Monday, February 22, 2016

Connie Kuramoto - Gardening Made Easy (Pt 1)

Back in January, the Powell River Garden Club hosted a captivating speaker at one of their regular monthly meetings. 

The presentation was titled Gardening Made Easy, and was presented by Connie Kuramoto, a technician and instructor at Malaspina University’s Horticulture Department for over 20 years, as well as an instructor for Gaia College's Organic Master Gardener Program. The talk was aimed at any gardener, expert or amateur, looking for ways to make their garden a little lower-maintenance. In this audio clip, Connie talks about weeding, mulching and lasagna gardening:

Right off the bat, Connie was a hit with the crowd; her gardening philosophy was fairly simple: save yourself time, save yourself work, save yourself trouble.

Much of the surprise of many of the gardeners at this meeting, Connie describes her particular way of planting her garden. It consists of mixing various seed packets and scattering them into the garden beds. It's a little unorthodox, but it can be a great way to get the most veggies for the least amount of work. Of course, certain seeds work better than others for this method of planting: kale, lettuce, many edible greens can be grown this way. As the vegetables get bigger, they start to crowd each other out. And maybe it sounds labour-intensive to thin out the crops as they start to mature, but listen to what Connie has to say about thinning her garden: she weeds and harvests at the same time!

All this, and more, in a captivating presentation, recorded January 2016.

Check out the Powell River Garden Club
Visit Connie's website - (photo credit)
View Connie's accompanying slideshow for the presentation
Hear more: Master Gardener Program from PR Garden Club's Shirley Cole