Environmental Classes in Irving

I have always worked with the kids on planting a few fruits or vegetables in pots in our backyard.  We've grown strawberries and peanuts but they never really did well.  We usually have good success with tomatoes and various types of peppers...well, at least until it gets really hot in July and August and we don't go outside as much for fear of melting under the sun's burning rays.  We also have problems with bugs eating away at our veggies.

This year we were hoping to take the leap to a real garden.  We like the idea of square foot gardening.  We have seeds sprouting indoors waiting to go into the ground. We have the wooden frame of what will someday become a nice square foot garden.  However, with the flood and us now living in a hotel, the garden is at a standsill and the seedlings indoors are not looking very healthy.

However, we are still trying to learn a lot more about how to grow our own food and making sure our kids learn along with us.  I was excited to find these classes that are coming up.  Irving’s Think Green, Be Green Department is offering several classes to help residents learn to be better stewards of the planet.  Click HERE to register online. 

·   Beneficial Insects: 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 20, West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road. Most insects are friends of the gardener. Dallas County Master Gardener Carolyn Rozier will help students identify insects that are helpful to the gardener and offer tips on how to effectively decrease dependence on pesticides.

·   Rainwater Harvesting: 9 to 11 a.m., May 31, location provided upon registration. Learn about water conservation through the harvesting of rainwater. Students also will learn how to build a rainwater harvesting collection barrel. At the end of the clinic, students will receive a rain barrel ready for use. Registration required. $30.

Backyard Composting:  6 to 8 p.,. June 3. Learn how to compost using the hot and cold methods.  Students also will discuss types of materials to use in building a compost pile as well as troubleshooting composting problems. Students also will learn about the benefits of compost and applications in gardening.

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