Organic Gardening Series

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Portsmouth Public Library presents a comprehensive organic gardening course presented by an experienced teacher and commercial vegetable grower.

This is a six-hour course taught in weekly, two-hour sessions, to be held Saturdays April 8, 15 & 22,  10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

The course will include practical tips on how to create a new garden; soil preparation; seed starting; planting techniques; cultural techniques during the growing season (such as watering, fertilizing, and pest and weed control); how plants and soil interact; succession planting; planting multiple crops in the same space at the same time; how to compost; crop rotation; cover cropping; and mycorrhizobials.

There also will be discussions about our existing industrial food production system, including pesticides, genetically modified seeds, seed labeling & supplier concentration, globalization & famine, organic certification, and regulatory capture.

The instructor, Vincent Cirasole, is a Master Gardener, a former educator, and an organic gardening enthusiast. Over a period of years, he has developed this course which has proven to be fascinating and popular with students. Mr. Cirasole is the author of How to Grow a Vegetable Garden that Cannot Fail.

Registration is required. Free and open to all.