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Wednesday Expert Gardening Talk–Central

When: Back to Calendar October 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Repeats: Weekly on Wednesday until October 17, 2013
Excluding: March 20, 2013, April 3, 2013, July 3, 2013, July 17, 2013, July 31, 2013, August 14, 2013, August 28, 2013, September 4, 2013, September 18, 2013, October 9, 2013
Where: Central Library Community Garden (near east tennis courts)
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington,VA 22201
Cost: Free
Contact: 703-228-6321
Categories: Garden
Tags: @ Central

Join an expert most Wednesdays out by the Central Library Community Garden (on the East Plaza near the Tennis courts) for a lesson in growing with the seasons.

Talks at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Schedule for 2013 (subject to change)–


March 27:  Seed starting

Best methods for starting seeds and seedlings– when, where, how.  Free seeds!


April  10:  Edible landscaping (including perennial vegetables). 

 Edibles are beautiful too; multipurpose plants that keep coming back!


April  17:  Starting the Spring garden:  Transplanting, direct planting and readiness

How to prepare your garden for your crops and visa-versa.  Timing, hardening off, etc.


April  24:  Container gardens (all kinds)

Many ways to grow herbs, veggies and flowers wherever you want them!


May  1:   Water, irrigation, rain barrels

Experts from Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment show the way to collect rain water, reduce flooding and protect the Chesapeake Bay.


May  8:  Garden structures and vertical gardening  with the Master Gardeners

Support your crops, extend their reach and increase their quality and yield.


May  15:  Herbs and herb container gardens

Healthy eating tastes good, and good taste start with easy-to-grow herbs.


May  22: Square foot gardening

Make the most of every square foot with this simple system, even on blacktop!


May  29:  Roof-top gardening with self-watering containers

Two local experts show how the future of local food is looking UP!


June 5:  Insect pests and beneficials

 An entomologist shows how to manage the pests and to favor the good insects.


June 12: Weeds, mulches, tillage

Best bets for keeping weeds in their place.


June 19:  Top Ten vegetable plant diseases

Rot not!  Meet inside the library 


June 26: Gardening with and for kids

Kids love it:  Grow, eat and learn!




July 10:  Pollination, pollinators, perennials

Put out the welcome mat for native bees, beneficial and beautiful insects by increasing perennial biodiversity.


POSTPONED–July 24:  How vegetables are used around the world

With an emphasis on using leafy vegetables for tasty wraps, produce experts show how!


July 31:  How vegetables are used around the world

With an emphasis on using leafy vegetables for tasty wraps, produce experts show how!


Aug. 7:  Vegetables for the fall      

The best time to grow many crops is the late summer and fall; free seeds and seedlings!


Aug. 14: Film screening: “Truck Farm” [2011]


Aug. 21:  Food preservation: canning, drying, freezing.     

Many ways to make the most of your harvest 

Sept. 11:  Compost and Composting

Enrich the soil and your crops with leaves, garden scraps and lawn waste.


Sept. 25:  Cover crops and crop rotations 

How to plan for winter and next season with soil enriching cover crops.

Oct. 2:  Extending the season–cold frames and hot beds.

Hold onto the growing season even past Thanksgiving!  Many crops just need a little help.


Oct. 16: Season in review


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