Sky Nursery seminars are free and require no pre-registration unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, March 15 11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Berries and Fruiting Vines - Selection and Care for the Northwest Gardener
Dan Vorhis, B.S. Agriculture, The Ohio State University
Local orchardist Dan Vorhis will take you through the basics of growing grapes, kiwis, brambleberries, strawberries, blueberries, and other berries. He'll start with a brief discussion of site-related topics: light, temperature, soils, and drainage. Then he'll go over cultivar selection, care, pests and diseases. Bring your questions!
Sunrday, March 16 1 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Indoor Seed Starting
By growing your own plant starts, you can save money, choose from more varieties, and have your plants ready exactly when you need them. Emily will cover when, how, and why to start your own transplants. A full line of seed starting supplies, from peat pots to heating mats to mini greenhouses, will be available for purchase.
Sunday, March 23 1 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Lusciously tender salad greens, crisp carrots, succulent snow peas... now is the time to plant your cool-season crops for spring harvest, and to plan for your tomatoes, beans, and other summer bounty! Commercial agriculture has to breed for vegetables that are tough enough to transport and store well – the homeowner can pick tender and tasty varieties bred to be harvested right before dinner! Emily will point you to the most problem-free, productive, and flavorful varieties for our climate, and go over the basics of planting, fertilizing, watering, and (most importantly!) harvesting your fresh vegetables.
Saturday, April 5 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Edible Garden Design
The Seattle Urban Farm Company
Want to grow food in your yard this season? Let Brad Halm guide you through designing your own "backyard farm". He’ll discuss how to find the best spot on your property for a vegetable garden, how to lay out the space for maximum production and ease of use, and how to get your soil into condition to grow top quality organic vegetables. He'll also teach you how to incorporate fruit trees and berry bushes into your existing landscape. For those of you with more urban yards, he'll cover growing edibles in container gardens.
Saturday, April 5 1:30 P.M. - 3 P.M.
Vermiculture: Composting with Worms
Remember your mom telling you to clean your plate and not waste food? Well, you shouldn't waste your food scraps either! If you have banana peels and coffee grounds, you can set up a worm bin to turn food waste into rich worm castings, a.k.a. vermicompost. Known as one of the richest types of compost, worm castings help plants grow bigger, healthier, and sweeter. Treat your plants while reducing your waste stream! Emily Wilkins will tell you everything you need to know to get started.
Saturday, April 12 11 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Basic Vegetative Propagation Heidi Koonz of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Join the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden's lead propagator for an informative seminar on DIY plant propagation. Learn the basics of vegetative propagation, from division to cuttings, and experience the joy of creating your own plants.
Saturday, April 12 1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Bee-Friendly Gardening Larry Brainard
Be a bee-friendly gardener! Even if you don’t need (or want!) your own backyard honeybee hive, you can garden in ways that encourage our local pollinator populations to thrive. Edmonds beekeeper Larry Brainard will tell you the best plants for bee forage spring through fall, when and how to spray (and not!), and other factors that will help you make your garden a bee-friendly haven.
Saturday, April 19 11 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Make Your Yard Wildlife Friendly Cindy Kirkendall, PAWS Wildlife Admissions Specialist
Do you want to make your yard more wildlife-friendly? Join PAWS at Sky Nursery to hear how your yard can be host to wildlife. We'll discuss natural diversity, "naturescaping", and offer tips on wildlife-friendly landscape features that provide shelter, food and water for a variety of Washington species. We hope you join us!