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Special Spring Events
The Thunder Bird Show!
March 29, 11 am
If you’ve never seen this amazing bird show, you’ve been missing something. Please plan to join us!
Easter Egg Hunt!
April 19, 11 am
Bring the kids! Ten and under can hunt for eggs filled with candy. Come early and line up by age group!
2014 Gardening Classes at Wilmore
Check back frequently as we’ll be adding more classes. Most of our classes are free and some popular ones will repeat on different days. If a class requires a fee, you can pay for it at your first class. We also have a special Beekeeping class and a Sustainable Landscaping course available this spring.
Growing Turf Grass in Colorado
Saturdays:March 15, 10 am; April 12, 1 pm
Learn these best practices for growing healthy turf grass even in drought conditions. We’ll discuss watering techniques that train your turf to survive watering restrictions and we’ll show you how to rejuvenate your lawn by adding seed to bare spots or even over-seeding a larger area. We’ll give you tips on which seed to use and how to ensure successful germination. Common lawn problems and their remedies will also be included in the discussion.
Sunday, March 23, 1 pm
Create a miniature garden sure to enchant any fairy or small child. (Big ones too!) We have all the necessary plants that will form your hedges, trees and vines. Choose just the right miniature benches, wells, arbors and stones to create a path. We’ll show you how to put it all together in the demonstration, and tell you how to care for your indoor garden. All ages are welcome.
Saturday, March 29, 10 am
One of the most important things you can do right now is to amend your soil. Plants won’t grow if their roots are stuck in heavy clay or porous sand. We’ll discuss how to turn our native Colorado soil into a suitable growing medium.
Caring for Orchids
Sunday, April 6, 1 pm
If you’ve ever thought about bringing home an exotic orchid to brighten your home, now is the time to do it! Orchids are easier to grow than you might think. We’ll discuss all the growing requirements: watering, feeding, sunlight, and soil. Bring your questions!
Growing Small Fruits and Berries
Saturday, April 12, 10 am
Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries and grapes are easy to grow along the Front Range. Blueberries are possible, too, but have special requirements. These crops have the added benefit of being perennial so plant them once and you’ll harvest for years to come. We’ll discuss the planting and pruning of each crop and give you harvest tips, too.
Sunday, April 13, 1 pm
Houseplants are a great addition to any home or office, even if you don’t have a sunny window. Come with a description of your area (amount of light, how much space you have, etc) and we will find the perfect plant for you! We will cover everything in this class from re-potting, proper watering and fertilization, to lighting and pest control. Please come with questions.
Cool Season Veggies
Saturday, April 19, 10 am
It’s time to plant leafy greens and root crops! Cold hardy spinach, lettuce, radishes, beets, turnips, kale and more can be planted now. We’ll show you how to plant for optimal germination and give you tips for growing good food ahead of our traditional last-frost date.
How to Make Your Own Compost
Saturday, April 26, 10 am
Our Colorado soils are notoriously low in organic matter (OM). Good quality compost is an important addition to your entire landscape. It adds essential nutrients and organic matter to the soil that improves the health and drought resistance of flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs and lawns. We sell a wide range of high-quality compost here at Wilmore, but did you know you can make your own? Start turning scraps into valuable nutrients for your garden. We’ll discuss the different compost bins available and what to put in them. It’s important to get the mix right to encourage materials to break down and avoid odors. We’ll also briefly discuss worm composting (that’s composting with worms, not composting the worms.)
Beginning Organic Vegetable Gardening Series
This series of four classes is designed for anyone who has ever thought about starting a garden but wasn’t sure where to start. Or, perhaps you already have a garden but it hasn’t yielded the bounty you expected. We’ll take you through the entire spring and summer growing season and right into harvest so you’ll get all your questions answered as they come up. Each class will last about 75 minutes. Bring a notepad and pen. We’ll provide handouts.
Cost: Each individual class is $10 or sign up for the series for $25. Bonus: Pay for the series and get a Wilmore Preferred Customer Card good for 10 percent off all purchases for an entire year.
Class 1: Plot Building and Soil Prep
Saturdays: March 22, 10 am
What is the best location for your vegetable garden? How big should it be? Should you build raised beds? We’ll cover all the questions you need answered so you can start planning your first vegetable garden. One of the most important things you can do right now is to amend your soil. We’ll discuss how to turn our native Colorado soil into a suitable growing medium.
Class 2: Vegetable Garden Design or What to Plant Where
Saturdays: April 5 or May 3, 10 am
So much to grow and too little space to grow it in! How can we get the most production from our plot? How much space does corn need? Can I plant herbs with my vegetables? This class will explore the concepts of companion planting, succession planting, vertical gardening and square-foot gardening. We’ll also touch on irrigation design.
Class 3: Vegetable Plant Care through the Summer
Saturday, June 21, 10 am
Now that everything is planted, it’s time to just sit back and wait for the bounty to come rolling in, right? No! Different crops have different needs so we’ll get specific. For example, tomatoes need staking, but bush beans don’t. Vining crops, like cucumbers and squash, can take over your plot so you’ll need to prune. Leafy greens are prone to leaf miner bugs, and powdery mildew will likely visit your squash and cucumber plants. We’ll dig into topics such as fertilizing, mulching, watering, and how to defeat bug and disease problems.
Class 4: Harvesting Your Vegetable Garden
Saturday, August 9, 10 am
Is it ripe yet? When should I dig the potatoes? Are the beans supposed to be that color? If I wait, will it get bigger? This class will explore when and how to harvest all your favorite garden veggies (and any unusual ones you’ve planted, too). We’ll also discuss easy storage and preserving solutions for any crops you just can’t eat quickly enough. (Hint, sick of zucchini? Let it grow and enter it into our Giant Zucchini Contest in September.)