Soil, Planting and Nurturing Your Garden Webinar
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series. From February 11 to April 15, 2021, I am proud to be hosting the spring gardening classes for the Payson Community Garden in northern Gila County. You are invited to join us and learn along with Payson’s community gardeners. Classes include soil building and its great benefits, ways to have healthy plants throughout the garden season, how to keep bugs and disease away, and harvesting at the right time. Presenters will be available for Q&A to discuss applying practices to your situation.
Featured Topic: Soil, Planting and Nurturing Your Garden Webinar
Featured Speaker: Dan McEuen, Payson Community Gardener: Dan and his wife have been active participants at the Payson Community Garden for five years. He was a complete beginner at vegetable gardening when four years ago. He has learned much over the past several years, mostly by trial and error and gleaning valuable knowledge from other experienced gardeners at the community garden. He started with one garden plot and now has four.
Webinar Overview: Dan will be discussing how he takes care of his soil, his planting techniques and how to nurture the garden. He begins his garden planning each spring by testing and physically examining the soil, and sectioning his garden layout horizontally and vertically according to which crops he will be planting, including where and when he will be planting. Dan takes into consideration crop rotation and succession planting, and water system layout. He will describe how he amends his my soil based on its needs. He uses only organic mulches, composts, alfalfa pellets, and seasoned horse manure. Dan will explain the purpose and benefits of each of these amendments, and how to work these amendments into the soil. He will go over his concept of the what, where, and when of planting, giving examples of the vegetable crops he likes to grow. Dan will also demonstrate which organic post-planting organic fertilizers he uses as the seedlings come up and begin to grow, including how he mixes and applies them near the plants. Lastly, Dan discusses the importance of being in the garden regularly to nurture, watch, water, thin and pull weeds. Finally, he'll share about the rewards of harvest.
Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension
Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/81574967741 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.