Learn how easy and fun gardening can be! Lori Cardwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting, will teach you the basics of becoming a successful sustainable gardener. Topics will include: deciphering the terminology, plants 101, transplanting and plant choice by season, seeds vs. starts, non-toxic pest control, reuse in the garden and tips and tricks. You will acquire a depth of sustainable gardening knowledge in this class, whether this is your very first try at gardening, or if you have been gardening for years.
Lori will also guide you in the ways you can improve soil health in your garden to support what you grow. She will cover topics including soil fertility, plant succession, levels of organic matter, watering and irrigation and the biodiversity of soil life. You will learn how to maintain a stable pH and create the soil structure that will hold and release nutrients to plants. At the end of the class you will have knowledge of healthy soil building, water retention and techniques to increase yields and extend your growing season in your own garden. Throughout the class, Lori will invite questions from students specific to their gardens.
Lori Caldwell, a frequent Ecology Center Classroom instructor, is Owner/Operator of CompostGal: Consulting, Landscaping & Education. She is an avid gardener and her mission is “To connect people to the soil and all that it provides”. A Master Composter and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape professional, she has been teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.