Education

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Classes and workshops are held by SEMGV and Stokes Extension throughout the year. Past topics have been raised bed gardening, irrigation, solitary bee houses, and vermicomposting.

Our Planting Guide is a two page PDF file that lists the vegetables, suggested varieties and when to plant. When printing this gardening aid, use “landscape” for page orientation.

We have an annual Seed Swap at the King Farmers Market in mid-April. Click here to see our Seed Swap information, which also includes how to save seeds and the average life expectancy.

Beneficial Bug houses are a great way to help the pollinators, which in turn helps secure growing our food!  They are fun to make, too!

What to Compost is a colorful one page PDF file that shows the normal and the unusual things to compost. It also covers what note to compost.

How to use the Florida Weave / Basket Weave to Tie-Up Tomatoes.  This video demonstrates the use of poles and weaving twine instead of using tomato cages. The video is by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. When the plants are upright and well-spaced, it is easier to get air flow and have the branches high off the ground to reduce diseases.  Additional tips would be:

  • For indeterminate tomatoes, use 6-7 foot poles. The end pole should be a stronger stake such as a metal T post. 
  • When the plants are about 12-15″ tall, begin the weave at 12″ off the ground.
  • Repeat the weave every 12-18″ as the plants grow taller.

How to build a Vertical Pallet Garden is a fun project! There is one at our SEEDS Garden in King. Growing a Greener World has step-by-step instructions plus a link to their episode 221: “Living Walls”.  Another source is a Youtube video that shows how Chef Janie Pendleton builds her vertical pallet garden. Some ideas of what to plant would be the vast array of herbs, microgreens, lettuce, spinach, peas, strawberries and small or trailing flowers!
    Caution: Use pallets marked HT (heat treated), KD (Kiln-dried), (DB) debarked or IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention). IPPC pallets are specially treated to not carry invasive insect species or plant diseases, but safe for handling and re-use. Never use one marked (MB) Methyl bromide, which is a toxic pesticide.