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Weekly Gardener’s Exchange!

bunches_of_tomatoes_gardenswapSaturdays at 10am (excluding Sept. 20th) and runs through October.

Do you have too many beans and not enough tomatoes? Bring your garden bounty to the Peter Dreyfus garden at the Library on Saturdays at 10am and exchange produce, seeds, seedlings and garden stories with your Mill Valley neighbors.

The Library is partnering with Marin Open Garden Project to offer this weekly Gardener’s Exchange.

SeedSmart: Saving Seeds–Workshop & Seed Swap

poppy_seed_headSeedSmart: Saving Seeds – Workshop & Seed Swap  September 27th, 3:00 pm

The practice of saving seeds for future use is as old as cultivation. The fun art of saving seeds is the focus for this 1-hour hands-on workshop and seed swap. Participants will learn how retrieve, sort and store seeds. Please bring seed heads, pods, fruit, etc. for trade with others.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

About our instructor:  Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

The Living Ground: Soil Cultivation

Thursday, August 21st at 7pm

Take part in this primer on organic soil cultivation, from principles to practices. We’ll learn about the physical and biological properties of soil, including the intricate soil food web present in every healthy garden. Additional topics will include the use of compost, the growing and use of cover crops, and sheet mulching.

About our speaker:  Laura Nicoletti is a Marin County Master Gardener, member of the Marin Master Garden Pruning Guild, has a Sonoma State certification in Sustainable Landscaping, and is a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional.  Through her garden design business, she loves to teach her clients how to become stewards of the environment around them, cultivating sustainable gardens.  A native of Venice, Italy, Laura is an avid edible gardener and loves to use fresh ingredients in her cooking.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Gardening All Year: Prepping Your Garden for Fall

Saturday, August 16th at 1pm

When it comes to gardening, insects aren’t always pests. In fact, some insects, called “beneficials,” are actually a boon to gardeners. They prey on the pesky insects that gardeners don’t want, and they help to pollinate flowers and maintain soil health. This program will focus on the world of insects and their importance for watershed ecology, healthy gardens and the natural world. Topics covered will include the benefits of conservation biological control–a technique for integrating beneficial insects for natural pest control–and enhancing garden habitats with the right plant selection to attract beneficial insects.

About our speaker:  Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Gardening for Beneficials

Tuesday, July 29th at 7pm

When it comes to gardening, insects aren’t always pests. In fact, some insects, called “beneficials,” are actually a boon to gardeners. They prey on the pesky insects that gardeners don’t want, and they help to pollinate flowers and maintain soil health. This program will focus on the world of insects and their importance for watershed ecology, healthy gardens and the natural world. Topics covered will include the benefits of conservation biological control–a technique for integrating beneficial insects for natural pest control–and enhancing garden habitats with the right plant selection to attract beneficial insects.

About our speaker:  Laura Nicoletti is a Marin County Master Gardener, member of the Marin Master Garden Pruning Guild, has a Sonoma State certification in Sustainable Landscaping, and is a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional.  Through her garden design business, she loves to teach her clients how to become stewards of the environment around them, cultivating sustainable gardens.  A native of Venice, Italy, Laura is an avid edible gardener and loves to use fresh ingredients in her cooking.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Worms: the Hardest Working Pets You Will Ever Have

Saturday, July 19th at 1pm

Have a lot of food scraps?  Live in an apartment?  Worm composting is for you!  This hands-on workshop will teach you about the benefits and uses of worm compost. You will learn how to set up a bin, and we’ll discuss harvesting and best uses for this garden fertilizer.

About our speaker:  Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Sustainable Practices for Water-Wise Gardening

Tuesday, June 10th at 7pm

This hands-on class focuses on permaculture and sustainable techniques for your home garden. Topics such as sheet-mulching, the benefits of compost and mulch, bio-intensive edible gardening, hydrozoning, and native plants will be covered.

About our speaker:  Lori Caldwell is an Alameda County Master Composter, avid edible gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional. She has been happily teaching sustainable gardening classes all over the Bay Area since 2007.  Her mission is to connect people to the soil and all that it provides.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.

From Big to Small, Planting Seeds Can Be Fun

Saturday, April 19th
Creekside Room – 1:00pm
Registration encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.

Get a head start on your garden and learn how to grow your vegetables from seed in flats, 4” pots, and directly in the ground. Big-seeded peas, beans, melons, zukes and cukes are perfect for 4” containers and easy to start outside in our Spring weather. (Great for kids, too.) Home gardeners can start small-seeded veggies in flats and then transplant up to 4” containers. Learn what vegetables grow best directly sowed into the ground.

Outsmart your garden bugs and grow your veggies big before transplanting into the soil!

Click here to register.

BIO:

Norma Novy is an urban farmer and was co-owner of Mellinor Farms for four years, a plant nursery which grew seeds and plant starts for unique vegetables, edible flowers, insectary plants, and California natives. She has studied growing tomatoes for several years, increasing her harvest each year, as well as developing her own vegetable gardens in both front and back yards.

Art Lecture – The Cultivated Life: Gardens as Symbol and Reality

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Mill Valley Public Library
Creekside Room
7 PM (doors open at 6:45)

This illustrated talk will offer an engaging thematic survey of the history of garden and landscape design from ancient to modern times. Dr. Leslie Ross, Chair of Art History at Dominican University of California, will explore the many ways in which human cultivation and manipulation of the natural world can be seen as indicative of social, political, and religious values and concerns. From the Garden of Eden to contemporary environmental art, the treatment of the landscape is an excellent lens through which to view and analyze the attitudes of humans toward the world of nature.

GardenSmart: Growing Tomatoes in Mill Valley During a Drought

April 9th, 7:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library
Creekside Room

In collaboration with Marin Master Gardeners, Mill Valley Public Library presents Growing Tomatoes in Mill Valley During a Drought.

Joe Jennings will speak on the joys of growing your own juicy ripe tomatoes in Marin County. He will review the basics for planting, watering and maintaining your plants, discuss which varieties will be successful, introduce you to scaffolding, and address water-wise strategies.

About our speaker: Joe Jennings is a Larkspur resident who grows vegetables year-round and is experimenting with Native California plants in his yard. After 29 years in San Francisco he and his wife Marisa moved to Larkspur in 2009. They enjoy gardening, hiking, biking, and home remodeling. Joe is a technology patent broker who earned an MBA from the University of Washington.

Registration recommended. Click here to register.