MMGs Emma Chow and MJ Kucerak led the instruction with presentations on different kinds of pollinators and the plants that attract beneficial insects and pollinators to our gardens. As well, integrated pest management techniques were reviewed. Participants built and took home an insect hotel.
Enjoying the beautiful Spring flower display and learning more about plants from different climate zones
Discussion was led by MMGs MJ Kucerak, Martha Kantorczyk and Ren Chin
Particpants learned how to grow flowers and vegetables from seed and planted a flat of seeds to take home.
MMG Michelle Wilson was the instructor for the session, helped by Phyllis Hall, MJ Kucerak and David Pavanel.
Alice Bur lectures on the importance of soil
Martha Kantorczyk teaching about organic gardening
The first week of the MMG course at Riverwood Conservancy is in the books; 5 more weeks to go. We reached maximum registration of 20 students, with a wait list of several more. That tells us public interest runs high in learning the basics about home gardening in Mississauga.
In week #1, participants learned that good soil is the foundation of all gardening and the different aspects of soil structure and texture from Alice Bur.
Martha Kantorczyk spoke about what plants need to grow, including light, water, nutrition and how to diagnose deficiencies and excesses of all of these.
The prime mantra of the session was “Feed the soil…and the soil will feed the plant”, a motto we should all follow in our gardens.
The Riverwood Conservancy is sponsoring this course, which Mississauga Master Gardeners developed and are delivering for the next 5 weeks.
Future topics include: growing vegetables and planting seeds, pruning, pruning tools and their care, garden biodiversity.
Participants will also take part in two outings. At Centennial Conservatory, we will enjoy the spring flower display and then discuss different
plants growing conditions as we learned in the classroom earlier. On our final weekend session, we will meet at a nursery to learn how to choose the
right plant for the right site.
Our course will finish just in time for the gardening season to be in full swing, so our participants will be able to put their newly acquired garden
knowledge into practice right away.