2016 Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops

Each year, Delta offers free workshops to educate residents about sustainable gardening practices. Workshops are held in North and South Delta starting in the spring. Workshops are free, but registration is required.

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Below is a list of this year’s scheduled workshops. Register online or by calling 604-952-3000.

 March

Thursday, March 10
6 pm

Home Grown 101

HARRIS BARN 1.5 hr  #352178

It's time to plan your vegetable garden. Learn the basics to growing your own food including garden design and crop rotation. Find out how to amend your soil to ensure maximum growth and learn what seeds you can start now. 

Instructor: Kristin Crouch  Draw prize 

Saturday, March 12
10 am

Home Grown 101

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352179

Instructor: Kristin Crouch  Draw prize  
Saturday, March 26
10 am 

The Mason Bee Buzz

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352180

Mason bees are nature's early pollinators. Learn how to create habitat houses for these hardworking, native insects in your garden. Workshop will cover when and where to place cocoons outdoors this spring. 

Instructor: Ian Lai Draw prize  

April 

Saturday, April 9
10 am

Herbs Made Easy

LADNER COMMUNITY GARDEN 1.5 hr  # 352239

Herbs are one of the first plants you can start in your spring garden. Learn how to divide and pot-up herbs as well as get a smell for all the different culinary herbs you can grow this year. Take home your own fresh herb to plant and enjoy all season long. 

Instructor: Kristin Crouch  

Wednesday April 13
7 pm 

Small-Space Gardening

HARRIS BARN 1.5 hr  # 352203

Do you have limited growing space? Not a problem! Learn how to use containers, pots, pocket gardens, and terracing to maximize square footage for your favourite plants and vegetables this season. 

Instructor: Ian Lai  

Thursday, April 21
6 pm 

Preventing Chafer with a Healthy Lawn

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352217

European chafer beetles are becoming an emergent pest in Delta. The key strategy to protect your lawn is good maintenance. Learn natural lawn care practices that help strengthen your turf and make it more beetle-resistant. 

Instructor: Peter Isaacson  Draw prize  

Wednesday, April 27
6 pm 

WaterWise Gardening

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352204

Get ready for another hot and dry summer! When it comes to conserving water in the garden, it's all about the soil. Learn about proper watering techniques, the benefit of using native plants and the effects of mulching and composting. 

Instructor: Ian Lai  Draw Prize  

 May

Saturday, May 7
10 am

Bird Friendly Gardening NEW

HARRIS BARN 1.5 hr  # 354126

There are a number of ways to attract birds to your garden, from planting native plants to providing safe stopover areas for them to eat, drink and nest. Learn gardening tips to see beautiful butterflies and birds, as well as have a vibrant yard. 

Instructor: Oliver Busby Draw Prize  

Thursday, May 12
6 pm

Getting Started NEW

LADNER COMMUNITY GARDEN 1.5 hr  # 352241

Learn how easy it is to grow food for your family. From seed starting to garden layout,  this class will help you create the best garden on the block.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch  
Saturday, May 14
10 am 

Crazy for Tomatoes?

LADNER COMMUNITY GARDEN 1.5 hr  # 352240 

As the days warm up, it's time to think about summer salads and fresh garden tomatoes. Learn about the tomato varieties, how to 'pot up', where to plant and when to harvest. Plant and take home your own tomato seedling.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch
 
Wednesday, May 18
7 pm 

Backyard Composting: Creating ‘Black Gold’

HARRIS BARN  1.5 hr  # 352205 

Composting produces a valuable nutrient-rich resource for your garden. And it's free! Learn how to start composting and maintain a successful bin year-round.

Instructor: Ian Lai 
Draw prize: Backyard composter  
Thursday, May 26
6 pm 

Dr. Tomato: Diagnosing Tomato Problems

SUNGOD RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352206 

Were you disappointed with your tomatoes last year? Learn how you can have a better harvest this year. Topics will include disease and insect prevention.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch   Draw prize  

June

Saturday, June 11
10 am

The Amazing Honey Bee

SOUTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352207 

Everyone loves honey, but how do we end up with products from the hive? Learn the basics of the honey bee life cycle, taste some local honey and leave with a better understanding of these amazing creatures and the role they play in maintaining plant life. “Stings not included." 

Instructor: Ian Lai   Draw prize
Saturday, June 18
10 am  

Chafer Beetle ID & Use of Nematodes 

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352218 

The window of opportunity to effectively control the
European chafer beetle is coming up quickly and won't last long. Learn about the beetle, its biology and how you can control them naturally using nematodes.

Instructor: Peter Isaacson
 

August

Saturday, August 6
9:30 am 

Preserving the Tastes of Summer

LADNER COMMUNITY CENTRE  1.5 hr  # 352208 

With a little bit of work now, you can extend the
enjoyment of your garden's harvest year-round. Learn how to cure onions, garlic, potatoes and squash for long-term storage, store fresh apples, pears and other fruit.

Instructor: Dr. Linda Gilkeson   Draw prize  
Saturday, August 6
11:30 am 

Don’t Panic! You CAN Control Pests & Diseases

LADNER COMMUNITY CENTRE  1.5 hr  # 352209 

Learn how to identify, prevent and manage pests and
diseases in landscapes and in food gardens without toxic
pesticides. The course will also cover how to manage lawn weeds without herbicides.

Instructor: Dr. Linda Gilkeson
   Draw prize  

September 

Saturday, Sept. 10
10 am 

Save Seeds, Save Money

LADNER COMMUNITY CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352210 

After a successful season, it's time to start collecting seeds for next year. Join us for this hands-on workshop that includes tips on harvesting your crop to maximize your yield. 

Instructor: Kristin Crouch   Draw prize  
Saturday, Sept. 24
9:30 am

Harvesting Compost

HARRIS BARN 1.5 hr  # 352211

Recap the compost cycle and learn how to build a compost screen so you can harvest compost from a season of labour. Find out what you can do with this black gold. 

Instructor: Ian Lai  Draw prize  

Saturday, Sept. 24
12 pm

Harvesting Honey

HARRIS BARN 1.5 hr  # 352212

Recap the honey season with an opportunity to see how a beekeeper draws honey, cleans beeswax and makes mead and hand lotions. 

Instructor: Ian Lai  Draw prize  

Wednesday, Sept. 29
7 pm 
 

Growing Great Garlic

HARRIS BARN 1.5 hr  # 352213 

Growing great garlic is simple. Learn how to prepare the soil, when to plant and what varieties to use. Participants will learn how to store garlic to eat year-round.

Instructor: Ian Lai

October

Saturday, October 1
10 am 

Save Rain!

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 2 hr  #352214

Build a rain garden! Discover how Delta uses rain gardens and learn how to create your own rain garden at home. Participants will help us plant our next rain garden in the NDRC parking lot. 

Instructor: Deborah Jones  

Thursday, October 6
6 pm 

Winter Sowing NEW

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  #352215

Learn what and where to plant before the start of the winter season. No greenhouse needed, great for gardeners with small spaces.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch
 
Saturday, October 8
10 am 

Hibernating Mason Bees

SUNGOD RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352216 

Recap the mason bee season with an opportunity to wash, clean and store mason bee cocoons for the next season. Space is limited in this hands-on workshop. Bring your questions for troubleshooting.

Instructor: Ian Lai
 
Saturday, October 15
10 am 

Dealing with Damaged Lawns

NORTH DELTA RECREATION CENTRE 1.5 hr  # 352219

Is your lawn being damaged by crows, skunks and raccoons? The European chafer beetle is the likely culprit. Learn about the beetle, its biology and how to control them starting next spring. 

Instructor: Peter Isaacson  

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