Some great garden-related classes going on this weekend in SW Seattle

Seattle Tilth always has great stuff going on, including their first-ever Spring Edible Plant Sale at Magnuson Park on Saturday (which I happen to be going to on my way to another event). But since I live in West Seattle, these additional events also caught my attention. Good stuff to know, worth your time. I participated in Tilth’s COG class in 2004 (Comprehensive Organic Gardener) and go to their edible plant sale in May almost every year.
So this weekend ~
WHAT: Grow Great Garden Soil
WHEN: March 27; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
WHERE: South Seattle Community College, West Seattle Campus, Olympic Hall Room 105, 6000 16th Ave. SW. Seattle, WA 98106

Tasty and nutritious plants require healthy soil that is full of life and nutrients. This class will introduce techniques that enhance the life of your soil so that you get the most out of your garden. We will cover four seasons of soil building methods including cover crops and nitrogen fixing plants; fertility rotations, no dig methods, soil testing, animal manures, sheet mulching and using organic amendments.

COST: $30 for Tilth members, $40 non-members. Advance registration and payment is required. For more information and to register, visit: www.seattletilth.org

WHAT: Lawn to Lettuce
WHEN: March 27; 10-11 a.m.
WHERE: St. James Annex, 9421 18th S.W., Seattle, WA 98106

Learn different techniques for taking out that old, boring sod and putting in your new garden beds. This class will cover the tools and materials needed to either dig out the sod or sheet mulch over existing lawn. You will also learn what veggies you can plant now to fill your salad bowl later this spring.

COST: $15 for Seattle Tilth and Community Harvest of SW Seattle members, $18 non-members. Advance registration and payment are required. For more information and to register, visit: www.seattletilth.org

WHAT: Season Extension – Cold frames, Cloches, Mulch and More
WHEN: March 27; noon-2 p.m.
WHERE: St. James Annex, 9421 18th S.W., Seattle, WA 98106

Use of season extension techniques is one of the best tools gardeners can use to extend their growing season and harvest year round. With the use of cloches, cold frames, row cover and other techniques gardeners can warm the soil and air allowing plants to grow and thrive earlier than they would unprotected. This class is perfect for beginning gardeners who want to learn techniques for planting earlier in the spring, later in the fall, and growing better heat crops in the summer. Learn what you can plant now to get a jump on the season!

COST: $25 for Seattle Tilth and Community Harvest of SW Seattle members, $35 non-members. Advance registration and payment are required. For more information and to register, visit: www.seattletilth.org

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