July 11 - Composting - Learn how to make “black gold” by turning grass, leaves and clippings into dark brown, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner. Compost also holds moisture and nutrients for the garden so flowers and vegetables are more beautiful and abundant. Join Joe and the Master Gardener Compost team for the full story on compost. Starting Fall Vegetable Garden – Now is the time to plan to have fall salad greens and sweet root crops growing for weeks beyond the first frost. Get tips from Cooks’ Garden Master Gardener Volunteers to help you extend your vegetable season long beyond the heat of summer.
August 8 - What’s that Weed? Get help for identifying those troublesome weeds in your lawn and garden. Sniff your way through the Fragrance garden with wise, Ruth Johnston as she shares wisdom and experiences with plant selection and care in this beautiful garden bed.
September 12 - Fall chores in the garden – Join Master Gardener Volunteers as they prepare for fall and winter in the garden. Topics for discussion include clean up, plant division, soil preparation. Fall Cover Crops in the Cooks Garden – Cover crops protect soil from erosion and enhance soil productivity and health, yielding better vegetables. Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners show you how. MGPW Plant Sale – Add some new plants to your fall garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden
October 10 - Living Soil - Healthy soil is a web, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates, building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plants, and decomposing toxic compounds. Learn about the necessary elements of a healthy soil web. Join the Cooks’ Garden team and learn seed saving tips.