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.
In 2022, we’re featuring Q&A conversations, mini-presentations and virtual tours with members, expert guests, and friends.
- First Thursday of the month, topics cover Growing Food.
- Second Thursday of the month Cathy Christie, member and Coordinator of the Kingston Area Seed System Initiative (KASSI), hosts talks on all things Seeds.
- Third Thursday of the month, topics cover Garden Fundamentals.
- Fourth Thursday of the month, topics cover Plant Species.
Check out our blog for summaries of some of these sessions.
2022 Special Presentations by Master Gardeners
Greening Sustainable Campuses Thursday March 31 at 2:30 pm by Cathy Christie, Hosted by Queen’s University Sustainability online.
Garden Pests Thursday April 29 at 2:30 pm by Nancy Louwman, Hosted by Queen’s University Sustainability online.
Wabi Sabi Gardens Monday April 25 at 7:00 pm by Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Lake Simcoe Gardeners.
Planting Little Forests: Can Kingston become a City in a Forest? Thursday February 24 at 2:30 pm by Joyce Hostyn, Hosted by Queen’s University Sustainability Living Series. Register here.
The Future of Garden Design Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm by Astrid Muschalla, hosted by Gananoque Horticultural Society online.
Front Yard Little Forests. Wednesday February 9 at 7:00 pm by Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Gananoque Horticultural Society.
Bokashi Composting. Saturday, January 22, 2 – 3:30pm by Astrid Muschalla, hosted by Kingston Frontenac Public Library online.
Fabulous Asters for your Fall Garden. October 27, 7:00 pm. Speaker: Nancy Louwman. Hosted by Ameliasburgh Garden Club.
Bokashi Composting. Monday, January 10, 7 – 8:30pm by Astrid Muschalla, hosted by Kingston Frontenac Public Library online.
Rewilding with Little Forests. November 9, 7:00 pm. Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Mississauga Master Gardners.
Reimagining Cities as Multispecies Assemblages. Nov 23, 7:30pm. We’ve always shared our gardens, our cities, even our own bodies with other species. But our approach to designing and caring for public urban spaces has been human-centric. What if we were to reimagine cities as multispecies assemblages? How might multispecies thinking change our approach to sustainable urban (and garden) design? Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Ottawa Horticultural Society.
Growing and Harvesting Garlic. October 4. Speaker Carol Hegadorn. Hosted by Collins Bay & District Horticultural Society.
Indigenous Little Forests. What can we do about our biodiversity & climate crises? Inspired by the Miyawaki Method of rapid afforestation together we can plant, care for and restore our relationship with our Indigenous forests & the diversity of beings who call them home. June 30, 7:00 pm. Hosted by PEC Horticultural Society.
Designing with layered plant communities. June 9, 7:00 pm. Deepen your understanding plants, how they grow together in community and how they relate to their surroundings. Layered plant communities replicate the layered structure of wild forests, meadows and shrublands to maximize biodiversity, habitat, resilience & beauty. Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Land O’ Lakes Garden Club.
Soil Heath: Why is Organic Matter so Important to Plant Health. June 6. Speaker Astrid Muschalla. Hosted by No. 9 Gardens.
Eastern Ontario’s Most Unwanted – Eradicating Weeds and Invasive Plants Organically. May 20. Hosted by Bath Garden Club, presented by Astrid Muschalla, 7:00-8:15, open to public via zoom. Registration.
Garden Pests. May 12. Did you know that only 1% of the insects in your garden are BAD? Learn about the “fearsome 5”, how to recognize them, how they reproduce and how to eradicate them. Information on how to deal with some 4-legged varieties of garden pests is included. This knowledge will equip you for a more productive, enjoyable garden. Speaker Doris Power. Hosted by Gananoque Horticultural 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.
Living Soil: the foundation of sustainable gardening. May 3. Is your gardening 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 is about ways to keep your soil healthy which in turn grows healthier plants. Hosted by Campbellford & District Horticultural Society.
Vegetable Seedlings in the Garden: Timing, Spacing and Care. April 28 at 7 pm with Susie & Tracey hosted by No. 9 Gardens
Edible Landscapes. April 21. Whether you have a small space or a large lot, you can have a beautiful garden and eat it too! Edible landscapes are a low maintenance, sustainable method of growing food for yourself, providing a habitat for wildlife, and beautifying your home. Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Winona Horticultural Society.
Cultivating Little Forest Communities. Learn how Akira Miyawaki’s method of creating small fast-growing urban forests encourages the growth of complex native habitats, boosting biodiversity and combating climate change. Learn how Little Forests can teach us to rethink our relationship to the land. Master Gardener Joyce Hostyn shows how her own front yard little forest is an ever-changing conversation with the land. Maureen Buchanan talks about weaving the Indigenous wordview into the Miyawaki concept. Hosted by KFPL. Register here for 2:00 pm April 15 session or register here for 7:00 pm April 19 session.
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.
Getting your garden ready for planting. Thursday April 8th 3-4pm. Transplanting seedlings into beds. Planting spacing and depth. Timing of vegetables to planting from seeds. Proper mulching and/or watering. Speaker: Susie Everding
No Mow May is the perfect time to rethink your lawn. Thursday April 1st 3-4pm. Biodiversity—diversity within species, between species & of ecosystems—is declining faster than at any time in human history. Park your lawnmower. And witness the explosion of biodiversity as your lawn transforms into a meadowscape, foodscape or forestscape. Speaker: Joyce Hostyn
Raised Beds. April 8. Learn all about raised beds, how to construct, where to place, what to grow and so much more. Speaker Mabel Fuentes. Hosted by Gardening Kingston, 7:00-8:00 pm via zoom.
Cultivating Little Forest Communities. April 8. In planting a Little Forest, we enter into a conversation with the land—a conversation from which we all emerge transformed. Little Forests can become our teachers for rethinking how we garden. What are Little Forests? Why plant Little Forests? How can we inspire and mentor gardeners and community groups in designing and planting Little Forests? Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Master Gardeners of Niagara. 7:00 pm via zoom.
Living Soil: the foundation of sustainable gardening. March 15 7pm Is your gardening 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 is about ways to keep your soil healthy which in turn grows healthier plants. Speaker Astrid Muschalla. Hosted by Stirling & District Horticultural Society, 7:00 pm via zoom. Contact for registration.
My Front Yard Little Forest. March 11. My front yard Little Forest is an ever changing conversation with the land. I designed a little. Squirrels and birds designed a lot. I negotiated with the land. Serendipity brings in something new. A harsh winter brings death. Wild plants otherwise known as weeds are often welcomed when they show up on their own. Nursery plants that turn out to be misfits are weeded out. I’ve altered my perspective over time on what a garden is and what it means to be a gardener. Speaker Joyce Hostyn. Hosted by Gardening Kingston, 7:00-8:00 pm via zoom.
Growing Edibles Indoors. March 8. Speaker: Mabel Fuentes. Hosted by Collins Bay & District Horticultural Society.
Gardens of the Future: February 11: 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.
Soil: the foundation of sustainable gardening. January 26: 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.
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.