Mary's Veggie Garden

Vegetable Gardening A-Z: 2016

Are you interested in taking a vegetable gardening class?

Vegetable Gardening A-Z  is for gardeners with some experience growing, but who would like to learn a lot more.

Dates: Saturday mornings 9:30-noon, Feb. 20 – March 12, plus Friday evening March 18, 6:30-9PM,  snow date Sat. 4/2, 9:30AM
Place: Dutchess County Farm & Home Center , 2715 Rt. 44, Millbrook. The F&HC is located just 1.6 miles east of the TSP exit for Rt. 44.

Cost: $95 for the 5 session course, payable to CCE/DC (Cornell Cooperative Extension/Dutchess County). Pay by check or credit card. Registration will start Dec. 1, 2015. Register by calling Nancy at the Cooperative Extension 845-677-8223 ext. 115.

Vegetable  Gardening A-Z: This 5 session course covers the fundamentals of growing vegetables, from selecting varieties and planting seeds and transplants, to growing and harvesting. We will look at how to protect your garden from pests both big and tiny and cover techniques such as growing beds, mulching, watering, crop rotation and garden design. This information will help experienced gardeners take their garden to the next level.

We will explore the wide variety of vegetables grown in the Hudson Valley, looking at how to grow, maintain, and harvest each vegetable, and how to recognize and deal with common problems.

Presenter Mary Nisley has gardened organically for more than 30 years in 3 states, giving her experience with a wide range of vegetables, growing conditions, and problems.

Vegetable Gardening A-Z: subjects by week

Week 1: Focus on your site

  • Your garden site –  soil, sun, pH, water, frost, etc
  • Protecting your vegetable  garden from animals
  • Self-protection
  • How to read a seed packet: what does all that mean?

Week 2: Focus on techniques

  • Using growing beds
  • Floating row covers
  • Mulches, watering, weeding
  • How to direct sow: seeds in the garden
  • How to grow your own transplants
  • Preparing your garden for planting
  • We start lettuce plants!

Week 3: Planning and early spring crops

  • Timing your plants
  • Crop rotation
  • Integrated pest management
  • Early spring planting with greens and roots: spinach, lettuce, chard, beets, carrots, parsley, parsnips, and the onion family

Week 4: Garden design and more crops

  • Introduction to garden planning: creating a scale garden layout and organizing information
  • More early vegetables: the cabbage family: cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, kohlrabi, etc.
  • The self-fertilizing legumes: peas and beans
  • Vining crops: squash and cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Sweet Potatoes

Week 5: Hot weather crops, end of season

  • Tomatoes: selection, pruning, trellising, pests and diseases
  • Peppers, eggplants, potatoes
  • Planting for fall harvest
  • Eating  fresh from the garden all winter: growing and harvesting for root cellar storage

Beginners: the D.C. Master Gardeners are planning a class just for you called Learn It, Grow It, Eat It! Vegetable Gardening for Beginners.  

With this Learn It & Grow It course you may be harvesting your first salad in June, and still eating fresh veggies from your own garden come November.

In four sessions taught by Dutchess County’s Master Gardeners, you will learn how to:

  • Choose your location & prepare your site
  • Plant with seeds or transplants
  • Weed, mulch, thin, and trellis
  • Protect your site from critters
  • Harvest!

You will walk through step-by-step instructions for growing peas, radishes, cucumbers, beans, chives, carrots, onions, herbs, tomatoes, squash, peppers, beets, all kinds of greens, and more. We even provide some seed or plants so you can plant immediately. Each class provides plenty of time to answer your questions.

Dates: Monday evenings, April 4-25, 2016, 6-8PM
Location:East Fishkill Community Library, 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction NY 12533

Cost: $5/per class for supplies

Register by calling Nancy at the Cooperative Extension, 845-677-6223 x115

In each class we’ll cover what you need to know and do in your garden the following week. We cover vegetables that can be grown in a small space (even in pots) or on trellises.


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