Spring 2019 Garden Classes

Capital Roots classes are free to

participating community gardeners

$10 for the general public

 

New this year...  

 

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Join us for a “Zero Waste” series of workshops exploring how to bridge the gap between growing, cooking, and composting. Just look for the Zero Waste icon below! 

 


 

Beginner Gardening

Tuesday, March 26 | Urban Grow Center (594 River Street) | 5:30 - 6:30pm

Thursday March 28 | Albany Main Library | 6:00pm
Saturday, April 6 | Cutler Street Garden, Schenectady | 11:00am
Thursday, May 2 | Cayuga Street Garden, Cohoes | 6:00pm 

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Even if this isn’t your first year in the garden, it’s always good practice to brush up on the basics. This class will help you get your garden started successfully and will keep you on track with important information on planting times, garden layout, maintenance, and soil health. By planning ahead, understanding what problems you might face and solutions that will work, you’ll have confidence in tackling and overcoming common garden issues throughout the growing season.

 

 To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.

 

 


 

Zero Waste Series ICON SMALL.png Composting Made Easy

Tuesday, April 2 | Hill Street Garden, Troy | 6:00pm 

Thursday, April 18 | Elm Avenue Garden, Bethlehem | 6:00pm

Tuesday, April 23 | East Greenbush Garden | 6:00pm 

Saturday, May 18 | Swift and 7th Garden, Troy | 9:30am 

 

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Composting garden and kitchen scraps is a great way to divert waste from landfills and improve soil texture and fertility. Learn about the different methods of composting, what types of items should be composted and what should not, how to keep your pile balanced and alive with life, and how to use the finished product.

 

To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.

 

 

 


 

Zero Waste Series ICON SMALL.png Root to Stem Cooking Workshop

Tuesday, May 14 | Urban Grow Center (594 River Street, Troy) | 5:30 - 6:30pm

 

“No Waste” recipes put waste-consciousness into cooking by using every part of an ingredient in the dish, a creative way to reduce food scraps and grocery bills. Join us in making an environmental and budget friendly entrée and dessert, no leaf or stem left behind.

 

 To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.

 


 

Zero Waste Series ICON SMALL.png Mastering Mulch

Saturday, April 6  | Craig and Wyllie Garden, Schenectady | 12:30pm

 

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Hate weeding? Discover the many benefits of mulch, where to find the best materials for your plot, and techniques that will reduce the amount of time spent on garden maintenance.

 

 To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.

 

 


 

Tomatoes 101: Tips and Tricks

Thursday, April 25 | Lincoln Park Garden, Albany | 6:00pm

 

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Join Capital Roots for an introductory class on a juicy warm weather garden favorite - tomatoes! Instruction will include best practices for soil preparation, care and maintenance, disease and pest identification and harvest methods.

 

To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.

 


 

Superb Herbs

Wednesday, April 24 | Ida Yarbrough Garden, Albany | 6:00pm

 

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Herbs provide interesting new and fresh flavors for cooking, healing, and brewing tea. They add texture, scent and beauty to your garden and some provide natural pest control. This class will provide information on starting, maintaining and harvesting your very own herb garden, and we’ll explore new ideas and uses for your bounty of fresh herbs.

 

To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.

 

 


 

Not All Bugs are Bad!

Thursday, May 16 | North Albany Garden | 6:00pm

 

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Diversity in the garden is not only aesthetically pleasing but can also lead to an overall healthier garden. Learn which varieties of plants can attract beneficial insects that work as pollinators or natural pest repellents for your garden. Remember, not all bugs are bad!

 

To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.

 

 


 

 

Zero Waste Series ICON SMALL.png Lasagna and Lasagna Composting

Thursday, June 6 |  Normanskill Garden, Albany | 6:00pm 

 

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Learn about lasagna composting, a low maintenance layering method of composting that happens right within your garden plot, no turning required. Find out what materials to layer and how, all while sampling a tasty homemade lasagna recipe. Feel free to bring your own layered recipe to share with the community pot-luck style.

 

 To sign up, contact Francesca, Capital Roots' Educator, at 518-274-8685 or educator@capitalroots.org.