CLASS SUMMARY:

This six session class series is about the principals and practices of organic gardening. It covers both the use of "organic" materials and the use of "organic" cultural practices . The class series is not so much "anti-chemical" as it is "pro" gardening in an environmentally friendly manner.

Content includes an overview of gardening in co-operation with the ecosystem of the home garden, ways to build soil tilth and richness, plant nutrition using organic fertilizers, ways to grow a garden that are naturally resistant to pests and disease, and ways to work with nature in correcting garden problems.

This class series is a companion to the FAQ for rec.gardens.ecosystems and is designed for the home gardener.

TEXTS:

Brady, Nyle C. 1996. The Nature and Properties of Soils. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, A Simon & Schuster Co.

Olkowski, William, Sheila Daar and Helga Olkowski. 1991. Common-Sense Pest Control. Newton, Conn.: A Fine Gardening Book, Taunton Press

Pleasant, Barbara. 1995. The Gardener's Guide to Plant Diseases. Pownal, Vt.: A Down-to-Earth Gardening Book from Storey Publishing, Storey Communications, Inc.

CONTENT OF CLASS MATERIAL:

SESSION #1: OVERVIEW OF ORGANIC GARDENING:

Definition of Basic Terms: Summary of Basic Concepts: History of Organic Gardening Reading:

SESSION #2: SOILS; SOIL ORGANISMS; AND SOIL AMENDMENTS

Soils: Soil Organisms: Soil Amendments: Reading:

SESSION #3: COMPOSTING & PLANT NUTRITION

Composting: Plant Nutrition: Reading:

SESSION #4: CULTURAL PRACTICES

Environmentally Friendly Cultural Practices: Reading:

SESSION #5: WEEDS, WEED PREVENTION & WEED CONTROL

Weeds: Weed Prevention: Weed Control: Reading:

SESSION #6: PRINCIPALS OF PEST CONTROL; PESTS & SOIL DISEASE; PLANT & SOIL PESTS

Principals of Pest Control: Treatment & Prevention of Pests & Disease: Reading: