All events are located at Ploughshares Nursery 2701 Main Street Alameda unless otherwise noted.
Creating Healthy Soil Workshop
Saturday, March 8
Ploughshares is pleased to welcome back Kerri Kemp Gardner of Kellogg Garden Products to lead a discussion on creating healthy soil for organic gardens. This year’s workshop will emphasize water reduction techniques – learn how to lower water usage through proper application of mulch. Kerri has a BS in horticulture from Cal Poly and over fifteen years
experience working for one of the leading organic soil companies on the west coast. Kerri is fond of saying that she is “a horticulturalist by training and a gardener by passion”.
Creating Year-Round Edible Gardens Workshop
Saturday, March 15
Want to maximize your urban edible production, sustainably? Join us for a hands-on, how-to workshop on growing edibles year round. Lori Caldwell, Master Composter and Bay-Friendly Educator, will provide you with the nuts and bolts on designing for edibles, building healthy soil, choosing companion plants, planting seasonally, rotating crops for higher yield, and harvesting. There will be a focus on spring/summer loving edibles like tomatoes, carrots, bush and pole beans, lettuce and more. Each participant will receive an Edible Reader – an indispensable reference – discount nursery coupons and detailed gardening handouts. There will be a drawing for gardening gifts at the end of the workshop.
Visit www.stopwaste.org/gardening for more information.
Introduction to Permaculture Workshop
Saturday, March 22
Permaculture is a philosophy and system of building, farming, gardening and landscaping conceived by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s in the wake of environmental problems left behind by previous centuries of colonization and more recent industrialization. Join landscape designer Jeremy Watts at Ploughshares to learn about simple permaculture concepts that can be used in your garden to improve the health of plants, increase food crop yields, and ultimately reduce labor. Topics covered will include: sheet mulching, resource optimization, functional planting, using diversity to create a healthy garden, and productive low maintenance landscaping.
Alameda Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 26
Location: Washington Square Park
Ploughshares will be hosting a booth at Alameda’s annual Earth Day celebration – we hope to see you there! This is a family-friendly event with information booths, games, and local vendors. The nursery will be open for regular retail hours.
Pruning Basics Workshop
Saturday, February 22
Join us to learn the how, when, and why of pruning trees and shrubs in your garden. Topics covered will include: types of cuts, the botany of pruning, and tools to use versus tools to avoid.
Dormant Season Fruit Tree Care Workshop
Saturday, February 15
Join us for a discussion and demonstration of methods of caring for dormant fruit trees so that next season’s growth is vigorous and fruit plentiful. Topics covered will include: dormant spraying, pruning, feeding dormant fruit trees, and adjusting irrigation for winter weather.
Worm Composting Workshop
Saturday, February 8
The importance of worms for keeping plants healthy and maintaining the quality of soil cannot be exaggerated. Worm “castings” (poop) are rich in symbiotic soil microbes that plants require to extract nutrients from the surrounding soil and fend off plant disease and harmful bacteria. Worm composting is easy to do and the results of applying castings and the liquid from a worm composter are recognizable immediately. Topics covered will include: choosing a composter, establishing your worms, what you should and should not feed worms, how to apply castings and worm tea, and how to maintain your composter.