This class will provide practical information relevant for novices and experienced gardeners. Topics covered include: variety selection and sources for seed, growing perennials, container gardening, compost, soil health, weeds, season extension, cover crops, mulch, trellises, cages, and other plant supports, tools, and techniques for avoiding common mistakes and using your time and resources efficiently. The information presented will be useful for people with small raised beds and for people with more extensive gardens. We will also discuss which crops make the most sense to grow under different scenarios and how to prioritize crops that fit your particular situation and preferences. This information will help you grow the most useful plants in appropriate quantities and scale your plantings to match up with the time you are able to commit to gardening. This will allow you to set clear goals and to avoid being overwhelmed by trying to do too much too soon. Participants will receive free seeds and a garden calendar developed specifically for central Illinois over the past twenty years. This calendar provides optimum dates for a wide variety of gardening tasks and it contains a separate section on season extension.
Instructor Bill Davison is the University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator for Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties. Bill is responsible for developing community programs and providing expertise in sustainable agriculture. His primary interests are agroforestry, season extension, organic farming, and developing viable local food systems. Bill has spent the past twenty years farming and gardening in central Illinois.
Cost: Owners $10 / Non-owners $15