Gardening Class Winter/Spring Schedule 2015

When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month

Where:
Civic Center Edible Garden near east entrance to City Hall:
333 W. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802

Classes are FREE! Giveaways at a first come, first served basis!

**Please RSVP at civiccenterediblegarden@gmail.com or call 562-570-5927

January 21: Vermiculture for Beginners: Composting with earthworms

February 18: Seed saving: How to collect and store seeds

March 18: Soil Health: What is healthy soil & how to amend

April 15: Summer Planting Prep: All about summer crops

May 20: Vegetable Harvesting and Storage: When to harvest and storing methods

June 17: Composting 101: Turn your vegetable scraps into soil amendment







Visit the Civic Center Edible Garden and learn how to easily grow your own food in garden containers!

The Office of Sustainability staff manages a demonstration garden outside of City Hall. The purpose of the Civic Center Edible Garden is to educate the residents of Long Beach about growing their own food.

The garden demonstrates that a big yard is not necessary since all of our vegetables are grown in containers called
EarthBoxes. A vertical garden component and homemade planters are the newest addition to our garden. There are two staff members managing the garden year round.

During the summer, we train a various number of green job trainess about the benefits of gardening and how to start/maintain their own urban gardens. The excess harvest is donated to
Food Not Bombs, a local organization that prepares and distributes the food to the local homeless community.






What is Urban Gardening?

Urban gardening involves the idea that citizens can grow food no matter where they live, whether it's a high rise apartment, a tiny condo, or a house with no backyard. Some examples of urban gardening are:

~Community gardens (located all across the city)
~Container gardening (such as this garden)
~Rooftop gardens (speak to your landlord)

~Garden sharing (renting out space from a neighbor who has a yard)






What are we growing?

The Earthbox containers are specially designed to require less water, which is important while we continue to experience a drought.

Fall/Winter Spring/Summer
Lettuce Garlic Corn Squash
Kale Carrots Tomatoes Watermelon
Broccoli Radishes Peppers Strawberries
Cabbage Peas Basil Okra
Onions Arugula Cucumber Beans
Spinach Beets Zucchini Eggplant

Here is a more detailed list



Creating An Urban Garden Using Containers



Earthbox C
ontainers
Earthbox containers are ideal for small spaces and are durable containers that may last up to 15 years.
The containers have a unique watering system that prevents plants from being over watered. Mulch
covers complete the system by conserving water and preventing weed growth.



Vertical Planters

Through a microgrant from EcoMedia, a new vertical garden component has recently been added which
showcases
florafelts, woolly pockets, grow towers, and Earthbox minigarden. The newly introduced vertical
garden system is sponsored by Waste Management. Planting vertically uses up less surface area while
producing comparable yields as a larger plot. We choose to grow organic in order to reduce our environmental
impact.


(From left to right) FLORAFELT, GROW TOWER, WOOLLY POCKET, MINI GARDEN



We are also showcasing a cheaper alternative planter pocket called
The Urban Garden.




A unique addition to the garden is the Triolife Pyramid Planter, which can be purchased in 3 tiers or 5 tiers. Great for flowers, succulents, and herbs.




When growing on nonpermeable surfaces such as we are, an enclosed raised bed like this Deep
Meadow
is a great choice.




California Native Plants

Despite the Garden identifying as an "edible garden", we have slowly been incorporating native California plant displays as well. Some of our displays include a desert landscape, a Mediterranean landscape, and a coastal sage scrub landscape. Our most recent plant feature is a California Native Shade Garden. The purpose of these components is to show residents alternative landscapes to grass lawns, that is aesthetically unique and pleasing while being easy to maintain and saves you money on irrigation! Come check them out!




This Sustainable Long Beach initiative is made possible through a joint partnership with the
Office of Sustainabilityand the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

The vegetable harvest, seedling giveaways, and seed packet giveaways are made possible by generous seed donations from the following companies:
~ Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
~ High Mowing Organic Seeds
~ Tomato Fest

If you would like more information on the Civic Center Edible Garden Project, are interested in participating in future gardening workshops, or want to organize a workshop for your group/class, please call 562-570-5927 or email us at civiccenterediblegarden@gmail.com