Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Take the Mystery Out of Successful Gardening!

Castle Rock, CO - The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) and the CSU Extension/Douglas County Master Gardeners have teamed up this year to offer a series of gardening classes to guide you through the growing season. Classes will be held the second Saturday of each month (March through September) at CALF's Ag Barn located at Lowell Ranch, 3 miles south of Castle Rock (2330 S. I-25). The cost is $5 and includes breakfast (payable at the door).  These classes provide gardeners with the opportunity to learn from experts in a classroom setting as well as then go out into one of CALF's garden to see and practice what they learned.

CLASS Schedule (All classes begin at 8:00 am)

Saturday March 9, 2013 - Using Seeds or Transplants

Saturday April 13, 2013 - Choosing Soil Amendments (peat, compost, vermiculite)

Saturday May 11, 2013 - All About Tomatoes (determinate, indeterminate, planting them, staking them, how to tie them, cages, pruning, fertilizing, harvesting)

Saturday June 8, 2013 -  Organic Pest Control Methods (Homemade Sprays, Companion Plants, Row Cover, Fencing, other)

Saturday July 13, 2013 - What's Wrong with My Plant?

Saturday August 10, 2013 - Collecting and Preserving Seeds

Saturday September 14, 2013 - Putting Your Garden to Bed


Founded in 2002, the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation at Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek three miles south of Castle Rock is a 133-acre working educational ranch that "connects people to agriculture" through authentic educational programs, community projects and special events. Contact Brooke Fox, President/CEO at 303-688-1026 or brooke@thecalf.org.

Since 1975, CSU Extension Master Gardeners have been helping gardeners in communities throughout Colorado by providing information and solutions for a wide variety of horticulture topics. Get answers to your horticulture questions and help with garden and landscape problems by calling CSU Extension/Douglas County at 720-733-6935. Additional resources and publications are available on their website http://www.extension.colostate.edu/douglas.
2013 Save the dates

-March 11   5:30-6:30pm
  Monthly Meeting at the Library 

-April 8   5:30-6:30pm
  Monthly Meeting at the Garden

-April 13    9:00am-12:00pm 
  Garden Kick-Off & Clean-Up 

-May 13   6:30pm - Plant Swap & 
  Monthly Meeting at the Garden

- June 1  9:00am-1:00pm Workday
   Putting Plants in all beds

-June 10  5:30pm-6:30pm Education/ 
  Monthly Meeting at the Garden

- July 8 5:30-?? 
  Music in the Garden & Potluck

- August 12  5:30-6:30pm 
  Monthly Meeting at the Garden 

- September 9 5:30-6:30pm 
  Monthly Meeting at the Garden

- October 14 5:30-630pm Cleanup/
  Monthly Meeting at the Garden  

- November 11 5:30-6:30pm
  Monthly Meeting at the Library    

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

First Meeting

Hello everyone!
Our first garden meeting will be held at the Castle Rock Recreation Center on February 11th at 5:30 pm. Just stop at the front desk and they will direct you to the studio. Remember anyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there!

If you are interested in renting a plot please see the "How to Get Started" tab and follow the instructions there. Plots are currently available on a first come first served basis.