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Think Spring! Gardening Workshop


Think Spring! Gardening Workshop

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 30, 2024, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Think Spring! Gardening Workshop

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, March 16th, 2024, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, March 30th, 2024, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • It’s still winter outside, but spring is right around the corner! Now is the perfect time to start thinking and planning for our garden success! 
  • In this three-part series you will learn the fundamental principles of vegetable gardening and how to plan, plant and manage for a bountiful growing season.

Saturday March 2nd                               Part I:       "Soil"

Speaker:Frank Clarke, Agriculture Environmental Sustainability Educator, CCE Cayuga

A successful garden starts with healthy soil.In this session you will learn the importance of soil for planting success and gain an understanding of the physical and chemical properties of soil.You’ll become familiar with common soil terms and concepts used in soil science and gain a basic understanding of different types of fertilizers and when to use them.

Saturday March 16th                         Part II:   "Vegetable Gardening"

Speaker: Steve Reiners, Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Horticulture Section Cornell AgriTech

In this session we will cover the planning and planting of the vegetable garden.We will discuss plant selection and placement, planting times, cool season vs. warm season crops, and management techniques for a successful growing season.We will also cover some advanced gardening topics and common garden pests.Whether you’ve gardened for years and would like to learn more or are new to gardening and want to know where to start, this session is for you!

Saturday March 30th                   Part III:   "Using Native Plants in the Garden"

Speaker: Krissy Boys, Natural Areas Horticulturist, Cornell Botanical Gardens

Native plants provide food and shelter for our native pollinators. In this session you will learn about the importance of native plants in the landscape and their value in the garden. Because they originate here, native plants tend to be more resilient, require less maintenance, and are more likely to come back year after year. From attracting pollinators for our vegetables, to creating pollinator habitat in our gardens, this session will get you excited to think about and plan your next native landscape!

  • All sessions will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in Room 140 in the County Office Building located at 60 Central Ave, Cortland. 
  • Sessions are $10 each, or $25 for all three. 
  • Space is limited, so register early to save your spot! 

If you prefer to pay cash at the beginning of the session or if you would like to attend and pay-what-you-can please email to make arrangements. No one will be turned away as long as space is still available.


3 sessions: $10 each or all 3 sessions for $25



Lisa Woodruff
Horticulture Program
607-391-2660 x409


CCE of Cortland County
County Office Building
60 Central Avenue, Room 140
Cortland, NY 13045

Last updated February 12, 2024