By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Saturday the 18th is the third Saturday of the month – and that means it’s time for another Organic Gardening 101 workshop at North Florida Community College’s Green Industries Institute in Monticello.
Last month’s workshop looked at various warm weather crops suitable for North Florida. This month’s workshop will show you how to get your soil ready to get the best results possible from what you plant.
Claire Mitchell, Sustainable Agriculture Programs Manager at Green Industries, will be teaching the workshop, “Building Healthy Soil,” helping you learn ways to feed your soil, not the plant. “In conventional gardening, people use chemical fertilizers to feed the plant,” said Mitchell. “But those fertilizers do nothing for the soil in the long run.”
Healthy soil is key to a healthy garden. Saturday’s workshop will cover things like how to build a compost pile to turn those kitchen scraps and yard waste into building blocks for a healthy, robust soil for your garden, how to start a worm bin and even how to use cover crops to sustain your soil between gardening periods.
The three-hour workshop is $25, and participants are asked to pre-register online at the Green Industries Institute website: http:// www.ncff.edu/green-industries/organic-gardening-101.
NFCC Green Industries Institute is located at 2729 West Washing Street (West Hwy 90) in Monticello, about three miles west of the courthouse, on the left hand side of the road.
For more information about the workshops, check out the above website, contact Claire Mitchell at NFCC Green Industries Institute, (850) 973-1701, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.