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Tomato Day is Saturday!

Did you realize that Tomato Day is this Saturday? If you’ve never attended, this is a great year to give it a try! Of course, we welcome back any multi-year attendees as well! 

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2014 Grow Good Food Workshop

Both beginning and advanced home food gardeners will find something to interest them at the 4th annual Grow Good Food Workshop. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 4-H Hall at 21st and Ridge Rd. in Wichita.

Cost of the class is $5 for all day. Register online at http://growgoodfood.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100.

The morning session of the workshop includes three classes on basic gardening topics. During the afternoon, attendees will have the choice between more advanced gardening topics and classes on preserving and cooking garden produce.

Morning Sessions

9 a.m. – Getting Started with a New Garden

10 a.m. – Choosing What to Plant

11 a.m. – Common Pests & Problems

Advanced Gardening

1 p.m. – Growing Heirlooms & Saving Seed

2 p.m. – Raised Bed Gardening

3 p.m. – Success with Squash & Vines

Cooking & Preserving

1 p.m. – Food Preservation 101

2 p.m. – Vegetables for Picky Eaters

3 p.m. – Equipment & Gadgets for Food Preservation

Register online at http://growgoodfood.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100. 

July Saturday Sampler on the 13th

Our next Saturday Sampler will be this coming Saturday, July 13th. We will begin at 9 a.m. in the classroom area of the Demonstration Garden. The topic for this month is Basil. We have several different varieties of basil in the garden this year, so we are going to be looking at those different types and how they could be used for healthful cooking in your kitchen.

Remember, the farmers market is going on, so you should plan a little extra time to park and walk to the garden area, if you aren’t going to come early and shop!

No registration is required and the class is free, so come on out!

Saturday Samplers

I know I’ve teased you and hinted at the Saturday Samplers programs a couple of different times and I keep forgetting to write a blog post about them.

This series is a way for you to come get a free “sample” of our gardening and cooking programs this summer! One Saturday a month we will be meeting at 9 a.m. in the Demonstration Garden at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center (21st St N & Ridge Rd) to feature growing and cooking a different vegetable or herb. Participants will learn cooking and nutrition tips, timely gardening tips, and get a tour of the demonstration garden.

All Saturday Samplers are free and no registration is required. The Kansas Grown! Farmers’ Market will be going on in the parking lot, so participants are encouraged to  plan accordingly.

Topics

April 6 – Grow Your Own Salad

May 4 – Herb Day

June 8 – Garlic & Shallots

July 13 – Beyond Basic Basil

July 27 – Tomato Day

August 17 – Eggplant

September 21 – Fall Root Vegetables

Topics may be subject to change due to what is happening in the garden, so watch the blog for updates as we get going!

Winter Storm Aftermath & Upcoming Events

Unfortunately, due to the amount of snow that piled up last week and the beginning of this week, I didn’t get more pictures of the garden until yesterday.

You can see that the snow on the beds nearest the building has already started melting significantly, but that the far end is still piled and drifted with snow. It should be a good amount of moisture (and protection) for the garlic and shallots for the time being. It’s kind of nice having a winter that looks like winter for a change.

Normally I would have a few teaser pictures from the Outdoor Living & Landscape Show to share, but again, I didn’t get my camera down there yet. I’ll probably have a few pictures next week. Meanwhile, you can find out anything pertinent about the show here: Outdoor Living & Landscape Show. The list of seminars is there as well.

The 3rd annual Grow Good Food Workshop is fast approaching! It will be on Saturday, March 23rd here at the Extension Office. You can see the schedule and register online at http://growgoodfood.eventbrite.com/