Learn With Us, January 2021

Learn With Us has a new format! Some in-person programming will be happening in 2021, but space is limited to allow for distancing. Instead of publicizing events happening in the following week, we will advertise events further in advance to allow more time for registration. Since most lectures and presentations are still virtual, we will be posting links to programming in Durham and beyond, highlighting a few talks while providing our readers with the opportunity to view full schedules of events if desired.

Virtual Programming from Durham County

Durham Garden Forum: January 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.
Our program this month is on “Tomato Grafting” presented by Dr. Ashley Troth, Extension Agent, Agriculture, NC Cooperative Extension Durham County Center and Kathryn Hamilton, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Learn how to get the best of both worlds – great tomato taste and vigorous, disease resistant tomato plants in your garden by grafting two tomatoes together. You will receive all the information needed to do this on your own in the spring. This Zoom presentation is being made available free of charge. Register here: https://ncsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrd-uvrzojGdKhYoZN2iGx9qjB9MmDr7aw
A confirmation email with information about joining the meeting will be sent. Contact durhamgardenforum@gmail.com for information on future programming.

Getting Started With Warm Season Vegetables: February 11th, 2021, 6-8 PM
For more information and registration: Getting Started With Warm Season Vegetables | North Carolina Cooperative Extension
This class is part of the Bull City Gardener Learning Series – see the full schedule of online and in person events here: go.ncsu.edu/bullcitygardener2021

Integrated Pest Management (Workshop for small fruit growers): February 23, 2021, 6-7:30 PM
Additional information and registration link here: https://durham.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/01/upcoming-online-workshops-for-small-fruit-growers/

Programming from Sarah P. Duke Gardens: Duke Gardens Winter 2021 Adult Programs – Browse program listings

Events at JC Raulston Arboretum (many are online): https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php

Follow this link to learn about several NC Cooperative Extension webinars in February that may be of interest to gardeners:
https://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/01/piedmont-landscape-and-green-industry-2021-webinar-series/

Learn With Us, week of March 8

First Season Gardening
Sunday, March 8 3:00 – 4:00pm

Durham County Library – South Regional Library
4505 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713
There are three distinct gardening seasons in our area, with the first beginning in late Feb.-early Mar. This is the time to plant garden peas, radishes, leafy greens and the like, so they will be harvestable by the time for second season plantings (the summer vegetable season).

Classes are free. Registration is required. Register online at the Durham County Library website durhamcountylibrary.org. Click on \”Events\” to find the full calendar of events. Go to the date of the class and sign up.
You can also call the Information Desk at South Regional Library to register: 919-560-7410

Learn With Us, week of March 1

Raised Bed Gardening CANCELLED
Saturday, March 7 10:00 – 11:00am
For Garden’s Sake
9197 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713

“Raised Beds: If You Build Them the Veggies Will Come” — This class will cover the several advantages of raised bed gardening including recommendations on planning, locating, preparing and constructing the bed. The presenter will also offer helpful tips on season extension, crop rotation, companion planting, improving your soil, using journals to record plant successes (and failures), protection from critters and plant supports. There will also be a discussion of such potential problems and pitfalls as contaminated beds or pest infestations

To register, email ann@fgsnursery.com or call 919-484-9759

Learn With Us, week of February 16

Moss: Primitive and Beautiful – Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, February 18 7:00 – 8:30pm

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708
“Moss: Primitive & Beautiful” with Flora O’Brien, Duke Gardens Volunteer and Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Moss is a very ancient, primitive plant, and can be enchanting in your garden. It does possess chlorophyll for photosynthesis but does not have flowers or vascular system. Join us to learn more from Flora, the volunteer who cares for the Duke Gardens moss garden.

For any new member joining during the months of February and March 2020, their membership will run through April 30, 2021. Please extend this offer to any of your neighbors, friends, or gardening groups interested in joining the Durham Garden Forum. Our $25.00 membership continues to be an outstanding bargain for the quality of programs/speakers offered. Single program entry fee for non members is $10.00.

Spring Seed Starts
Saturday, February 22 10:00 – 11:00am

Durham Garden Center
4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Description:Starting Seeds for Spring Planting – If you’re hoping to go into the new season with flowers or vegetables or herbs (or all of these), NOW is the time to get both your plan and your supplies together. Topics discussed will include materials needed for successful seed starts; the difference between direct sow and planting indoors; suggestions for proper planting medium; light, water and temperature requirements.

Free/Registration required. Contact:919-384-7526 or http://www.durhamgardencenternc.com

Learn With Us, week of February 9

Getting Started With Warm Season Vegetables
Thursday, February 13⋅3:00 – 5:00pm

721 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
Description: Growing your own vegetables from seed is a great way to get varieties not commonly found at garden centers. But with so many species and varieties to choose from, it can be hard to know where (or how!) to start. Join Ashley Troth (Extension Agriculture Agent) and the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Durham County and learn how to get your veggies off to a good start. Participants will learn the basics of warm-season vegetables, including how to select species and varieties, proper growing conditions, and diagnosing common germination and seedling problems.

Click Here for more information and to register

The class costs $6 per person. Registration and fee payment is required by Feb. 11, 2020. Additional classes may be offered if there is sufficient demand. If spaces are full, add your name to the waitlist on the registration page. Workshop will be held at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center (721 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701) This class is part of the Bull City Gardener Learning Series and is open to everyone.

Getting Started With Warm Season Vegetables
Saturday, February 15⋅9:30am – 11:30pm

721 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
Description: Growing your own vegetables from seed is a great way to get varieties not commonly found at garden centers. But with so many species and varieties to choose from, it can be hard to know where (or how!) to start. Join Ashley Troth (Extension Agriculture Agent) and the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Durham County and learn how to get your veggies off to a good start. Participants will learn the basics of warm-season vegetables, including how to select species and varieties, proper growing conditions, and diagnosing common germination and seedling problems.

Click Here for more information and to register

The class costs $6 per person. Registration and fee payment is required by Feb. 11, 2020. Additional classes may be offered if there is sufficient demand. If spaces are full, add your name to the waitlist on the registration page. Workshop will be held at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center (721 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701) This class is part of the Bull City Gardener Learning Series and is open to everyone.