February 14th – Tuesday 9:30 – Grow Biointensive – Climate Smart Gardening by Laura Lengnick

Do you have only a small space to garden, but you’d like to grow your own food?  Do you want to use climate resilient gardening practices?  Are you looking for a way to contribute to climate change solutions?  Grow Biointensive may be for you!

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Bed of kale in early June, bed of beets to left and sweet corn in bloom in background

Grow Biointensive is a small-scale system of gardening that places an emphasis building soil while producing healthy, high yielding crops through the use of deep soil preparation, composting and crop diversity.

Because Grow Biointensive practices can reduce water, fertilizer and fossil fuel use in the garden by 50 to 90 percent, this method of gardening offers significant advantages to gardeners who want help slow climate change as well as help their crops thrive in the more variable weather and extremes associated with climate change.  Over the last decade, presenter Laura Lengnick has been developing a Grow biointensive garden at her home in Swannanoa.  She will share her experiences developing this garden as she teaches about Grow Biointensive.

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Looking south across 15 garden beds in June

Main Topics:

  • How I started my Grow Biointensive garden and tips on how you can get started
  • 8 key practices of Grow Biointensive: deep soil prep, composting, intensive planting, carbon/calorie crops, companion planting, seed saving, whole system approach
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Laura’s husband, Weogo, and a neighbor working up a bed in Sept for winter crops

About Laura Lengnick:

Laura Lengnick is a soil health expert and climate resilience planner based in Asheville, NC.  She consults with business, government and community organizations on nature-based climate risk management through her company Cultivating Resilience, LLC.  She has long experience growing vegetables, small fruits and flowers in containers and backyard gardens from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. Since 2005, she has used Grow Biointensive practices to create 3000 square ft of productive garden beds at her Swannanoa home.

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Rescheduled to January 17, 2017 – Tuesday 9:30 – Creative Winter Garden Design

Have you considered making your garden as dynamic in winter as in other seasons? Matt Timmer, Green Goods Manager at Reems Creek Nursery, will lead you through a series of concepts that enhance your winter garden pleasure. Matt will lead you through a theoretical garden – discussing such topics as evergreens, plants with winter interest, bird habitats for winter, garden art and hardscapes, thinking outside the box, and more. His talk will leave you inspired and contemplating winter gardening in a completely new light.

Matt Timmer of Reems Creek Nursery
Matt Timmer of Reems Creek Nursery

Matt Timmer, Green Goods Manager at Reems Creek Nursery, has years of horticultural experience and lots of contagious enthusiasm. He is passionate about all sorts of plants and enjoys sharing his broad knowledge with fellow gardeners. Matt loves guiding people to the plants and design ideas that will that will bring daily inspiration to their garden.

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December 13, 2016 – Tuesday 9:30 – Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter

Taking time to put the garden to bed at the end of the growing season can make all the difference the following Spring. Debbie Breck, Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener volunteer, will present and discuss the many tasks mountain gardeners should consider when it comes to preparing our gardens for their long winter’s nap.

Dealing with ice in the garden
Dealing with Ice

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November 15, 2016 Tuesday 7:00 pm – 8:30 Climate Resilient Gardening

Dr. Laura Lengnick – local author and gardener

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Stories of heavy rainfalls, lingering drought, warmer winters, extreme temperature fluctuations and new pest and disease challenges abound these days at home and across the U.S.   How are all these events linked and what does this mean for your garden, your family, your community? How do we prepare for these and other changes already happening and expected to grow more intense in coming years? 

On Tuesday, November 15 at 7 pm until 8:30 pm,  at the Town of Weaverville Community Room, 30 S. Main Street, The Garden Club of Weaverville hosted a discussion open to the public for free with local author Laura Lengnick, climate resilient gardening and community resilience. 

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Laura Lengnik
Laura Lengnik

Weaverville, NC— Changing weather patterns affect us all.  More heavy rainfall, warmer winters and springs, hotter summer nights, more dry periods and drought translate into changes in the timing of flowering, the success of pollination and fruiting, the challenges of managing fruit and vegetable crops in your garden.  Laura Lengnick, a local vegetable and fruit gardener, discusses all of these changes and more in her new book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers 2015), and explains how they are all associated with our changing climate. http://cultivatingresilience.com/

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