Beginner Vegetable Gardener Series

Instructors: Phipps Conservatory Staff

Tuesdays: March 23 and 30, April 6, 13 and 20 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Full series: $95 members | $110 nonmembers

Presented as a live webinar through Zoom

Indoor Seed Starting | Gabe Tilove 

Tues., March 23

Starting your transplants indoors gives you a head-start when warm weather hits and allows you greater control over the variety and quality of your plants. Learn the steps and equipment you need to successfully start and care for vegetable annual seedlings. Plus, discuss heirloom and hybrid seed qualities and how to troubleshoot seedling problems that commonly occur.

Spring Vegetable Gardening | Allison Glick

Tues., March 30

Don’t wait until Mother’s Day to plant your garden — make use of the spring season and plant cold-weather crops that can give you an early start or extra harvest in your garden this season. Explore the best crops for early planting and discuss cold weather crop protection strategies. 

Build and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden | Gabe Tilove 

Tues., April 6

Raised beds offer a number of advantages over typical in-ground garden beds, including improved drainage, greater control over soil and fertility, and easier weed and critter control. Explore the range of materials you can use to build raised beds and best practices for filling and maintain them. This presentation will also briefly cover trellising, season extension and fencing options. 

Organic Vegetable Garden Basics | Gabe Tilove and Allison Glick 

Tues., April 13

Learn the essentials of planning and caring for a vegetable garden using organic methods, including how to arrange your crops within your space using the square-foot-gardening method, when and how to plant seeds and seedlings, how to water, and how to minimize weeds, pests and disease. A step-by-step worksheet for creating your own plan will be included.

Perennial Fruits for the Home Garden | Juliette Olshock

Tues., April 20

Fruits are one of the most satisfying crops you can grow at home. Learn the differences between types of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, and how to purchase, plant and maintain them. An overview of other less common fruits will also be included.