It was really heartening to hear all the questions about composting; how to do it, what it looks/smells like, what goes into it? There really seems to be an awareness that there are other alternatives out there to the petro-chemical based fertilizers.
Friday we covered woody plants. Basically trees and shrubs for the most part. This was the instructors admitted favorite class and it showed. He was very very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of great information. We covered pruning techniques and why to do it that way. We learned about a lot of the habits of trees and why so many of the problems that they get come about. Anyone know the difference between a "sucker" and a "water sprout"? I do, and they aren't the same thing like I thought they were!
Next week is the class that I'm really looking forward to, plant propagation. We're meeting at the Botanical center and learning to propagate different types of plants. The exciting thing for me is that with any luck, I may be able to start propagating some of the specific species of plants that I grow in the garden this year like tomatoes! I'm hoping to be able to carry some of them over through into winter with the greenhouse and who knows, maybe I can propagate a second generation from them for next year. Now I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself but heck, a guy can dream right?
Hope you all have a great weekend. The weather's supposed to be nice here for the most part so maybe I can get some chores done.