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Classes

New classes and events for 2018. 
 Karen's Garden programs subject to change based on what is happening IN the garden. 

Saturday, January 20: VegHeads AG Bus Tour 8am-4:30pm
Leaving Veterans Rec Center, Lehigh Acres
This all day event $65/pp and benefits 4-H youth of the VegHeads.
Details here

Saturday, February 3: Microgreens 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, February 10: Easy Veggie Gardening  11am-12:30pm 
Rotary Park, Cape Coral
Learn easy food to grow instead of struggling with veggies that are very labor intensive for SW Florida. Class includes when to plant, what to plant, basic sprays, fertilizing, and more.
$17 for one class or two for $30 (lunch on your own).
Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, February 10: Tomatoes 1:30pm-3pm 
Rotary Park, Cape Coral
Learn what is required to successfully grow tomatoes in SW Florida including selecting a variety, planting, disease, sprays, insects, and fertilizing.
$17 for one class or two for $30 (lunch on your own).
Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, February 17: Cabbages? 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, March 31: To Be Determined 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, April 7: VegHeads 4-H youth discuss growing peppers 1pm
East County Regional Library, Lehigh Acres
FREE

Saturday, April 14: To Be Determined 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, May 5: To Be Determined 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, June 2: Prepping the Garden for Summer 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, June 16: Summer Vegetable Gardening 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, June 30: To Be Determined 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

Saturday, July 14: To Be Determined 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.





Topics Karen Talks About...

  • Crash Course in Veggie Gardening
    A super-packed class overview on what it takes to be successful growing food in SW Florida.
    Save money learning from Karen's mistakes. OVERVIEW includes healthy soil, fertilizer choices, timing planting, irrigation, easy and difficult crops, and so much more. 
  • Growing TOMATOES
    It is very satisfying growing your own tomatoes, however they can be a challenge to home gardeners here in SW Florida. This intensive class provides you with lowdown of what is required to successfully grow tomatoes in SW Florida. Do YOU have what it takes?
  • Organic Gardening   
    Being organic does not mean DO NOTHING. Learn about preventative control, bad insects that visit our gardens, what transports disease to our plants, where to look for breeding insects, and what to do when you find them. Humane choices for insect control are also discussed.
  • Growing Food in Summer
    Summer gardening is challenging but not impossible in SW Florida. Plenty of sub-tropical plants succeed in abundance in our hot and humid summers. Should you do not like your summer options, we will also discuss how to prepare your garden for your Fall crops.

  • Propagating Tomatoes
    Simply stated: learn how to properly save seed or make cuttings from the best darn tomato you have ever grown. Don't let the good one get away. The rest of us are depending on you!  
  • Easy Gardening. Learn how to grow easy food instead of struggling with plants that just won't produce here or are labor intensive. Know when to plant, what to plant, basic sprays, fertilizing and more.
  • Companion Planting: FACTS not Folklore
    Help your garden grow by learning what plants poison other plants, fertilize other plants, battle insects, fight disease, and attract beneficial insects.
  • Root knot nematodes: kill, kill, kill
    Learn what RKN symptoms are and how to keep this unwanted guest from taking over your garden.
  • Grow your OWN Vitamins
    Are you growing the most nutritious plants to eat? Learn what plants contain the most vitamins and minerals and which ones we really shouldn’t be bothering with. 
  • Veggie Gardening in Containers
    How to grow edibles on your lanai or balcony. We will discuss containers, soil, fertilizing, watering, supporting, rotating, and MORE. 
  • EASY to Grow Nutritious Microgreens 
    No matter where you live, you can grow microgreens indoors or out. Learn how to inexpensively grow these vitamin packed greens.