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Learn to garden in small spaces

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Just because you have a small yard doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden, too.

Learn how to bring small spaces to life through a “Small Plot and Raised Bed Gardening” workshop sponsored by Southwest Virginia Fresh (SO Fresh) Saturday, March 22. SO Fresh is an all-volunteer organization that promotes the local foods economy.

The hands-on, outdoor workshop will be held 1-4 p.m. in the town of Pulaski and proved to be “wildly successful” last year, according to SO Fresh’s Debbie Lineweaver. In fact, a second date had to be added to meet the demand.

“In three hours, you will leave with know-how, shared experiences from other participants, handouts, and a pair of gloves to get started,” she said of the workshop.

Last year’s participants learned how to build raised beds, how to garden with wall pockets and the use of other small-garden techniques. They will leave the workshop confident they can put their knowledge to work themselves.

“Creating a small garden space changes how you feel about your yard and life in general.  It becomes an oasis of peace and solace,” said Instructor Leigh Speigel.

Like the space in your yard, space in the workshop is limited, so register early. Call 980-3094 and ask for SO Fresh or emailing mtn2mtn@psknet.com. The cost is $10. Directions to the workshop will be provided to registrants.

Participants are asked to dress in layers and be able to stand and move about a rolling backyard area for a few hours.  There will be an indoor refreshment break.

SO Fresh is devoted to bringing consumers, producers, and other local foods organizations together to actively elevate and promote the Southwest Virginia foods economy through education, marketing and networking.

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