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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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18 responses to “Let’s Talk Gardening!”

  1. Greg Rosta says:

    Hi Paul,

    A belated Happy New Year! I am thrilled you are starting these back up! Looking forward to soaking up all that excellent information you share, in addition to the cocktail in my glass! And, I love the picture! 🙂

    Regards,

    Greg

  2. Kathleen Neal says:

    We planted a tree last year and I think it’s too low. The water doesn’t soak down like it should and sits in top for a while. While the tree is dormant, should we try to raise it up? Thanks you!

  3. Rob & Cathie Searcy says:

    we’re so sad not to be there with you, trying some recommended Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits with you while we’re being educated…. be assured my friend, those days will return 😉

  4. Bettina says:

    can you do a second herbs/veggies class.
    Please ?

  5. GinaS says:

    We have a new local, 1 acre property with very little but Bermuda grass planted on it. I want to follow your recommendations on planting only NATIVE trees, shrubs and perennials. What information sources do you recommend?

    Thank you and I love your picture:)

  6. Phyllis Carson says:

    I need to replace three crepe myrtle on the north side of my house. The old one were getting in bad shape so I had them remove and the roots ground out. When should I get new ones to replace them.

  7. Paula N DeBoer says:

    Hi Paul, The virtual seminars are offered for a time of day when I am still at work. Is there a way I may record and view later?

    PS: Always enjoy your sessions!

  8. AnnMarie Goldberg says:

    I AM SO READY!!!

  9. Angela and santa says:

    Hi Paul, did you cancel your virtual seminar that is supposed to be happening now?

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