Monday, November 26, 2012

December Garden Classes

December is the month that all the new seed catalogs come out and I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I hope you can join us this month for our free Saturday morning gardening classes at 10:30am to find some inspiration for your spring garden planning!

Here is what we have coming up in December:

December 1st:  December in the Garden 
This is our monthly first Saturday series where we cover the garden "To Do" list for the month. Learn what is in season, what you can plant from seed or transplant and other garden tasks.   

December 8th : Guest Speaker Workshop: Square Foot Gardening with Master Gardener and Certified Square Foot Gardening Teacher Hank Belopavlovich     
Learn how to grow a lot in a small space using the square foot gardening technique!   

December 15th: Starting Vegetables and Herbs from Seed   
Plant a seed and watch it grow! Class on the 15th will be followed by a Seed Swap. Bring extra seeds that you have saved or have surplus of to share and trade!   

We will not be having class on December 22 or the 29th. Happy Holidays! Join us again in the New Year!   

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Garden Class & Cooking Demo this Saturday 11/17

10:30am Garden Class:
Beneficial Insects or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bug"

At this Saturday's free gardening class at 10:30 am in the Monument Market we'll be discussing our friends in the garden. Not every bug is bad! Identify, protect, and encourage beneficial insects in your garden and they will help keep pests at bay and pollinate your veggies for increased production.

Lady Bug Larvae munching aphids on Dill in the Monument Garden

12:00pm Cooking Demo: 
Alternative Sides For Thanksgiving or "Green Bean Casserole Deconstructed"

Chef Drew Benham from El Monumento will be joining us again this Saturday to present some ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes utilizing local seasonal produce from the Market and Monument Garden. Join Us!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Garden Guest Speaker, Cooking Demo & Wine Tastings this Saturday at the Market!

Join us in the Market for a day of exciting events this Saturday!

The morning starts off at 10:30am with our weekly free gardening class. This week we are hosting  Leslie Keller who will be presenting his Big Bag of Tips & Tricks to Save Time & Money in your Garden. Leslie is an engineer who was convinced into starting a garden by his vegetable loving wife.  He will share a variety of techniques he has learned through trial and error which will help you build a vibrant garden without breaking the bank or your back!

Chef Drew after last month's cooking demo - Pesto Turkey Burgers
The garden class will be followed by a Cooking Demo at 11:45. Chef Drew Benham from El Monumento will be showing us how to make Sage Chicken - a great dish for a cool fall night!

Starting at 11am, Monument's resident Sommelier Jeremy Corn will be in the Market sampling a selection of the Texas made wines that we feature in the Market. Find out what wines go with Chef Drew's Sage Chicken and your upcoming holiday dinners!