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Some Comments on the 2011 Course

Thank you for a great class, truly. I learned more than I can absorb and so am grateful for the handouts and copious notes to refer to as next season unfolds. With your guidance I was able to go through the season fairly smoothly and in the end, harvested a ton of groceries. I had many successes, a few failures, and lots of ' next year I'm going to.....'s". The combination of lecture, hands-on, Q&A's, and demonstrations kept it lively and interesting. All in all it was a terrific course that gave me the confidence and guidance I so very much needed. Every freezer, cold room, and our root cellar is nearly full with only carrots, leeks and parsnips to harvest. If only I had more of me and time....

Again, thank you for the for the wonderful course, and delicious lunch together on our last day. I shall miss our monthly gatherings. It was a great group!

S.L. Castlegar

I wanted to thank you both for offering an exceptional gardening course.

Being a rookie gardener, I have found your course to be truly insightful, your farm and your accomplishments to be inspirational.

The concept of working with nature ...as opposed to against her, is refreshing and coincides with my personal believes.

You have permanently altered the way in which I look at gardening and farming.

I also have had a supply of fresh food all summer...thanks you and your wisdom.

S.M. Nelson

I was a very satisfied customer!  I was grateful that you shared so much of your wisdom with us newbie gardeners.....

J.D. Nelson

Vegetable Gardening in the Kootenays

We are constantly being asked if we will allow people to come on the farm and work with us and to learn with us - so this year we have decided to once again offer our semi-formal course for Vegetable Gardening in the Kootenays.

The Course

The course is designed for 6 Sundays, spread throughout the growing season - one day each month. It will cover all you need to know and understand to be able to grow vegetables in our region.

The course will run from 10.30 am to 3 pm, and you should bring a lunch to eat in the field.

The main subject areas for each date are shown on the chart below but the course will also cover fundamental, basic information such as variety selection for plants, composting and plant selection and breeding for seed saving.

You will also take home with you, seed trays planted by yourselves for transplanting into your own gardens for the spring and fall planting seasons.

After eleven years of growing in the Kootenays, we have made probably just about every mistake it is possible to make whilst following ‘text book’ advice.

Save yourselves time, trouble and heartache by learning the lessons we have learnt, and the tricks, tips and techniques we have learnt the hard way.

If you would like any further information please contact:

Jeremy or Nette Lack on (250) 399 4809

Note: No animals will be allowed on the farm, and children must be supervised at all times


Main course contents

April 22nd

Seeding transplants

Land preparation

Soil amendments

Planting early crops

Season extension

May 20th

Trellis building

Planting warm season crops


Perennial vegetable care.

June  17th

Making and applying compost tea

Weed control

Crop maintenance

Pest control.

Seed saving #1

July  22nd

Fall transplant seeding

Season extension for the heat

Weed and pest control

Harvesting and post harvest handling.

August 19th

Fall crop seeding

Pest and weed management

Drying vegetables and herbs.

Seed saving #2

September 23rd

Harvesting crops

Preparing land for the next season

Cover crops

Season extension,

Storing vegetables

The course fee is $300 for the year, and includes telephone, email and personal consultation for the year to advise on problems and solutions during the year.

The course is limited to 12 people only.

Gardening In The Kootenays Course 2013.pdf

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