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Spring Gardening Intensive

  • The Lyons Farmette 4121 Ute Highway Lyons, CO 80540 (map)

This is the one you need, folks!

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!

Schedule is 9:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, and 9:00AM to 12:00PM on Sunday.  Includes lunch & cocktail hour on Saturday.

Workshop Sections:

  1. Soil: What it is & how to work with it
  2. Composting: Turning trash into treasure
  3. Basic Botany: Fruits & flowers
  4. Garden Siting and Design: Working with Colorado's climate
  5. Seeds & Starts: Getting off on the right root
  6. Soil Preparation: Methods & materials
  7. Building Raised Beds: A simple solution
  8. Water & Irrigation: Drops & drips
  9. What to Plant? When?: Planning your season
  10. Basic Crop Types: What's a Brassica?
  11. Protecting the Garden: Deer, diseases, and pests, oh my!
  12. Season Extension: A little goes a long way



Helen Skiba
Director of Education, Flower Farmer, Floral Designer

Helen holds a Master’s of Agriculture with a specialty in soil science from Colorado State University and has gardened and taught gardening in places as varied as Colorado and Ecuador.  Composting and good black soil is her jam, and she’ll help you build your garden from the ground up.

Garrison Schulte
Farm Manager

Garrison got his garden credentials from Colorado State University’s Horticulture Department, and has run the Lyons Farmette CSA and flower program for the last 3 years.  An expert seed-starter, his extensive experience includes hydro- and aquaponics and a jungle farm in Hawaii. 


Read Lindsay Hiatt's blog about last year's workshop:

Read Lindsay Hiatt's blog about last year's Gardening Intensive.

Read Lindsay Hiatt's blog about last year's Gardening Intensive.

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