Gardening Class Schedule 2014
Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Location: Civic Center Edible Garden at LB City Hall

February 12th - Soil Amendment; What Makes Healthy Soil
March 12th - Basics of Seed Starting
April 23rd - Spring/Summer Preparation Class
May 14th - Native Plants Display and Water-saving Measures for Gardening
June 11th - Herb Propagation Methods
July 16th - Composting for Small Spaces; DIY Compost Bin
August 13th - Square-Foot Gardening (Space Utilization) and Alternative Gardening Methods
September 17th - Pests and Diseases in Vegetable Garden; Organic Spray Recipes
October 15th - Fall/Winter Preparation Class
November 12th - Alternative Planters (DIY or Buying Vertical Planters)

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Visit the Civic Center Edible Garden and learn how to easily grown 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. However, 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

Earthbox Containers
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
Meadow is a great choice.

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