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Build the Best Soil

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Soil chemistry for the home gardener: Have you toiled away all summer and had poor results: tiny onions, bug infested lettuces, and bland tasting carrots? You can blame some of these problems on imbalances in soil chemistry. Just like you need a blood test to tell you what's wrong with your body, you need to get a soil test to tell you what is going on with your soil. Balanced pH and appropriate levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients are essential for successful organic gardening. Learn about these elements, how to test your soil and how to make the best soil for your garden.

Confessing herself to be a fascinated plant fool, Jackie Robson was first motivated to learn organic growing by the simple desire to feed herself. The core idea of food security hit her all at once when talking to friend in the mid-80’s. Her friend, Paul talked about city dwellers as sitting ducks with no ability to grow food and provide for themselves. At that moment, Jackie decided that she would learn everything she could about providing year-round organic produce. That decision has lead Jackie down some surprising, twisty turns. She was first hired as the horticulturist for the Sooke Garden Project in 1988, going on to become coordinator/instructor for the Colwood Garden Project. Jackie went on to learn about the politics of food security by working as the garden coordinator for the PATH Project, (Promoting Action Toward Health), helping to found the Wark St. Commons. Jackie continues to work for the commons with other dedicated volunteers. She also gardens and gives tours at The Sooke Harbour House and works as head gardener at Pt. Ellice House, while working with friends and neighbours to create as many beautiful and functional gardens as she can.

**Pre-Registration Required.**

Cost: Member: $10.00
General: $15.00
Category: Everything Else
    Home & Garden
Sports | Recreation
Location: Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
1216 North Park Street, Victoria
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
(250) 386-9676
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