Exciting Demonstrations

The focus this year is on hands-on demonstrations!  Don’t miss these….
Beneficials in the Vegetable Garden :  Garden Not all bugs are bad! Come join us for a 30 minute presentation about the GOOD bugs in your yard and learn how they help you and your plants. This presentation will be “kid friendly,” but adults will enjoy learning facts about helpful critters as well. Presented by Master Gardener Bob Stampp, who was a public school teacher for 41 years.
Building and Using A Coldframe:  Lou Menendez will demonstrate how cold frames create microclimates that provide several degrees of air and soil temperature insulation, and shelter from wind. In our region, these characteristics allow plants to be started earlier in the spring, and to survive longer into the fall and winter.
Compost Tea:  Karlyn Sturmer, Master Gardener and Master Composter, will demonstrate how to put together a simple set-up to make compost tea, using well-finished compost  or vermicompost.  The finished product, which takes only 2 days to brew, is a concentrated liquid full of beneficial microorganisms and nutrients that can be used as a foliar spray or a soil drench.  Compost tea keeps plants healthier and helps them fight off potential diseases.
 Demonstration Garden:  An overview of the demonstration garden that  highlights the various planting methods used and overall strategies.  There will be opportunities to ask questions about vegetable and fruit gardening.  Multiple Master Gardeners will take groups through the garden.
Hot Composting:   Karlyn Sturmer, Master Gardener and Master Composter, will show you how to identify carbon (brown) vs. nitrogen (green) materials and how to mix them in the right ratio and with the right amount of moisture to create temperatures reaching 150 degrees.  By learning about building a hot compost pile, you will also understand how to make your own cold compost pile (the method most of us use at home) break down a little more efficiently and quickly with just a small amount of effort.
Self Watering Container Gardening:  Marsha Scherr will demonstrate and discuss self watering containers for veggies and/or flowers.