Urban Organic Gardening Seminars 2018

Learn about organic vegetable, herb, and edible flower gardening with experienced and qualified instructors. Three half-day, Saturday morning seminars will cover 9 different topics designed to help you plan, plant, grow, and harvest your own little slice of organic paradise in the city. See below for full details on each topic offered.

One day passes are available, which includes 3 full seminars. Or discounts are available with registration for full package passes, 9 seminars in all. Student discounts are available too!

Where: The Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W, Ottawa

When: Saturday mornings – March 10th, April 14th, May 12th 9:30am-1:30pm

**Space is limited**

Please arrive at 9:30am for announcements.

Questions? Email seminars.uog.cog.oso@gmail.com


2018 Schedule

Saturday March 10th – 9:30am-1:30pm

Growing Organic Vegetables, Herbs & Edible Flowers – This seminar will be an overall introduction to organic gardening. Join us for a jam-packed seminar filled with topics like finding a gardening space, individual vs community gardens, creating the actual physical structure of the garden, plant requirements, realities of the Ottawa Valley climate, importance of diversity, identifying heat loving vs cold tolerant veggies, uncommon veggies, the gardening calendar, basic gardening techniques and care such as planting strategies, mulching, watering, weeding, picking/harvesting.

Container, Small Space, and Labour Saving Urban Garden – Learn tips and tricks from a seasoned gardener. From labour saving techniques to vertical gardening, this seminar will suggest new growing spaces, container gardening, ways to maximize the garden space you have available, and practices to reduce the labour involved.

Starting Seeds Indoors and Out– Interested in starting your own seeds but not sure where or when to start?  From tomatoes and peppers to melons and kale, learn about the soils, practices, times, and places best suited to plant seeds for particular plants.  Not all seeds are started indoors, and not all seeds are planted at the same time.  Some seed can be in the ground in April and some seed must be started indoors in March.

1:30pm – seed sale


Saturday April 14th – 9:30am-1:30pm

Soil – The quality of your garden depends on the health of your soil — healthy organic soil is the key to successful growing, and is your first line of defense against pests and disease. In this seminar, you’ll learn how to build healthy soil the organic way, while expanding your mastery of basic soil science.

Compost – Healthy soil and bountiful harvests require the right amendments. This seminar focuses on the basics of backyard and balcony composting.  Learn about the richness of home compost, compost “tea,” balancing ingredients, decomposition concerns, aerating, trouble shooting, compost readiness, and compost distribution.

Garden Planning Workshop – This collaborative, hands-on workshop will take the group though a detailed garden planning worksheet, with the goal of supporting you in creating your 2018 garden plan. With the guidance of an experienced organic gardener, you’ll work your way through the art of developing a successful organic garden while working around your known environment constraints, implementing your succession planting goals, applying your own preferences for certain plants and varieties, and honouring the aesthetic features you value in your garden.

1:30pm – seed sale


Saturday May 12th – 9:30am-1:30pm

Garden Diagnosis & Organic Garden Management of Pests & Diseases – Learn the basics of garden pest and disease diagnosis, what to do if there is a problem and preventative strategies

Extending the Gardening Growing Season, & Winterizing – It might seem a little early to think about extending the season as well as winterizing both pots and plots.  However, when the summer flies by you’ll be glad you learned the tips and tricks necessary to save your containers, save money, continue the harvest, and prepare your garden for an even better 2019.

Seed Saving – Become a seed saver! Explore the basics of saving vegetable and flower seeds. Learn the importance of saving seeds from your garden, discover which plants to save seeds from, and find out how to collect, clean, and save those seeds including proper storage for viability.

1:30pm – seed sale

Registration Packages and Fees