Help for those lacking green thumbs

CEED Centre offering a series of gardening

Janet Amsden picks carrots from the CEED Centre garden.

Janet Amsden picks carrots from the CEED Centre garden.

The Community Education on Environment and Development Centre wants to make it easier to get people thinking about growing their own – food that is.

So it’s offering a series of short courses on gardening, with the first one on Monday evenings at the centre on 223rd Street, off Lougheed Highway.

The food gardening course will consist of three-hour workshops, starting with soils and water, then moving on to  fruits and vegetables.

Gail Szostek, who also teaches the longer organic gardening courses, will be teaching the food-gardening course. Each session costs $30.

Next Monday’s seminar (March 21) will deal with vegetables, while April 4 will focus on fruits. Seeds and propagation will be dealt with April 11.

“This course will get you ready to produce your own food for the season. The final session is on seeds and propagation, preparing you for the next year too,” said Christian Cowley at the centre.

Szostek will also be teaching the four-part Gardening Basics seminars that start April 30.

Those are aimed at the beginning gardener, and include instruction on growing plants, trees and shrubs and lawns, with an emphasis on organic gardening.

“We want you to understand how your garden functions and how you can enhance it rather than hinder it,” said Cowley.

Food security is one of the main concerns of the CEED Centre.

“The CEED seminars are a modest start to preparing our citizens for a changing world,” he added.