Gardening Class Spring Schedule 2015

**Saturday Classes at Peace Garden

When: 11 AM to 12 PM
Where: Peace Garden Learning Center:
1950 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach CA 90802
Classes are FREE! Small gifts for all participants!
To RSVP please contact Viki Ornelas at (562) 570-7904 or at

April 25: Seed Starting, Summer/Fall Prep, and Harvesting
May 23: Composting
June 13: Soil Health and Pests

**Tuesday Classes at Houghton Park

When: 12 PM to 1 PM
Where: Houghton Park Community Center
6301 Myrtle Ave. Long Beach, CA 90805

Classes are FREE! Small gifts for all participants!
To RSVP please contact Viki Ornelas at (562) 570-7904 or at

April 21: Seed Starting, Summer/Fall Prep, and Harvesting
May 12: Composting
June 9: Soil Health and Pests

**Wednesday Classes at Civic Center

When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
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 or call 562-570-5927

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

Also check the links below for classes on related topics from other local organizations:

Landscape classes at LB Water Department
Nature classes at Eldorado Nature Center
Compost/Vermipost classes at Environmental Services Bureau

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
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
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


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
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(2010-2011)
~ High Mowing Organic Seeds(2013)
~ Tomato Fest(2013)
~ Peaceful Valley(2015)
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange(2015)

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