January 11th - March 1st, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Green Thumb Gardening series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving! University of Wisconsin Extension educators and local horticulture experts will provide in-depth and accessible information for everyone from the novice to the experienced gardener. In 2020-2021, our class offerings have been expanded, including a Fall, Winter, Early Spring, Mid-summer and Late Summer series of classes.
For the safety of all participants, classes will be held online. Blended (in-person/online) classes may be available later in the year as conditions permit. Optional outdoor lab sessions for some classes in Spring (e.g. shrub pruning class) and Summer will be held in the Dane County Extension Teaching Garden https://dane.extension.wisc.edu/horticulture/teaching-garden/ . Separate registration for labs will be needed as space will be limited due to the need for social distancing. Facemasks will be required for these in-person events. Class registrations are open now.
Winter 2021 Vegetable Gardening Series online Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm
*Vegetable Garden Planning and Techniques Jan 11 Organic and Small Farmer Outreach Specialist Claire Strader (Speaker Claire Strader) will get you ready for vegetable gardening with strategies and tips for advanced gardeners as well as well as newer gardeners. She will talk about timing of crops, spacing, building productive soils, using cover crops, and more. You will leave with at least four electronic copies of handouts full of great information.
*Seed Starting Jan 25 If you are a new gardener, or just looking for some tips on starting seeds, this lecture will cover it. You will get an electronic copy of a handout on optimal soil temperatures for the germination of many crops. (Speaker Lisa Johnson)
*Vegetable Diseases February 1 Brian Hudelson, Director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic (https://pddc.wisc.edu/) will speak about common diseases of vegetables and their management. You will get tips and strategies for preventing disease as well and digital copies of a number of fact sheets on various common vegetable diseases. (Speaker Brian Hudelson)
*Vegetable Insects February 8 Dr. Russ Groves of UW-Madison Wisconsin Vegetable Crop Entomology (https://vegento.russell.wisc.edu/) will review the life cycles common insect pests of a variety of crops and give you techniques to combat them in the garden. You will receive a number of electronic fact sheets on insects covered during the talk. (Speaker Russ Groves)
Cover Crops February 15 Cover crops bring extra nutrients to the soil and help control weeds. Some also attract pollinators, which can help increase your crop yield. Organic and Small Farmer Outreach Specialist Claire Strader (Speaker Claire Strader) will talk about different types of cover crops to use in different situations, as well as when to plant and remove them. (Speaker Claire Strader)
Weed Management in Vegetable Gardens Feb 22 Learn how to identify various common weeds in the vegetable garden and use their life cycles and other techniques to manage them. Cultural techniques will be stressed, but organic and traditional chemical control products will be briefly discussed as well. (Speaker Lisa Johnson)
Seed Saving/Harvesting and Storage March 1 Learn how to successfully harvest and store seeds from a variety of crops. Success is more likely with some crops, and less likely with others. Learn which crops are easiest and most reliable for getting the results you want. We will also cover proper storage of seeds and seed viability testing. (Speaker Lisa Johnson)