Planting a garden is just the beginning; caring for your garden is the critical phase that determines whether you see your seeds to harvest or to waste. This course Garden Care provides valuable hands-on experience working within Celeste’s 39 organic, garden beds in Alstead, NH to learn vital garden care information.
“Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them”. Pruning, weeding, utilizing companion plants and integrating good bugs are all crucial parts of gardening. Should you mulch? What about soil amendments? Perhaps you’re seeing strange spots on certain crops. Through Garden Care, Students will gain practical hands on, and eyes on, experience through a variety of gardening activities.
Students will be working with Subsistence Gardener and Author Celeste Longacre within her 39 raised garden beds in Alstead, NH, learning the tips and tricks to maintaining a successful and prolific garden. Additionally students will have the opportunity to learn about composting and including chickens into their gardening habits.
The instructor for this course, Celeste Longacre, is an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for over 35 years. Celeste preserves the garden’s bounty by canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting it as well as storing her produce in a root cellar. She and her husband, Bob, live sustainably in a handmade octagonal home. During the cold winter months, their heat is provided by the firewood that Bob cuts. Much of their electricity is generated with an array of solar panels.