The growing season is upon us and our Blue C Community Garden programs will begin this month. Programs are free to everyone. Come check us out at 1968 11th Street, Los Osos.
Saturday, March 8, 1-2 p.m. – BUILDING A RAISED BED
Growing healthy and nutritious vegetables is difficult in our sandy soil.And gophers are always looking for a snack. Our newest Board member Nadia Brenner and landscape designer Raine Frost will teach us how to construct a simple, gopher-proof raised bed and stock it full of nutritious soil and compost to give your garden a great start.
Saturday, March 22, 1-2 p.m. – SEED SAVING BASICS
Humans have been saving seeds from their best plants for over 10,000 years. Come meet Elizabeth Johnson of SLO Seed Savers to learn the interesting history of seed saving, the difference between wet and dry harvest, and some easy plants to start with. (Part 2 – HARVESTING THE SEEDS will take place late summer).
Saturday, April 19, 1-2 p.m. – GUILD PLANTING
Come learn this interesting permaculture concept. Creating a miniature ecosystem by intermingling appropriate plants to create shade and boost nitrogen will create a diverse soil environment and help you plants depend more on each other and less on you.
Saturday, May 17, 1-3 p.m. – OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS
Urban runoff from gardens and hard surfaces is the No. 1 source of ocean pollution. Robert Nieto, Director of the SLO Chapter of Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program, will be on hand to teach us the concepts of Conservation, Permeability and Retention and to help Blue C begin installation of its Ocean Friendly Demonstration Garden. Come help us plant!
Saturday, June 21, 1-2 p.m. – NATURAL BUG REPELLANTS
The Blue C Community Garden is a pesticide and insecticide free environment. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have ways to manage pests! Different types of herbs, plants and other amendments will attract or repel various insects. You can even use certain plants to attract the insects that eat the ones you don’t want. Come learn some ways to manage pests and create a plant friendly environment.
Plots are still available! Call Amanda Smith at (805) 235-0666.