Spring Gardening Intensive


  • The Lyons Farmette 4121 Ute Highway Lyons, CO, 80540 United States
Photo © Sarah Rose Burns

So you want to grow your own fruits and veggies, but you want to do it right. This intensive 2-day course will offer in-depth information and hands-on skill-building to make sure you have all your bases covered to grow a kick-butt smorgasbord, organically and in your back yard. We’ll build a compost pile, start seeds, build raised beds, put in drip irrigation, plan your season from start to finish, and learn how to extend and preserve your harvest. Bring your work gloves, grubby clothes, a sample of the soil from your garden site, and your sense of adventure!

Includes lunch & cocktail hour on Saturday.

Workshop Sections:

Day 1:

Soil: What it is & how to work with it

Composting: Turning trash into treasure

Basic Botany: Fruits & flowers

Garden Siting and Design: Working with Colorado's climate

Seeds & Starts: Getting off on the right root

Soil Preparation: Methods & materials

Building Raised Beds: A simple solution

 

Day 2:

Water & Irrigation: Drops & drips

What to Plant? When?: Planning your season

Basic Crop Types: What's a Brassica?

Protecting the Garden: Deer, diseases, and pests, oh my!

Season Extension: A little goes a long way

 

Instructors:

Helen Skiba is the flower farmer and floral designer with Farmette Flowers, at the Lyons Farmette. This is her fourth year working and growing on the farm.  Helen holds a Masters in Agriculture from Colorado State University, where she studied organic fertilizer efficacy in the Ecuadorian Amazon during her Peace Corps service. Helen loves growing strong, beautiful seedlings indoors, finding new solutions to weeds, soil fertility, and farm efficiency, making amazing compost with farm waste, and propagating succulents.

Helen Skiba is the flower farmer and floral designer with Farmette Flowers, at the Lyons Farmette. This is her fourth year working and growing on the farm.  Helen holds a Masters in Agriculture from Colorado State University, where she studied organic fertilizer efficacy in the Ecuadorian Amazon during her Peace Corps service. Helen loves growing strong, beautiful seedlings indoors, finding new solutions to weeds, soil fertility, and farm efficiency, making amazing compost with farm waste, and propagating succulents.

Garrison Schulte has managed the Lyons Farmette venues and farm for 6 years.  He can fix most things and loves teaching about the Farmette’s drip system and our hoop house. Garrison graduated from the horticulture department at Colorado State University.  

Garrison Schulte has managed the Lyons Farmette venues and farm for 6 years.  He can fix most things and loves teaching about the Farmette’s drip system and our hoop house. Garrison graduated from the horticulture department at Colorado State University.