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Join us at Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven for the Fourth Annual Grow it Garden Series!

Instructor and Master Gardener Rachel Ziesk will teach you what you need to know to prepare your garden for the upcoming season.

See below for class dates and topics.

For tickets please visit the Eventbrite Page

Call 203-562-0598 x 231 with questions or for scholarship information.

January 27 – Soil and Garden Planning

The most important component for a successful garden is soil health. Learn how to make and keep your soil healthy and how to plan your garden to get the most out of your space in any season. You can bring your own essential gardening tools if you have them so we can go through with them and discuss their uses. If you are planning to get tools, Bill Allen has a list on https://occupythefarm.org you can check out.

February 3 – Cool Weather Crops, Pests, and Diseases

Start your garden as soon as the snow is gone! Cool weather crops don’t mind the cold and give you a jump on the season. This class covers how to plant these crops and manage the pests and diseases that affect them.

February 10 – Warm Weather Crops, Pests, and Diseases

Learn about how to make the most out of your growing season including which crops are best started indoors, what can be directly seeded into the ground, and the conditions and fertilizers each crop
prefers. Also covered are how to fight pests and diseases organically. 

February 24 – Seed Starting & Composting

This class teaches you when and how to start growing indoors using lights and water. Identify common problems with seed starting and learn how to keep a compost pile that will keep your garden soil healthy and give vital nutrients to your plants. Participants will plant a six pack of seedlings to bring home.

March 10 – Perennial Vegetables and Fruits

This class features vegetables, fruits, and herbs that are planted once and return year-after-year, including asparagus, blueberries, thyme, and many more. Learn how to grow and fight pests and diseases of these long lived, under utilized garden plants.

March 24 – Native and Invasive Plants

Learn to identify native and invasive wildflowers and weeds including which are edible or useful for your garden and which need to be dealt with so they don’t spread and destroy your crops.