Posted on

Jeff’s Schedule for August 13-18, 2018

For those of you using The Living Garden techniques that I teach, now might be a good time to cut back some of those flowering plants that attract so many beneficials.

This week’s tip

Flowers are part of sexual reproduction. They contain all of the parts, male, female, or both, that a plant needs to produce seeds. Seeds, of course, create new plants. Gardeners discovered long ago that removing the flowers encouraged more flowering on some plants. This characteristic allows some flowering plants to stay in bloom for a much longer season. Since so much of the The Living Garden depends on flowers for the food and shelter of the beneficial “critters” that make it work, it’s vital that flowers be present for as much of the growing season as possible.
As I mentioned, flowers are the plant’s way of reproducing sexually. So removing the flowers before they create seed creates a need in the flower to continue to reproduce. So the more flowers you cut off, the more new flowers are produced. It’s really simple. Just snip off the flower stem just above a leaf node or at a stem. Doing this will reduce the amount of dying tissue you will leave behind. Sometimes you can cut a plant back much harder, in order to allow for longer stems to be produced. All you really need to remove, though, are all the parts of the flower. This is enough to encourage more blooming.
Cutting off the spent flowers is called “deadheading”. It has nothing to do with The Grateful Dead, though. It’s just a shortened version of “dead flower heads”. But you could listen to some of the Dead’s tunes while you work!

Upcoming classes

Sustainable Ag 103, July 26 – September 20, 2018. 6-9PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This class is a part of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Agripreneur Academy. If you want to learn to cultivate an income through growing food, flowers, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals, and fermented beverages (unfermented ones, too), then come learn my “Cash Crop” method. Contact me for more details.

Skillpop class: Fall Gardening Basics, August 15 (sold out) & August 29, 2018 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC.
With a bit of planning and knowledge, you can enjoy eating something from your garden 365 days of the year in Charlotte’s mild climate. Learn how to extend your gardening season into the fall and winter by growing veggies such as broccoli, kale, carrots, garlic, onions, and many more! Utilize these principles for early spring (February and March) gardening as well! Details here for the 8/29 class.

Fall Vegetable Gardening Monday, September 10, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is a new location for The Successful Garden Series. In Piedmont NC, we can continue the planting and harvest of food through the Fall and onto the winter months. It surprises many people just how long our growing season is, especially when your help it along with row covers and tunnel growing. More details here.

Home Composting, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC
Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Home Composting, Tuesday, October 3, 2018 630-930PM
Lomax Incubator Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
This is our second class at our new location. Compost is a great addition to any garden. It solves so many garden problems simply by adding organic matter to the soil. It’s easy to make, doesn’t need a fancy bin, and keeps food scraps out of the landfill. We’ll look at a simple compost system that will let you create lots of great garden soil. Here are the details.

Edible Landscapes, Tuesday, October 9, 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles Street, Matthews, NC We tend to look at our food crops through a single purpose lens. How much food will this plant yield? But many of our fruits and vegetables look great in the garden! Come learn how to add these plants to our landscapes. We’ll feed our souls beautiful gardens while we feed our bodies good food. Details and registration here.

Where I’ll be

Monday, August 13, 2018
I’m in Matthews NC, working on my business, as opposed to in my business.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
I’ll be in Matthews, working on some private projects.

Wednesday, August 15 2018 Skillpop Class: Fall Gardening Basics 630-830PM
Renfrow Farm, 409 W Charles St, Mathews, NC
See the details above.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 Sustainable Ag 103 600-900PM
Lomax Farm, Atando Road, Concord, NC
Sustainable Ag 103 began July 26. Contact me for details.
Demand for sustainable or organically grown products continues to increase. USDA Certified Organic produce is in short supply at all major grocery stores. Opportunities abound IF you can produce a quality product, grow in sufficient quantities, and know the proper marketing channels. I’ve been teaching farmers to cultivate profit since 1996. Come join us at the Lomax Farm to learn how to grow good food in a certified organic farm. We’re going to be on a working farm, so dress appropriately. That includes dressing for hot, humid weather. Closed toed shoes are required on the farm. This is a hands on class. Be prepared for most of the class to be in the field. Your own water bottle is recommended, as is sunscreen and a hat.

Friday & Saturday August 17-18, 2018 Patrick County, VA
I’m in VA working on some private projects.

How can I help you?

Summer is here, and so are the challenges of heat, humidity, and who knows what with rainfall. That’s where I come in. I’ve designed and installed all kinds of landscapes, from formal herb gardens to Permaculture homesteads. In an hour, I can solve problems, identify plants, show you some opportunities, and help you enjoy your garden even more! If you’re interested in a home landscape consultation, contact me here.

I farmed and operated a plant nursery in NC for 15 years, and was an NC Cooperative Extension agent for 8 years. In that time, I learned a LOT about farm production and farm business management. I can help you with organic certification, transition to organic practices, and marketing your farm and food products. To learn how to cultivate profit on your farm, contact me here.

In these times of great opportunity for small business owners, strategic planning is essential for success. I can help you write a business plan, construct enterprise and cash flow budgets, and do market research. Individual consultations and group trainings are options for getting the information you need to succeed! To take advantage of the opportunities that are available to small business owners, contact me here.

Remember to enjoy your garden, because THAT’S what makes you a Successful Gardener! Hope to see you sometime this week!

Peace, Grace, & Love,
Jeff

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Leave a Reply