T.O.L. Garden Smart Workshops at the Langley Demonstration Garden
Reap the benefit of your own backyard. Get “garden smart” by attending any of the workshops listed below.
All workshops are free of charge. They take place at the Langley Demonstration Garden (Derek Doubleday Arboretum in the 21200 block of Fraser Highway in Langley). RSVP is required. See contact information below to register.
Thursday, May 22; 7:00-8:00pm
Saturday, June 28; 11am-12pm
Make black gold in your backyard! In a landfill, it can take up to 20 years for a banana peel to decompose. In a backyard composter, it can take as little as a few weeks. In this workshop, learn what type of composting is a good fit for your needs, and how to quickly turn yard trimmings, fruit and vegetable scraps into rich organic fertilizer. This workshop is great for beginners as well as experienced compost users who want to troubleshoot their compost systems. RSVP at least one week in advance.
Training Fruit Trees to Produce More
Monday, May 26; 7:00-9:00pm
This workshop will discuss cover how fruit trees grow and how to direct new growth to produce bigger crops in future years. Discussion will include training of espalier and similar tree forms, fruit thinning of apples and pears, and the use of mesh bags as non-chemical barriers to prevent Codling Moth and Apple Maggot infestations of the fruit. RSVP at least one week in advance.
How to Make Living Willow Fences and Structures
Saturday, June 14; 11:00am-1:00pm
This workshop will cover the harvest and planting of willow cuttings to produce a variety of living structures. Several living fence designs and weaving techniques will be demonstrated. RSVP at least one week in advance.
Can It! Food Preservation
Thursday, July 3; 5:00-7:30pm
Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre
Learn how to safely preserve the summer harvest. This hands-on workshop guides you through the steps of canning seasonal produce. Bring your own apron, paring knife and cutting board. RSVP at least one week in advance.
Friday, July 11; 10:00am-11:30am
Having trouble getting your child to eat their vegetables? Get them involved! Once they experience growing their own they will love eating lettuce, carrots and more. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves during this hands-on workshop. Ideal for children ages 2 to 7 years old. Please RSVP at least one week in advance.
Summer Pruning of Apple and Pear Trees
Monday, July 14; 7:00-9:00pm
This workshop will cover the use of summer pruning to control growth and produce bigger crops on your apple and pear trees. Gardeners with young or large old trees with excessive shoot growth will learn how to reduce vegetative shoot growth and develop more fruit buds. Also learn how to use summer pruning to train these fruit trees into various shapes. RSVP at least one week in advance.
All-Season Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, July 19; 10:00am-11:30am
Harvest fresh vegetables from your garden year-round. Learn what vegetables to plant in the summer and fall to make them ready for harvest in the winter and spring. Plus find out how to extend the growing season for many fall crops. RSVP at least one week in advance.
To register for any of the workshops, contact the Langley Environmental Partners Society at the phone number or email address below.
Langley Environmental Partners Society