Friday, August 28, 2009
Gardening 101: EatingLA gets some green-thumb help
Tara demonstrates why it's best to start with a good-sized planter box instead of several smaller pots.
Every so often I mention my struggling patio garden, which yielded just one (admittedly delicious) heirloom tomato this year. I realized that even growing in just a few pots, it might be a good idea to actually learn something about what I was doing, so longtime friend Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms invited me to take one of her gardening workshops at the Franklin Hills Community Garden.
In just three hours, I learned a lot about what I was doing wrong. I have just one word for you: soil. Tara gave us her optimum soil recipe, the number of a guy in Pacoima who makes incredibly cheap redwood planter boxes and much more info from her hard-won experience.
We even got to take home seedlings to start.
I even learned how to knowledgeably throw around terms like cotyledon, worm castings and legume inoculation. I'm sure this is very elementary for more experienced gardeners, but I've been planting things for many years without really knowing what I'm doing, and this class made me finally feel like I'm on the path to a decent garden. Although I rushed out to buy soil amendments after finishing this class, I'm guessing I'll end up spending less in the longrun on failed planting experiments and gimmicks.
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