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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. 

***TENTATIVE Saturday, May 5: Prepping the Garden for Summer 9-10am
Karen's Garden
$10. Bring a young person 8-18 with you and you both are FREE.

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

***The reason these are tentative is that my insurance company has disappeared off the face of the earth. 

So what happens to your $10? 
Most simply stated: It pays for "stuff" so that I can provide free classes to educate youth on growing food. Those items include an unavoidable annual report fee plus insurance payments for workshops at my home garden.

Grow A Gardener Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with a Federal ID: 47-2813415


Lee County Master Gardeners Present
YOUTH SUMMER GARDENING CAMP DAY

LIMITED to 30 participants.

Lee County Master Gardeners, Lee County 4-H, and Lee Parks and Recreation are hosting a Youth Gardening Camp Day on Thursday, July 12th from 9am–3pm at the Lee County 4-H Building located at 2000 N Recreation Park Way in North Fort Myers. The 4-H Building is located on the property between the football fields. The workshop is open to youth ages 9-18 and 4-H membership is not required. COST: $15. The camp fee includes all supplies plus pizza lunch.

This year's theme will be INSECTS in the garden including bees, butterflies, and caterpillars. In addition, each youth will make an origami seed packet, seed tape, melon seed craft, newspaper pots, and more.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/youth-summer-gardening-camp-day-tickets-43827467134

For more information contact Lee County 4-H Agent Cathy Suggs at 239.850.4175 or Lee County Master Gardener Karen Harty at 610.530.8883.


CITRUS CLASS
I will be teaching 4-H youth and parent Citrus how-to for SWFL Fair on Saturday, September 29th 2018 at Veterans Park Rec Center in Lehigh from 10am to 3pm. This is a Master Gardener level class in an easy-to-understand presentation filled with tons of information on growing citrus in SWFL. Donations and discounts allow youth to be purchase a tree, pot, soil, fertilizer, and spray at a discounted price to enter fair. There were over 100 participants last year.
Adult NON-4H attendees: Suggested donation is $20 for the class only. Trees will be available for purchase directly from a nurseryman (cash only). Bring your own lunch.


TOMATO CLASS
I will be teaching 4-H youth and parent Tomato how-to for SWFL Fair on Saturday, October 27th 2018 at Veterans Park Rec Center in Lehigh from 10am to 3pm. This is a Master Gardener level class in an easy-to-understand presentation filled with tons of information on growing tomatoes in SWFL. Donations and discounts allow youth to be purchase seeds, pot, soil, fertilizer, and spray at a discounted price to enter fair. This is our first year.
Adult NON-4H attendees: Suggested donation is $20 for the class only. Bring your own lunch.



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 CITRUSIt is very satisfying growing your own citrus, however citrus greening, disease and insects 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 citrus in SW Florida. Do YOU have what it takes?
  • 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.