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Organic Gardening Newsletter #5 - 2/16/2009


Organic Gardening Class Newsletter #5

Well, Christy Santos gave a wonderful talk today.  Lots of questions answered, lots of beautiful flowers, great advice on water conservation.  Thanks Christy. 

We have a lot planned this week.  

Tuesday Feb 10 at 6:00 at my house, a potluck for people wanting to share a garden.

Wednesday Feb 11 at 7:00 (after dinner-no food- every surface is going to be used for writing) at my house, a seed ordering meeting.  This is probably the only group seed order I am going to coordinate.  You got a Fedco catalog.  Come with your order sheet mostly filled out.  Bruce Balgooyen is coming as the guest of honor to give advice on what varieties to order.  Bring a checkbook, as you will need to pay that night.  The order will be faxed within a day or two(Please write legibly) and seeds should arrive in about 2 weeks or a little less. 

Friday Feb 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 at Hazel and Mair's garden, a small group demonstration/workshop by Carl Rosato and myself on pruning fruit trees, soil analysis and amendments, and cultivating tools, including the world famous wheel hoe.  Cost is $15.00, to be paid at the event.  Please e-mail me to reserve a spot (limited enrollment) and get directions.

Sunday Feb 15 at 12:30 meet at the parking lot where the Chico Saturday Farmers Market happens.  We willCARPOOL to Carl Rosato's Woodleaf Farm for our first field trip.  If you are inviting any guests, please send in advance $10.00 per guest to Valley Oak Tool Company at P.O. Box 301 Chico CA 95927.  I will hand out directions at the carpool rendezvous.

Garden Raising update:  The last garden raising of the season (that I am leading; people are welcome to organize their own) is happening Sunday February 22.  Time TBA, probably 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Please email to sign up. Cost is $10.00.  On March 22, when I present, we as a whole class can talk about how we might do something like this in the future, among other topics.

Coming Soon: resources, services, and questions and answers.  Help is on the way to central headquarters so that we can share the great information that people are sending me, as well as organic gardening related services that class members and presenters are offering.  It may take another week or so to get it organized.

In the mean time, here is information on a service offered by Leslie Corsbie:


She is offering both garden installation and garden maintenance at this time.

Garden Installation is complete and ready to go with veggies, herbs, and/or fruits.
This service includes soil testing and site feasibility, site preparation, raised bed installation, automatic drip irrigation, planting, and mulching  around bed(s).
Costs range from $800 to $1,400.

Garden Maintenance is done weekly.  This service includes thinning, checking growth conditions, weeding, composting, and harvesting.  She will add/remove produce as the seasons change.  You will have a basket of fresh produce placed at your doorstep once a week.
Costs range from $25 to $40 per week.

Leslie has a degree in Landscape Architecture, 15 years of hands on landscaping experience, and she is a licensed landscape contractor with her own business, Performance Design and Landscape, since 2005.  Her goal is to use organic practices to create local fresh produce for our community.

contact Leslie at 879-0999 or E-mail her at

See you in class,

David Grau

Valley Oak Tool Company
P.O. Box 301
Chico  CA   95927
telephone 530-342-6188

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