Ask a Master Gardener: Weekly Call-In
For practical gardening advice, join us for a weekly Ask a Master Gardener zoom call every Thursday from 1-1:30 pm.
We’re featuring Q&A conversations, mini-workshops and virtual tours with Kingston & Thousand Islands Master Gardeners & friends. Every second Thursday of the month Cathy Christie, Coordinator of the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI), hosts talks on all things seedy. Every fourth Thursday of the month Joyce Hostyn talks about growing wild.
Jan 14: How to plan your seed garden with Cathy from KASSI
Jan 21: Vermicomposting with Astrid (using worms to make quality compost)
Jan 28: Planting Little Forests with Joyce & Maureen (rethinking conventional tree planting)
Feb 4: Getting timing right for continuous crops
Feb 11: Starting seeds with Cathy from KASSI
Feb 18: How & where to source plant material with Nancy & Joyce
Feb 25: Bokashi composting with Astrid (unique for being able to compost meat scraps)
Check out our blog for summaries of some of our sessions.
2021 Special Presentations by Master Gardeners
Growing food from seed. January 21, 2021. Growing food from seed: Seed saving and seed starting techniques. Widen your horizons by growing your own plant material from seed. Tips for saving seeds and starting them for your spring garden . Speaker Nancy Louwman. Hosted by Trenton Horticulture Society.
Soil: the foundation of sustainable gardening. January 26, 2021: Are you a first-time gardener? Is your focus on the health of your plants and yields? Those things will take care of themselves when you take care of the soil first. Introducing the Soil Food Web – an interdependent web of life. This presentation, by Astrid Muschalla, is about ways to keep your soil healthy which in turn grows healthier plants. Questions are welcome. Open to public via zoom. Hosted by Queen’ University, Ban Righ Centre Noon – 1pm. Registration.
Gardens of the future: February 11, 2021: Design fundamentals are important, but a landscape isn’t static… it’s a living system. Astrid Muschalla, an ecological garden designer for over 20 years, shares her main tips to help you create a satisfying landscape – not just for humans but for the biodiversity needed to keep your landscape sustainable and thriving amidst climate change. Hosted by Gardening Kingston, 7:00-8:00 pm via zoom.
Hardy and tender bulbs. February 18. Produce beautiful spring and summer blooms as well as growing indoors and “forcing” techniques. Speaker: Doris Power. Hosted by Trenton Horticulture Society.
Growing Edibles Indoors. March 8, 2021. Speaker: Mabel Fuentes. Hosted by Collins Bay & District Horticultural Society.
Raised beds. April 15. Learn all about raised beds, how to construct, where to place, what to grow and so much more. Speaker Mabel Fuentes. Hosted by Trenton Horticulture Society.
Designing Rainscapes. May 10. Rainscapes are about water in all its forms – still and moving, above and below ground – and the rich design possibilities rain offers. Create a simple rain garden or turn your whole landscape into a rainscape that captures, stores and conserves water and creates a beautiful, wildlife friendly garden. Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Collins Bay & District Horticultural Society.
Growing and Harvesting Garlic. October 4. Speaker Carol Hegadorn. Hosted by Collins Bay & District Horticultural Society.
Rainscaping. June 8th 2022. Rainscapes are about water in all its forms – still and moving, above and below ground – and the rich design possibilities rain offers. Create a simple rain garden or turn your whole landscape into a rainscape that captures, stores and conserves water and creates a beautiful, wildlife friendly garden. Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Land O’ Lakes Garden Club.