Gardening workshop series begins this week in Saanich

Communities in Harvest gardening series covers a wide range of lessons – from growing in small spaces to canning fruits and vegetables

Get the most out of spring with a series of garden-related workshops, from growing in small spaces to canning fruits and vegetables.

Saanich’s Communities in Harvest program and the Lifecycles Project Society – which aim to educate, support and engage residents in backyard food growing – offer five one-day courses running February through June.

Start with the 5 Best Veggies for Beginner Gardeners (Thursday, Feb. 27) and learn how to maximize a small backyard garden to produce a useful harvest 10 months of the year. This class runs 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Saanich Commonwealth Place

Container Gardening in Small Spaces (March 20) covers what kinds of containers work with what kinds of plants, and the most successful varieties of vegetables and herbs for container growing.

Growing a Garden to Feed Your Family (April 17) will provide strategies on how to turn your garden into a constant source of food.

Then it’s time to learn about Preserving Your Harvest (May 29). Learn the simple, timeless tricks for preserving from freezing to fermenting different crops.

The workshop series finishes with Canning 101 (June 12), offering participants the confidence to make jams, preserves and pickles with easy step-by-step instructions.

Workshop locations vary, and the cost per class is $10.

Learn more and register online at saanich.ca/living under the Communities in Harvest Program.

reporter@saanichnews.com

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