Summer 2017 ‘Gardening with Nature’ Seminars

Every day now at Canterbury Creek Gardens, we have several people comment on how they have never seen so many healthy plants growing anywhere else.  No chemical fertilizers or sprays are used — because none are needed.  If we have problems, they are taken care of naturally.

We don’t sell organic products because they are trendy.  We know they work better because we use them exclusively at our garden center.  We believe that simple changes like planting an organic vegetable garden, taking care of your lawn in a safe, but effective way, and buying organically grown produce from responsible growers are essential parts of a better, healthier, more productive and sustainable society.

We conduct seminars to encourage you to also experience this interaction with nature and create a natural sanctuary in your own backyard.  We do this because we believe that understanding our place and responsibility in a natural world is something very important to pass along to our customers and their families today.

If you have an interest in learning more, attend our Gardening with Nature seminars this summer.

These may be the last seminars we conduct where you have a chance to learn from hands-on demonstrations of the best organic and sustainable practices.

I was talking to a woman last week who had just become interested in gardening.  She regretted that she had waited so long to begin her gardening experience.  She is not alone.  Many people say they find too late in life the pleasures of gardening — the connection with the real world we live in.

Countless people through many generations have tried to articulate the connection with our living world that gardening gives us.

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

“Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.” – Francis Bacon

“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet

This Saturday, we will start our
‘Gardening with Nature’ summer seminars.

Our seminars are the quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to successful gardening. They help you start gardening with less work and better results.

People often say they learn from their mistakes — but every mistake you make in your garden costs you money and many hours of your time.  They also result in years of gardens that dramatically under produce.  These mistakes include:

  • Poor choices for improving soil
  • Gardening gimmicks and useless tool choices
  • Poor choices of crops and variety selection
  • Poor fertilizing choices
  • Improper crop timing
Our seminars teach you:
  • Growing techniques that provide the best results
  • Planting techniques to avoid wasting time weeding
  • The difference between gardening gimmicks and helpful products
  • The natural processes that help plants grow better, and how to assist them
  • The benefits and difficulties of growing in raised beds or containers
  • A basic understanding of soil biology, and the difference between cost effective soil improvement techniques and amendments that waste your money
  • How to use backyard garden produce to significantly reduce annual food bills
  • The impact your yard care practices have on your family’s health

Backyard vegetable gardens helped us through two World Wars and The Great Depression.  At the end of WWII, roughly 40% of fruits and vegetables were grown in backyard gardens (it is now less than 1%).  Researchers tell us that people were actually much healthier during these times of food rationing and reliance on backyard gardens.

We strive to grow plants at Canterbury Creek Gardens that produce nutritionally superior food.  Their size and productivity is a result of supplying the essential nutrients plants need. Although these large plants require better support, saying you do not want large plants is like saying you do not want them to be very nutritious, or taste great.

By attending our seminars, you can learn growing practices that make your food more nutritious and your gardening more ecologically responsible – and that organic gardening is not just replacing chemical pesticides with organic pesticides.

Seminar Schedule – Saturdays from 11 am – 12:30 pm

An overview of organic gardening, farming, and the biggest food industry concerns

July 22 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Growing and maintaining tomatoes

July 29 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Proven, demonstrated techniques for healthier plants  

August 5 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Flowers that make your garden beautiful and help your veggies

August 12 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Identifying, understanding and solving plant problems

August 19 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Container gardening

August 26 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Simple easy ways to use or preserve all your veggies

September 2 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Fall garden maintenance, preparing for next year, fertilizing, composting

September 9 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Safe, inexpensive, and effective, organic lawn care

September 16 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

Seminars are $20 each
Attend your choice of 6 seminars for $100

Attend all 9 seminars for $135

Discounts are available with prepayment only

There will be a question and answer period at the end of each seminar

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An overview of organic gardening, farming, and the biggest food industry concerns

July 22  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

We will start with a seminar that separates fact from fiction about organic cultural practices.  This seminar will be helpful to anyone who is concerned about food quality issues, not just gardeners.  What are the concerns about genetically modified plants and crops and how do you avoid them?  Do you have to buy organic seeds?  Why can organic fertilizer and soil labeling be deceptive?  How are companies preying on people who are looking for organic products and how to avoid wasting money on so-called “organic” products?

 

 

 

Growing and maintaining tomatoes

July 29  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Tomato growing mistakes are as basic as not understanding that tomatoes are vining plants with much larger potential harvests than is commonly believed.  A single tomato plant is capable of producing yields of over 300 lbs. of tomatoes per plant and we have harvested over 1,200 paste tomatoes from a single plant.  This seminar will cover the following:

Choosing the best varieties for flavor, productivity and disease resistance

Effective plant maintenance

Plant support systems

Pruning

Watering

Harvesting

 

 

 

Proven, demonstrated techniques for healthier plants

August 5 – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

The techniques we will talk about in this seminar are based on the best sustainable, organic practices — and practices we use here.  There will be demonstrations and explanations of these methods and tips.

Raised beds, containers — which is best for what?

Plant support systems

Easy maintenance ideas

Gimmicks vs. essential products

 

 

 

Flowers that make your garden beautiful and help your veggies

August 12  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

In the same way that vegetables nourish and feed our bodies, flowers are nourishment for our souls.  They are as indispensable to our existence as any other food.  Their nectar also feeds the beneficial creatures that protect and pollinate our plants.  You simply cannot have a successful organic vegetable garden without making good flower choices.  Anyone visiting our garden center/farm can see for themselves an extensive and beautiful selection of functional flowers — that are also untouched by our deer population.  Topics include:

 

Great, animal resistant plants that are not in common use

Attracting beneficials with flower selections

Balancing annuals, perennials, and tender bulbs

 

 

 

Identifying, understanding and solving plant problems

August 19  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

One of the goals of a successful organic garden is to attract more insects to your garden because most of the insects in your garden are not plant pests — and most plant problems are simply a result of unhealthy plants.  Topics of this seminar include:

 

Animal problems

Causes of plant problems

Preventing problems

What problems to look for on each crop

Insect problems

Disease problems

 

 

 

Container gardening

August 26  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Container gardening is becoming very popular.  We grow everything in containers — but containers also have their share of limitations and problems.  This seminar is about growing plants in containers and will cover the following topics:Vegetables

Flowers

Herbs

Choosing container shape, size, and materials

Soils

 

 

 

Simple easy ways to use or preserve all your veggies

September 2  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

People often think that preserving their garden produce is time consuming, a lot of work, and something they cannot do.  Preserving your garden produce takes no more time or effort than preparing veggies for a meal — and you end the year with lots of ready to eat delicious and nutritious meals for months to come.

By coming to this seminar, you will gain skills and learn tips to make year round use of your harvest.

 

 

 

Fall garden maintenance, preparing for next year, fertilizing, composting

 

September 9  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

While most people give up on their gardens in early fall, the most successful gardeners continue to maintain and fertilize their plants in fall, and are preparing for next year.  Fall is an important time in a vegetable garden.  It can make or break your garden yields for this year and years to come.  Soil without healthy plants growing in it will deteriorate — and be time consuming and expensive to rebuild.Preparing and maintaining soil

Why and how to properly fertilize

What is compost and how to make it

Why fall is the best time for starting a compost pile

Winter cover crops

 

 

 

Safe, inexpensive, and effective organic lawn care

 

September 16  – 11 am – 12:30 pm

 

Because of lack of good information about lawn care, chemical lawn care practices are one of the most environmentally damaging things people do.  They also create great risks for our families — especially children and pets. What is even more unreasonable is that they don’t help to create a better, healthier lawn.  Lawn care should be organic, simple, relatively inexpensive, and take only a few minutes once or twice each year.

 

This seminar will show you how to have healthy lawn that is safe to use — and without breaking your budget on an unnecessary lawn care program.