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.
- March 4: Fabulous varieties to grow in the vegetable garden
- March 11: Starting seeds: indoors and out with Cathy & Kath
- March 18: Planting trees with Astrid & Nancy
- March 25: Designing with layers to increase biodiversity with Joyce
- April 29: Growing medicinal herbs in your garden with Jane
Check out our blog for summaries of some of these sessions.
Sustainable Living Series, Queen’s University
Composting is nature’s way of recycling. Thursday, March 25th 3-4pm. And that compost feeds the soil so that the soil can in-turn, feed your plants. Astrid will share her method on making awesome compost so you can harvest healthy food plants year after year. Speaker Astrid Muschalla
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
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
2021 Special Presentations by Master Gardeners
Growing Edibles Indoors. March 8. Speaker: Mabel Fuentes. Hosted by Collins Bay & District Horticultural Society.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Growing and Harvesting Garlic. October 4. Speaker Carol Hegadorn. Hosted by Collins Bay & District Horticultural Society.
Rainscaping. June 8 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.
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: 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: 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.