turn this new interest in gardening into successful, productive gardens that will generate positive changes in their homes by helping to lower grocery bills and enhance opportunities to eat healthy, nutritious foods.

Dress in layers, The Learning Garden is probably cooler than you think. Bring your own cup for coffee or tea. Bring gloves and wear clothes you will not mind getting dirty – this is a hands on class. We have all the tools you will need. We will often have plants or seeds to take home and good things to eat as well!

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