Fall Vegetable Gardening
|When||August 30, 2018, 10:00 AM|
|Registration Details & Deadlines||Class limit 20|
|Who is Invited||General Public|
UNC Charlotte provides six free parking spaces across from the McMillan Greenhouse for gardens, greenhouse, and parking services visitors. You may park in one of these spaces Monday – Friday if you obtain a temporary parking permit from the Parking and Transportation Services (PATS). These spaces are located in the PATS office parking lot.
The PATS Office will give you a free 4-hour, hang-tag permit for your rear-view mirror. The PATS Office is conveniently located across the street from the McMillan Greenhouse.
If the visitor spaces are full on weekdays, additional visitor parking is located East Deck 1 and the Union Deck. Find these decks on the campus parking map. Both decks are a six-minute walk from the McMillan Greenhouse with parking fees of $5 for the first hour and $2 each additional hour.
The BEST gardening season in North Carolina is the fall. Vegetables started in August mature in the cool of late September, October, and beyond. You can grow broccoli and collards here in the spring, but by late May you may not want to eat them because they are so bitter. But, if you know the tricks of the food gardener’s trade – collards in particular just keep getting sweeter and sweeter – and have luck, you can have your own fresh collards for New Year’s dinner!
During this two hour workshop, you will learn the best varieties of fall vegetables to plant for our Carolina Piedmont conditions and how inexpensive season extenders can stretch your harvest for weeks beyond frost. You will also learn about soil care techniques to keep fall crops growing strong and keep disease under control. An important part of good soil is compost – making it, and using it. Don will provide you with all you need to know to start composting (this also helps answer the question of what to do with your summer crops!)
These practical strategies can help pay off in bigger, healthier harvests based on ecologically informed practices that help protect and nurture our shared environment, even in the middle of the city.