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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Garden Tips

Gardening Tips and Guidelines

The USDA People’s Garden Initiative and Cooperative Extension Service is offering several free online Webinars on various Gardening topics.  They have just published the schedule for the 2011 Fall Webinar Series.  

 

If you are in the building you do not have to register, we will be showing the webinars in one of the conference rooms.  For details, click on this link or go to page 2 of this section.  If you are not in this building, click on this link for registration and their website. 

 

 

 

East Bay Area Planting Guides:

Circular Chart Style Planting Guide

http://www.ecologycenter.org/basil/resources/seed_chart.pdf

(from Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Pierce)

http://www.ecologycenter.org/factsheets/eastbayplantingguide.html

 

 

Other potential articles for this section:

How to tell if something is ready for harvest

How to water/check drip irrigation

How to deter the birds from eating the corn

How to weed

How to mulch

How to "pinch" the basil flowers to keep it producing

How to harvest the garden produce

How to cook the garden produce

 

This section is still being filled out- if you want to tackle explaining any of these topics or have a topic to suggest, please email the webmaster. Thanks!


Healthy Garden Training Series

Healthy Gardening Training Series

 

The fall series of webinars for this series has been published and registration is open.

 

As we did last time, we will be showing these in one of the conference rooms and you are welcome to join us (no need to register online if you are going to view the webinars this way but the coordinator would appreciate an rsvp so that she can make sure the room is big enough to accomodate all who are interested).  Schedule will be updated locations as rooms are reserved.

 


 

2011 Fall Webinar Series

 

Please rsvp to the coordinator if you would like to attend so that you can be listed on the list of participants.  You do not need to register online if you intend on viewing the training this way.

 

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From: Livia Marqués, Director, USDA People’s Garden Initiative

Subject: People’s Garden Fall Training Open to All Employees

 

Get the most out of your garden this Fall! The USDA People’s Garden Initiative is happy to announce a series of online trainings so you can learn about home canning, seed saving, attracting pollinators, and extending the growing season without leaving your desk. Learn how SNAP recipients can grow food with their benefits and spread the word.

 

Experts from across the country will teach the trainings. These sessions are part of the coursework for our Executive Master Gardener Program here at Headquarters. We are glad to be able to offer these sessions via webinar for those who would like to learn more about sustainable gardening practices.

 

There is no charge for registration and all sessions are open to USDA employees and the public. Please follow your agency’s protocol for training approval. You may register for one or all of the sessions depending on your interests.

 

Registration is open now at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/emg/

 

*NOTE: All times on the extension website are eastern standard time and have been adjusted to PST below.

 

TOPIC

PRESENTER

ORGANIZATION

DATE

TIME & LOC

The Basic of Home Canning

Dr. Elizabeth Andress

University of Georgia

Wednesday, October 5

9am-10am PST,

Introduction to Seed Saving

Shannon Carmody

Seed Savers Exchange

Wednesday, October 12

9am-10am PST,

Pollinators for Your Garden

Dr. Jeff S. Pettis

USDA-ARS

Wednesday, October 19

9am-10am PST,

Food Stamps Grow Gardens!

Daniel Bowman Simon

SNAP Gardens

Wednesday, October 26

9am-10am PST,

Extending the Growing Season

Ron Cordsiemon

USDA-NRCS

Wednesday, November 2

9am-10am PST,

 


 

2011 Summer Webinar Series

 

All sessions were shown in Conference Room 2/3 (@ 9AM PST*) unless otherwise noted.  Please rsvp to the coordinator if you would like to attend so that you can be listed on the list of participants.  You do not need to register online if you intend on viewing the training this way.

 

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From: Livia Marqués, Director, USDA People’s Garden Initiative

Subject: People’s Garden Training

 

The USDA People’s Garden Initiative and Cooperative Extension Service are happy to announce the Healthy Gardening Training Series. These sessions will cover a wide variety of horticultural and garden related topics taught by Extension Educators across the country. These sessions are part of the coursework for our Executive Master Gardener Program here at Headquarters. We are glad to be able to offer these sessions via webinar for those who would like to learn more about sustainable gardening practices.

 

There is no charge for registration and all sessions are open to USDA employees and the public. You may register for one or all of the sessions depending on your interests.

 

The Cooperative Extension System is the nation’s largest and oldest network of universities. Visit www.eXtension.org  for a sample of the type of extension education going on across the country. The USDA People’s Garden Initiative promotes growing healthy food, people and communities. It encourages USDA employees and communities to plant gardens because we believe the simple act of planting a garden can make real and lasting change to improve food access and healthy lifestyles.

 

Registration is open now at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/emg/

 

The presentations from 3/29-4/19 are all 60 minutes each, except for the ones on 4/26 and 5/3 which are 30 minutes each.

 

*All times on the extension website are eastern standard time and have been adjusted to PST below.

 

TOPIC

PRESENTER

ORGANIZATION

DATE

TIME & LOC

Garden Botany

Rosie Lerner

Purdue

Tuesday, March 29

9am-10am PST, Conf rm 2/3

Soil & Fertility in the Garden

Scott Guiser

Penn State

Tuesday, April 5

9am-10am PST, Conf rm 4

Introduction to Garden IPM

Elizabeth Brown

Texas A&M

Tuesday, April 12

9am-10am PST, Conf rm 2/3

Garden Insects

Blake Layton

Mississippi State

Tuesday, April 19

9am-10am PST, Conf rm 2/3

Types of Public Gardens & Their Value

Rebecca Finneran

Michigan State

Tuesday, April 26

9am-9:30am PST, Conf rm 2/3

Gardening & The Hungry

Gary Oppenheimer

AmpleHarvest

Tuesday, April 26

9:30am-10am PST, Conf rm 2/3

Garden Pesticide Use & Environmental Stewardship

Kerry Hoffman-Richards

Penn State

Tuesday, May 3

9am-9:30am PST, Conf rm 2/3

Finding Answers to Gardening Questions

Linda Chalker-Scott

Washington State

Tuesday, May 3

9:30am-10am PST, Conf rm 2/3


Last Modified: 10/4/2011