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POSTPONED: Sat, Nov 1st talk for the Clipper Community Garden

Natural Ways to Build Soil Fertility

POSTPONED November 1, 2014. 10am to 11:30am. San Francisco for the Clipper Terrace Community Garden.

The good folks at Clipper Terrace have asked to postpone this talk until early 2015. I’ll post an update when I have the new date and time.

Vetch flowers. Will be a sea of purple soon.I will give a brief overview of key ideas around soil, and then get into the specifics of the “what, when, and how much” for building your soil fertility through completely natural, non-chemical means. I’ll show you how beneficial grains and legumes are for the soil, and how to use them as the basis for a highly effective no-turn compost. I’ll also talk about specific plants you can grow to improve your soil structure.

This talk will take place at a private residence near the Clipper Terrace Community Garden. If you are not a member of the garden and are interested in attending, send me an email and I’ll connect you with the organizer.

Sat, Oct. 11 talk at the San Mateo Garden Center

healthy soil flickr NRCS 8053614949_95f38a6a25_zThe old adage to “rest the soil” over winter is often misunderstood. This can result in soil damage that means lower yields come next spring. Fortunately, taking care of your soil over winter doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking.

If you understand a few key ideas, you’ll have a range of options to properly protect—and even build—your soil over winter. I’ll outline the “what” and “how” for several options, and give you a sense of the pro’s and con’s of each. Join me for this highly practical and pictorial walk-through of winter soil care.

After the presentation you’re invited to join me for an optional guided walking tour of the nearby Beresford Community Garden to see the principles of winter soil care in action.

I am a Certified Master Gardener and an enthusiastic small-scale grower of vegetables and grains. Learn more about me.

Easy Ways to Protect Your Soil in Winter”
at the San Mateo Garden Center605 Parkside Way San Mateo, CA 94403
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1pm.
Open to the public. No charge. Ample free parking.

This presentation is offered as part of the San Mateo Garden Center’s series of monthly “How to do” clinics.