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Establishing New Plants & Basic Plant Care
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Establishing New Plants & Basic Plant Care

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here.

A great class for people who just moved here, or are totally new to gardening and landscaping in our region.

Even if you are experienced, we will touch upon more advanced subjects in this class like soil microbiology.

  • Soil preparation for landscape and garden. Basic soil biology as it relates to plants.

  • Planting and acclimating a new start: both vegetables/herb gardens, as well as xeric landscape plants.

  • Caring for established plants, seasonal care.

  • Plant/soil nutrition in our region.

  • Questions/Answers

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Container Gardening
Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

Container Gardening

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here: http://buytickets.at/spadefootnursery/304423

Maybe you don't have a yard. Perhaps you live in a rental and don't want to plant anything in the ground yet. Or maybe, you have planted out every square inch of your landscape and are eyeing your patio for more plants.

Either way, growing plants in containers is a satisfying activity that can add life to places that lack it. But growing plants in containers comes with some challenges--the environment in a container causes plants to have slightly different needs than in the ground. We can help you understand those needs and meet them.

In this class we will cover:

-Basics of container growing: watering, feeding, transplanting, pruning
(with an emphasis on organic growing)

-The basics on container potting soils

-Container growing throughout the various seasons

-Various types of container growing

-Raising edible crops in pots

-Growing cacti and succulents

-Questions and answers after talk

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Digging Deep: Compost, Plant Nutrition, and Soil Biology
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Digging Deep: Compost, Plant Nutrition, and Soil Biology

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here.

Growing organically is not about feeding plants. It is about maintaining an environment that supports the soil biology which provides for the plants. In this class we will dig deep into how plants get their nutrition naturally, and how we can work with nature, instead of against.

  • An introduction to soil biology including the microbiology.

  • Learning why conventional farming/gardening is killing our soils, and what alternatives there are.

  • Letting it rot: various methods of composting in the back yard, including vermiculture (worm composting). Learning what makes a good compost.

  • Using the compost: how and where to apply in the landscape and garden, including an introduction to aerated compost tea.

  • An introduction to applied aquaponics: using aquaponics like an aerated compost tea.

  • Other methods of feeding the soil with organics.

  • Questions and Answers.

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Native Plant Foods of Our Region
Nov
10
6:30 PM18:30

Native Plant Foods of Our Region

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here.

We live in an arid region, yet somehow people have been farming here longer than most places in the western hemisphere. Partly this is due to our proximity: situated between the tropic and temperate zones, we are also influenced by our geology which has created mountains surrounded by valleys. All these things create a rich biodiversity, and many of our plant species are edible! In this class we will profile a list of native plants that can be used as foods, some of which are potential crops for the arid future ahead posed by global warming.

  • Profiles of native plant foods

  • Methods of preparation and techniques for preserving and/or rending plants edible

  • Growing native edible food plants

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A Native Grass Primer: Understanding & Selecting The Right Native Grass
Oct
19
11:30 AM11:30

A Native Grass Primer: Understanding & Selecting The Right Native Grass

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If you couldn’t already tell from our social media output, we are obsessed with native grass species. We carry more than any other nursery in Arizona. And that is saying a lot for a tiny nursery like Spadefoot. But the selection can sometimes be daunting—how do you choose the right species? How do you even use native grasses in the landscape? Are there some grasses you shouldn’t plant?

We are here to help. In this informal daytime class (we haven’t done a daytime class before) we will go over the various types of grasses by growth form, and how each type can be used in the landscape. We will also discuss grasses and other plants for desert tortoise enclosures. We’ll make sure you know which are the major invasive species that you should avoid as well.

Grasses are an important component of the native flora that we are trying to help restore. If you really want to get into the grasses but aren’t sure where to start or how to use them, let us help you. All class attendees will get a dollar discount off of any one gallon grass they buy that day.

This class is free to the public, but we will be taking any donations for the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum’s buffelgrass removal program. <— follow that link if you would like to directly donate to them.

If you’d like to volunteer to help eradicate buffelgrass, an exotic invasive grass that is threatening the low desert by bringing fire to a community of plants that haven’t evolved with fire, sign up here.

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The Right Plant, the Right Place: Planning the Landscape
Oct
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Right Plant, the Right Place: Planning the Landscape

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here.

Instead of planting willy-nilly, learn how to plan your landscape, establishing zones that make sense for your needs, while conserving water and providing for wildlife.

  • Planting the Water: how to grade the landscape so that you take advantage of the rainfall.

  • Planting the Shade and the Sun: how to properly place trees and taller plants so that they work for you. Establishing the understory.

  • Placing the vegetable/herb garden.

  • Pollinator beds.

  • Meeting both human and wildlife needs.

  • A selection of the best plants for our region: plant profiles with growing information and where to put these plants.

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Growing Vegetables &amp; Herbs in the Desert
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

Growing Vegetables & Herbs in the Desert

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here.

In this class we will go over all the basics for growing vegetables and herbs in our region, addressing all the seasons. We will be covering how to do this organically, supporting wildlife and avoiding waging war on pests.

  • The basics of the seasons for edible gardening.

  • An introduction to compost, soil nutrition, and biology in the garden.

  • Planning and digging out the beds.

  • Where to put what: giving plants enough room and using the shade to your advantage.

  • Planting from seed vs. planting nursery-grown plants. Getting it all started.

  • Maintenance of the plants and garden bed when plants are growing.

  • Keeping pollinators happy.

  • Transitioning between the seasons.

  • Container growing for small spaces.

  • Managing your bounty: harvesting and preserving of your crops.

  • Questions and Answers.

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Wildlife Gardening
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Wildlife Gardening

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here.
Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-class shopping. Class starts at 7:30pm.

We will cover the basics of turning your backyard (or front yard) into a wildlife corridor.

  • How to design the landscape to support wildlife.

  • How to select the right nectar plants.

  • Larval food plants, planting and considerations.

  • Plants that are for the birds.

  • Bees: domestic and native.

  • Maintaining the balance: dealing with pests.

  • Lizards & bats.

  • Life underground.

  • Critters we hate and love.

  • Wildlife gardening in small places: guidelines for patios and more urban areas.

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Establishing New Plants &amp; Basic Plant Care
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

Establishing New Plants & Basic Plant Care

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase tickets here.
Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-class shopping. Class starts at 7:30pm.

A great class for people who just moved here, or are totally new to gardening and landscaping in our region.

Even if you are experienced, we will touch upon more advanced subjects in this class like soil microbiology.

  • Soil preparation for landscape and garden. Basic soil biology as it relates to plants.

  • Planting and acclimating a new start: both vegetables/herb gardens, as well as xeric landscape plants.

  • Caring for established plants, seasonal care.

  • Plant/soil nutrition in our region.

  • Questions/Answers

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Growing Vegetables &amp; Herbs in the Desert
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Growing Vegetables & Herbs in the Desert

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Limited to 25 people. Reserve your space by purchasing your ticket. $15 advance. $20 at the door if not purchased online. Purchase ticket here.
Doors open at 6:30pm for pre-class shopping. Class starts at 7:30pm.

In this class we will go over all the basics for growing vegetables and herbs in our region, addressing all the seasons. We will be covering how to do this organically, supporting wildlife and avoiding waging war on pests.

  • The basics of the seasons for edible gardening.

  • An introduction to compost, soil nutrition, and biology in the garden.

  • Planning and digging out the beds.

  • Where to put what: giving plants enough room and using the shade to your advantage.

  • Planting from seed vs. planting nursery-grown plants. Getting it all started.

  • Maintenance of the plants and garden bed when plants are growing.

  • Keeping pollinators happy.

  • Transitioning between the seasons.

  • Container growing for small spaces.

  • Managing your bounty: harvesting and preserving of your crops.

  • Questions and Answers.

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Monsoon Pollinator Gardening with Carianne Campbell
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Monsoon Pollinator Gardening with Carianne Campbell

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Arrive just before sunset to browse Spadefoot Nursery's beautiful native plant selection, and then grab a cold prickly pear lemonade and a seat for a presentation on monsoon gardening with pollinators in mind! Carianne Campbell from Strategic Habitat Enhancements will discuss common monsoon pollinators in urban Tucson, along with their habitat and food needs. Nursery owners Jared McKinley, and Katy Gierlach will be on-hand to answer your most pressing native gardening questions.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Space will be limited to 25 participants.

Sign up for classes here.


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