2015 Workshops

 Typically slots for 20 trainees, 20 veterans, and 5 slots open to public

Planting Fruit Trees and Berries
Planting Trees and Shrubs
Advanced Vegetable Gardening (6 sessions)
Sustainable landscape maintenance
Understanding and Improving Garden Soils (2 sessions)
Lawn Renovation
Vegetable Crop Planning (2 sessions)
Berry Production (2 sessions)
Fruit Tree Care - Summer (2 sessions)
Plant Propagation

On-line Classes

  1. Basic Botany: Learn to identify a diverse range of whole plants, parts of plants, and non-plant relatives (such as fungus, lichen, algae, moss, fern, conifer and seed plants).
  2. Plant Pathology: Identify microorganisms that cause plant disease and symptoms; learn how to diagnose and control plant disease.
  3. Cultural Causes of Plant Problems: What causes cultural plant problems?  Neil Bell covers common cultural threats to plants in this online course focusing on planting practices, the risks of root bound plants, misusing mulch, root damage, pruning, and injuring plants with the improper application of herbicides.
  4. Environmental Causes of Plant Problems: Happy environment, happy plants:  Investigate how environmental causes impact the health of your plant, including cold injury, pollination problems, sun (too much or too little), weather elements or air pollution.
  5. Soils and Compost: Understand the impact of soil texture and composition on soil quality, pH levels, and soil nutrients; learn about fertilizer types and application techniques; learn how to produce compost.
  6. Vegetable Gardening: Learn how to select a site, prepare soil and plant vegetables; gain skills to successfully produce food; learn to identify common insect and disease problems.
  7. Introduction to Entomology: Study the biology, anatomy, life cycles, and differences between insects and non-insect arthropods; learn how to diagnose problems.
  8. Understanding Pesticides: Understand how to read and interpret pesticide labels; learn how to safely mix, apply, handle, and dispose of pesticides.
  9. Integrated Pest Management: Understand theory, principles, and practices behind pest management, with emphasis on least-hazardous approaches.
  10. Woody Landscape Plants: Learn how to select, plant, manage, and prune trees and shrubs, with site and environmental factors in mind.
  11. A Systematic Approach to Plant Problem Diagnosis: How does the systematic process aid in curing plant pests and disease? Learn to form the right questions to systematically narrow the possible cause and effects of underperforming plants and gardens. Instructor Neil Bell walks plant enthusiasts through the steps necessary to make an accurate diagnosis to cultivate a thriving plant and flora environment. 
  12. Introduction to Plant Problem Diagnosis: What are the benefits of correct plant problem diagnosis?Are you a home gardener, commercial landscaper or sower of agricultural crops? Learn how all three trades systematically approach plant problems in a similar manner. Learn to gather information from clients, discuss plant growth and identification. Clearly assessing a plant problem leads to taking actions to resolve the issue. Save time and money by not treating problems you don't have.  
  13. Pest Damage: Are you a garden friend or foe?  From deer to slugs, there are many threats stopping your garden, landscape or agricultural crop from thriving. Using clues from the systematic approach to plant problems, identify the probable culprits responsible for your plant woes and learn how to correct or recommend solutions.