Utah Seed Exchange – 1st Annual Planting Festival

Utah Seed Exchange 1st Annual Planting Festival will be on May 4th, 2013 at Allred Orchards, 2109 North University Avenue, Provo.  There is no charge for this event thanks to the generosity of Allred Orchards, vendors, and class instructors.  Times will be announced soon.  This event is open to the public.

There will be numerous classes from experts throughout the day on topics such as soil health, seed saving and the best vegetables to grow in Utah.  All will be taught with an emphasis on organic, sustainable gardening methods by instructors such as Caleb Warnock, author of ‘Backyard Winter Gardening; Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in any Climate without Artificial Heat or Electricity’, and Michelle Roberts who runs Roberts Ranch, an organic, sustainable farm in Spanish Fork.
Logan from Woodheadgardens.com in Orem will be teaching a class on Vermiculture.  That is red worm composting, they quickly compost your scraps, and give you some of the best compost there is!  If you’d like to purchase worms and pick them up at the festival, email Logan at dirthead@woodheadgardens.com what you want, and that you want to get them at the festival, and he’ll bring them for you.  They are $15 for 1/2 pound of worms, which is about 1000 worms.  It’s plenty to get you going, they multiply rapidly after a bit.
Alex Grover, the owner of Utah Sustainable Gardening will be teaching a class on organic methods of pest and disease control.
They are bringing together the heirloom, organic start growers in Utah in one place to make shopping for your plant starts easy and fun.   There will be lots of different varieties of plants available including herbs, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons and heirloom strawberries.  Let’s support our local growers who are doing it right!  There will also be other organic growing products available.
Details will be updated on their website at utahseedexchange.org .

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$5.00 Gardening Classes at Thanksgiving Point

Local – Utah County, Utah  Thanksgiving Point  Saturday, 2/23/13
On Saturday, February 23rd, Thanksgiving Point is hosting its yearly Spring Backyard Gardening Workshops.  All classes are $5 each, with a few exceptions, and range all over the gardening topics out there from seeds to bees to pruning to chickens.  I’ll be teaching about herbs, gardening month by month in Utah and beginning organic gardening – provided the baby decides to wait that long!
Go to http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=1725 to register on Thanksgiving Point’s website – you must register to attend and most years you can plan to do that on site if you don’t get around to it beforehand.  BUT, our education coordinator has said she’s already had to up the registration limits because so many people are wanting to attend this year so please don’t delay!

Seed Catalog Links

Mother Earth News has an awesome page with links to seed catalogs!


Salt Lake County Seed Swap and Early Spring Discussion

Local – Salt Lake County, Utah  Thursday, January 31, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.Ruth Vine (Midvale) Library  8041 Wood St (55 West), Midvale, UT 84047  Phone:(801) 943-4636

Here’s a little reminder about this week’s meeting/swap! We hope to see everyone on Thursday evening at the Midvale library for our discussion on early spring crops and our first swap of the year. Please visit the events page for more details and to rsvp. But wait, there’s more!

If you don’t have seed to swap but you would like to try a few early spring crops, there will be a way for you to do that so be sure to come on ahead and we’ll fill you in on the details.

Also, to those interested in participating on the board/standing committees (helping with media, organizing swaps and keeping our seed bank up and running, being involved in organizing classes and schedules and lots of other things), make sure you come Thursday night so we can get your contact information. If you aren’t able to attend this week, please post a message here, on the website or Yahoo page. We will meet together early in February to hold elections and get our bylaws in order.

Any questions? Just holler and we’re looking forward to seeing new faces on Thursday!

Permaculture in Practice

Great video about permaculture.  This is what it says at Growtest.org, “This video, whose aim is to inspire people to start their own permaculture projects, shows how permaculture is practiced in four very different settings: a backyard garden, an urban community garden, a co-op restaurant garden, and a small farm.”


Planting guide

Need help starting vegetables? Check out Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds online guide!