Riverwood Course for Home Gardeners: Planting from Seeds

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.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Home Gardening Course @ Riverwood: Week #1 on Basic Plant Science Held April 1st

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.