gardeningSpring is almost here! Are you itching to get out and plant something? If you’ve never gardened before, or if you’d like to get a little more organized about it this year, come to our Garden Planning workshop on April 5th, 2-4pm at the Pittsfield Grange. The session will be led by local resident and Preserving Traditions founder Emily Springfield, known to at least a few as the Completely Crazy Garden Planning Lady.

Topics to be covered:

  • Where to start, if you’ve never gardened before
  • Optimal spacing for various vegetables (based on square-foot and biointensive principles)
  • Laying out your garden on paper or with computer help. Whichever you choose, you’ll leave with reusable templates that will make laying out your garden a snap each year.
  • Plant families and simple crop rotations
  • When to plant what

It’s also a great chance to talk with fellow gardeners and collaborate on seed purchases.

What to bring:

  • A notepad, pencil, eraser, and ruler
  • A roughly scale sketch of your garden. You can also bring pictures of your yard and we’ll help you figure out the best place to site a new garden.
  • Any notes you have from previous gardens
  • If you have a computer and Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, bring a USB drive (or your laptop) and we’ll send you home with some slick digital planning templates.
  • Optional: seed catalogs to discuss or seeds to swap

RSVP here! [note: this link was updated March. 18th]

Note: Preserving Traditions is now part of the Pittsfield Grange! Grange members attend all PT events free of charge. We request a donation of $5 from non-members to cover materials and use of the hall. If you’d like to join the Grange, you may download an application now or fill one out at the event.