Spring Garden Workshops

  • Workshops are $20 p/person. Bursaries are available if cost is a barrier. Email programs@LTCES.ca and we will be happy to set you up with a free registration.
  • Workshops take place at Lake Trail Community School (805 Willemar Ave., Courtenay)
  • Proceeds help to support free programs for our community! 
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The Weather-wise Gardener

Thursday, February 29, from 6:30-8:30pm 

Unseasonal weather can have a devastating effect on your garden. Early heat; late frost; spring storms; anything is possible. Responding to unpredictable conditions and rapid weather changes is crucial to success.

Specific techniques for safeguarding your produce and strategies for coping with varying conditions and will be explored. Timing seeding and transplanting, choosing vigorous starts; setting out and protecting transplants, and weather protection options for all seasons will be discussed.

Facilitated by Elaine Codling. Elaine Codling is a Permaculture Design Consultant and lifelong organic food gardener. She teaches classes in permaculture, gardening, and garden design. She believes that food spaces should be productive and delightful, and that the natural abundance of a well managed garden can be restorative to the land and to the people.

REGISTER NOW!

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Spring Pruning Workshop - Off school site - Cancelled

Sunday, March 3, from 10:00am-12:00pm. 

** If poor weather, the workshop will be moved to Sunday, March 17.

There is much to consider when pruning your fruit trees and vines. Learn the importance of pruning objectives and strategies, and how to maintain the health and aesthetics of your trees. You will come away with pruning basics which you can put into action in your own yard to help your plants thrive!

Facilitated by Aaron Wurts. Aaron Wurts is a ISA-certified arborist, certified tree risk assessor, and certified landscape horticulturist. He has been working with trees and people for 23 years, across a broad scope including pruning, removals, planting, integrated pest management, hazard tree assessment, inventory, and abatement work. Through his business, Grow Tree Care, Aaron has worked in formal gardens, strata/commercial properties, municipalities, and development projects. 

CANCELLED

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Backyard Composting

Thursday, March 7, from 6:30-8:30pm 

Composting makes use of waste and livens up soil. And it’s easy to do! But there are some obstacles to overcome – fear of rats, smells and work being the main ones. Come learn the secrets of safely and quickly making rich nutritious compost out of your kitchen and yard waste. Learn why, how, where, when, and what. Where should I set up my bin? Can I compost cooked food? Do I need an activator? And what about those vexing compostable bags? Bring your questions for this lively discussion!

Facilitated by Joyce McMenamon. Joyce McMenamon is a Master Composter, an Organic Master Gardener, and has been making rich wormy compost for longer than she cares to admit. She owns Fresh Earth Products which makes the metal Speedibin composters. An avid food gardener, her happy place is helping others make compost successfully and safely.

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Seed Starting 101

Thursday, March 14, from 6:30-8:30pm 

Have you ever wanted to start your own plants from seed but don’t know where to start? Or have your attempts at growing seedlings resulted in skinny, leggy plants? Farmer and garden instructor Arzeena Hamir will help demystify the technique, recommending equipment that’s already in your home or recycling bin.

Facilitated by Arzeena Hamir. Arzeena Hamir has a love for food and community and brings these two passions together through her work as an organic farmer and food security activist. She received her undergrad in Crop Science and her Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture. Arzeena has worked internationally with small scale farmers in Jamaica, India, Thailand, and Bangladesh and in BC with West Coast Seeds, UBC, Richmond Food Security Society, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She and her husband moved their family to the Comox Valley in 2012 and run Amara Farm, a 25-acre certified organic farm in Courtenay, BC.

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Growing Great Tomatoes

Thursday, April 11, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm 

There are more than 3,000 varieties of heirloom or heritage tomatoes in the world. Most of the tomatoes available in average grocery stores are bred to last long and travel well. However, texture and flavour are sometimes neglected.

The solution? Learn to grow your own tomatoes from organic farmer Arzeena Hamir. Topics will include selecting the right variety for you, determinate vs indeterminate types, fertility requirements, and disease prevention.

Facilitated by Arzeena Hamir. Arzeena Hamir has a love for food and community and brings these two passions together through her work as an organic farmer and food security activist. She received her undergrad in Crop Science and her Master’s in Sustainable Agriculture. Arzeena has worked internationally with small scale farmers in Jamaica, India, Thailand, and Bangladesh and in BC with West Coast Seeds, UBC, Richmond Food Security Society, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She and her husband moved their family to the Comox Valley in 2012 and run Amara Farm, a 25-acre certified organic farm in Courtenay, BC.

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Edible Landscaping and Ornamental Kitchen Gardens

Thursday, April 18, from 6:30-8:30pm 

Get ready to move out of the back yard and into the sun.

Cottage gardens make the most of small spaces, combining beauty and productivity. Harmonious blends of food, flowers, and herbs can increase the health and vigour of plants, improve pollination, and discourage pests.

Perennial beds and companion planting are the themes for this session.

Facilitated by Elaine Codling. Elaine Codling is a Permaculture Design Consultant and lifelong organic food gardener. She teaches classes in permaculture, gardening, and garden design. She believes that food spaces should be productive and delightful, and that the natural abundance of a well managed garden can be restorative to the land and to the people.

REGISTER NOW!