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Garden Program Themes and Description
 
 
Gardening Basics
 
Our Gardening Basics theme touches on several concepts, to be taken as a structure for the rest of our themes. The theme typically covers composting, parts of a plant, how a seed grows, recycling and beneficial insects.
 
Composting
 
Composting is the decomposition of plant remains and other once-living materials to make an earthy, dark, crumbly substance that is excellent for enriching garden soil. It is a way to recycle your yard and kitchen wastes, and is a critical step in reducing the volume of garbage needlessly sent to landfills for disposal. It is very easy to learn how to compost.
 
Recycling and Reusing
 
Students will learn how to recycle, pollution prevention and how help protect the environment. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.' Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles, and electronics.
 
Organic Gardening Basics
 
A successful organic gardener avoids using harmful chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and understands how to work with, not against, Nature. While there are organic equivalents for just about every type of chemical pesticide and fertilizer, here you will learn how to grow healthy plants and soils, with minimal use of those organic pesticides and fertilizers.
 
Vermiculture
 
Vermiculture is the process of allowing worms to break down organic matter for the purpose of collecting the products of the worms’ digestion, a highly prized material which can be used as a soil amendment and fertilizer. Interest in this process is increasing along with the interest in recycling and organic fertilizers.

The Benefits of Insects
 
Pest control is one of the places where organic gardening can actually be superior to chemical methods. Instead of using harsh pesticides to get rid of garden pests, it is often better and more effective to use beneficial insects to get rid of harmful ones. Harmful insects are often unable to compete, once more beneficial insects have been brought in to the organic garden.
 
Plant with care
 
Discover why it is a good idea to know about the full life cycle of what you are planting, and where. There are quite a few useful plants, which while beneficial, also tend to escape their bounds.
 
Companion Gardening
 
Certain garden plants benefit greatly when they are planted with or near other types of plants. Learn how to get the most out these interactions.
 
Gardens Galore
 
Types of garden design include the layout of hard landscape, such as paths, rockeries, walls, water features, sitting areas and decking, as well as the plants themselves, with thoughtfulness for their season-to-season appearance, lifespan, growth habit and size.