Let’s Talk Gardening!
By Paul James
Not being able to do live seminars drives me crazy, because I love gathering with fellow gardeners and shooting the breeze about all things gardening. But given the times, that’s not possible. However, thanks to the vaccine rollout, I plan to once again take the stage live later this spring. In the meantime, I’m ready to kick off my “Cocktails and Questions” virtual seminars beginning next week. Here’s what I’ve got planned so far.
But before getting to the list, I’ve got a favor to ask. If you sign up, please show up. We limit the number of participants to 25 just to keep things manageable, so if you don’t show you prevent someone else from being able to join. And that’s not fair. So at the very least, kindly cancel if you can’t attend. Thanks.
And now, here’s the list. You’ll be able to register up to two weeks before each seminar by going to https://southwoodgardencenter.com/events/.
Thursday, January 21 — Q&A with PJ
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Let’s get it started! What better way to kick off the 2021 “Questions and Cocktails” Series than with Paul James’ favorite format, the Q&A. Ask anything you want about gardening and Paul will do his best to provide you with the information you need to be a more successful gardener.
Saturday, February 6 — Getting Ready for Veggies, Herbs, and Fruits
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Planting time is just around the corner, and now’s the time to start planning your garden. Join Paul and learn how to get your garden ready, what to plant and when, whether to plant from seed or transplants, when and how to fertilize, tips on harvesting, and how to control pests and diseases.
Thursday, February 18 — Going (and Growing) Organic
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Interest in organic gardening is at an all-time high, and who better to discuss the subject than Paul James, who’s been gardening organically for over 40 years. Learn how to control pests and diseases on vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants without resorting to potentially harmful synthetic chemicals.
Saturday, March 6 — Facts on Fertilizer
9:00 to 10 a.m.
“First and foremost, understand that fertilizer isn’t food,” says Paul James. But if fertilizer isn’t food, then what is it? Join Paul as he answers that question, and explains everything you need to know about fertilizers, especially which ones to use and when to use them on everything that grows.
So there you have the lineup for upcoming Virtual Seminars. And if all goes well, I’ll be back live and in the store for the following.
Saturday, March 13 — No Fail Houseplants
10:00 to 11 a.m.
Keeping houseplants healthy can be a challenge, but there are a number of great choices that are not only beautiful, but remarkably easy to grow, even if the light and humidity levels in your home are less than ideal. And they (not Paul) will be the stars of this seminar.
Saturday, April 3 — Planting for Pollinators (No Foolin!)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Bring on the butterflies and bees by learning which plants they love, from annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs. And discover which plants Paul considers the absolute best for attracting pollinators to your garden.
Saturday, April 10 — Talkin’ Tomatoes!
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Tomatoes are the most planted veggie in the U.S., yet growing them can be a real challenge because they’re often plagued by insect pests and diseases, not to mention hungry birds and squirrels. Paul will share his tips and tricks for producing a bumper crop of tasty tomatoes, whether in the ground or in containers.
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