Are you looking to grow your own food this year? Yarducopia is continuing its series of one-hour, beginning-level classes with some repeats, some new offerings. Each class will run from 7-8pm on Thursdays, and cost $10. All proceeds will help fund Yarducopia, which creates gardening and community-building opportunities in Anchorage. These are small, hands-on classes that are limited to the first 8 people to sign up, so we will have plenty of time to answer your burning questions! All classes are held in midtown Anchorage at 505 W. Northern Lights. You may attend one or all of the classes. Sign up by following the class links below, first come, first served! We will offer more classes when this series is over: repeats of the popular ones, more advanced level classes, hands-on outdoor classes, etc. If you have suggestions for a class, leave it in the comments!:
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7-8pm Organic Seed Starting
Tired of the winter blahs, or want to surprise your valentine with some seedlings? Let’s get our green on! It’s not too early to start your garden leeks and onions and a few other herbs inside! Learn when and how to start vegetable plants inside your house to be ready to go outside in the spring for a bountiful harvest! We will start some alliums and herbs that you can take home with you!
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7-8pm Planning your Organic Vegetable Garden
Learn what vegetables grow well in Anchorage and how to plan your garden and what seeds to order. Learn how to interplant veggies, flowers, perennials, and herbs for maximum garden health. Learn why your broccoli and cauliflower don’t head up right. We’ll introduce some permaculture design principals and techniques and show you how to use them in a kitchen garden design. Take home a colorful paper model of your garden for this year.
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7-8pm Food Forest Gardening
Go beyond organic! Growing food forests mimics nature’s built in ways of nourishing plants to make a garden that requires less digging, planting, weeding, and fertilizing and has fewer pests. We will talk about choosing fruit trees, berry bushes, perennial and annual flowers and vegetables that all work well when planted together and how to buy, plant, and care for them. If you’ve heard of permaculture, this is one great application for your backyard!
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7-8pm How to Hot Compost
Come learn how important compost is to your organic garden and how you can safely and cleanly compost all of your organic waste! We will talk about commercial and home-made bins, discuss theory, give an almost fool-proof recipe, troubleshoot common problems and answer your questions.