Events & Activities

With spring fast approaching, many of us are ordering seeds, marking our calendars for starting those seeds, and hoping our compost pile can supply enough for soil amendments for our gardens. On the checklist, add The Garden Patch series. This series offers five weeks of classes specific to vegetable gardening topics. All classes take place on Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30pm. The Agricultural and Natural Resource Center is located at 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg.

The Garden Patch will give you an opportunity to gather information to make your vegetable garden successful spring through fall. The first session, March 10, focuses on information for the beginner gardener. Youíll learn about general information to get your vegetable garden started. After attending this class, you should be armed with enough knowledge to start digging as well as a great Penn State publication on Vegetables. The fee for this class is $20.00.

The more you learn about plants, the more you need to know! In the vegetable world, itís very important to understand plant families and what grows well together. Soil and its attributes are the basis for all successful gardening. In addition to good soil composition in the garden, understanding what particular plants need will help in determining what crops to grow, and when to grow them.

This next session focuses on those plant families, succession gardening and plant companions. After attending this session on March 17, you should walk away with knowledge of soil management, succession planting, and inter-planting. Those terms will become familiar to you after attending this class. For $15.00, this class includes handouts that will offer a great resource as you continue gardening.

On March 24 we will talk about the spring vegetable garden. What kinds of plants grow best in cooler temperatures, how soon you can start, and what types of insect and disease issues you may encounter through the early spring and spring growing season will be discussed. We will cover information about starting seeds, timing, and transplants. After attending this class, you will be well prepared to begin spring crops. We will be starting seeds in this class so you can begin your season now. This class is $15.00.

March 31 we progress to the summer crops. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and melons have their own set of issues. Weather plays an important role in our summer crops, and depending on what nature serves, we could have an easy growing season or not.

Since many summer crops are vining, we will touch on vertical planting and management of those crops. Understanding the size and weight of the plants and fruit determine what kind of structure you may want to build to prepare for these yummy vegetables. This class is $15.00 to attend.

April 7 will we wrap up with vegetable gardening in the fall. For $10.00, you will learn about particular crops good for growing this time of year, as well as simple ways that we can extend our gardening season. Row covers and low tunnels are two of these methods to keep your fall crops growing.

In this series, you can pick and choose which classes you would like to attend, or attend all five for a reduced rate of $60.00. As a bonus to attending all classes in the series, you will receive an additional Penn State publication on Diseases of Vegetables.