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Homegrown Edible Garden Series Part 1: Plan and Design Your Garden for a Bountiful Harvest

April 14, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm



You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden. – Geoff Lawton

Have you thought about growing your own edibles in a garden but don’t’ know where to start? Or perhaps you’d like to learn more about how to start a successful garden in your small space.

Starting an edible garden can be overwhelming but with the right plan in place, you’ll soon appreciate the rewarding experience of growing your own food. Now is the time to get inspired – put your pen and paper to work!

In Part 1 of our Homegrown Edible Garden Series, we’ll walk you through how to create your own design for a successful home garden.  This workshop is focused on delivering the training to help you choose a location for your garden, how to size and prepare beds, understand the importance of initial soil preparation, when to sow seeds and what plants grow together in harmony.

You’ll want to take this class because:

  • You’re new to gardening and want to develop a solid foundation for continual gardening success.
  • You’ve gardened in the past, but want to reinforce a deeper understanding of the key components to a successful vegetable garden.
  • Growing your own food is something you’ve always wanted to do, but you’re not sure where to start
  • You have a small space to garden or you can only garden in containers but want the satisfaction of growing your own food (you don’t just have to have a small garden space to take this class).

In this class, you’ll also learn the different skills that are required for each season,  how to start seedlings and transplant them in your garden, how to get the most out of the growing season through succession planting, vertical gardening for tight spaces and watering techniques.

You’ll get:

  • A design for your vegetable garden with the help of an experienced vegetable gardening instructor, Elena Hall. That way you can go home and start preparing your garden beds and know what to plant just in time for the season
  • The opportunity to ask as many vegetable growing related questions as possible
  • Snacks catered by Lemon and Citron Catering

Imagine your garden’s potential! With combined garden methods and a few great tools to keep you on track, you’ll have the confidence to turn any garden space into a productive edible landscape.

Please bring a layout of your garden/potential space that includes established trees and plants.  A selection of design sheets and planning tools will be provided to take home plus a selection of seeds to help you get started.

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SeedtoFeed2012[1]Through 2012 Elena Hall developed and led “Seed to Feed”, a garden program in alliance with the University of Health Network. As an avid gardener Elena created an opportunity for UHN staff and patients to grow their own food from seed and use their harvest to cook healthy meals. The most rewarding experience for Elena was empowering the hospital community to find creative ways to grow fresh and sustainable edibles.

Elena recently relocated to Guelph and continues her passion for sharing good food experiences and connecting with her community. She started her own food catering business, Lemon & Citron Catering Inc. where she uses fresh edibles from local growers and her own garden to enhance the locality and seasonality of her menus.


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When: Sunday, April 14 @ 10:00am-1:00 pm

Where: Artisanale French Country Cooking- 214 Woolwich Street, Guelph

Cost: $30

Course includes: all designs materials and catered snacks

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April 14, 2013
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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