Montgomery County Vegetable Gardening Classes and Events

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2015 Classes and Ask A MG Plant Clinics

The following events are scheduled in Montgomery County.  For more information, please contact Terri Valenti at mc.growit@gmail.com

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Date Time Details Fee Location
Feb. 21, 2015 8:30am- 2:30pm Adapt, Evolve, Engage: gardening strategies for today and beyond, the Master Gardeners of Montgomery County's 15th Annual Spring Gardening Conference. Please join the MGs of Montgomery County as we present talks on timely gardening topics!  

$55 (includes lunch)

register

University of Maryland Extension Montgomery County Office, 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood, MD

Mar. 19, 2015

7:30pm- 8:30pm

Introduction to Organic Food Gardening

What plants should you grow? How much compost should you use, and when? Do you need a raised bed? How do you deal with those darned stink bugs and other pests? This workshop is for beginning and intermediate food gardeners who want to learn more about the best organic methods to grow beautiful, delicious, healthy food in a home or community garden. We will discuss site and plant selection, soil preparation, planting with the seasons, dealing with pests and diseases, and more.

register

Sligo Ave. Neighborhood Park
500 Sligo Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Mar 28, 2015

3:30-
4:30 pm

Vegetable Gardening – Why do it?  How do I start?

Why will creating a vegetable garden be a positive thing for you now? How can gardening help your budget? What plants should you grow? What should you do with the harvest? This workshop is for beginning food gardeners who want to learn more about the best organic methods to grow beautiful, delicious, healthy food in a home or community garden. We will discuss site and plant selection, soil preparation, planting with the seasons, and more.

register

Long Branch Library
8800 Garland Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901

April 18, 2015

9:00 am -
1:30 pm

Grow It Eat It Spring Open House

  • Basic vegetable gardening, intensive vegetable gardening, growing herbs for tea, growing mushrooms, Bee Keeping, low-maintenance fruit trees, growing grapes for wine, worm composting, Tomato Grafting
  • Gardening activities for  children
  • Girl Scout Junior Gardener Badge program
  • Boy Scout Gardening and Plant Science Merit Badge programs
  • Demonstrations in our garden 
  • Experts to answer edible gardening questions and help plan this year’s garden.
  • Seed swap

Large Plant sale – Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers!

Open House Flyer

Lunch is available for pre-purchase - click here

Swap Procedures .doc

Register for Boy Scout programs | Boy Scout Merit Badges Flyer

Register for Girl Scout programs | Girl Scout Gardener Badge Flyer

Register for Vegetable (tomato) grafting:

Grafting - 9am class

Grafting - 12:30pm class 

FREE with no registration for most of the event-donations welcome.

Agricultural History Farm Park
18410 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Apr 26, 2015

2:30-
3:30 pm

Organic Vegetable Gardening

What plants should you grow?  How do you handle pests?  How do you make your existing garden more productive? This workshop is for beginning and intermediate food gardeners who want to learn more about the best organic methods to grow beautiful, delicious, healthy food in a home or community garden; discussion of site and plant selection, soil preparation, planting with the seasons, dealing with pests and diseases, and more.

register

Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

August 1, 2015

8:30am-
1pm 

Grow It Eat It Open House

  • Tomato Tasting!  Come taste many types of tomatoes, bring your garden's tomatoes, and tomato seeds
  • Attend classes - Stop Animals from Eating your Garden, How to Prevent Insect and Disease in the Vegetable Garden, Low Tunnel Construction for Fall/Winter Vegetable Gardening, Establishing a School Garden*, and Food Preservation* (*Note: registration required)
  • Programs for children (*Note: registration required)
  • Experts will answer edible gardening questions
  • View our garden and attend the demonstrations in the garden
  • Plant Sale!

FREE - No registration (besides Food Preservation, Establishing a School Garden, and Children's programs)

Register for Food Preservation, School Gardening, and Children's programs

Children's programs:

FREE -
no registration
(besides food preservation classes)

Register for Food Preservation classes (coming soon)

Montgomery County Extension Office

Events held at Montgomery County Extension Offices, 18410 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD.

Grow it, Eat It, Preserve It workshops demonstrate recommended water bath and pressure canning methods focusing on food safety, proper canning equipment and tested recipes. Cost is $35 and includes handouts, fruit/vegetables, lids and jars, and use of canning equipment. Also, included in your registration fee is a food preservation cookbook with updated tested recipes and in-depth information for both the new and experienced food preserver, including information on water bath and pressure canning, pickling, jams and jellies, freezing and drying.

For more information, contact Terri Valenti, Montgomery County Master Gardener, Grow It Eat It Coordinator

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