If your image of making tea starts with a white paper mesh bags filled with mysterious dried leaves, this workshop will blow your mind. Green, black, and white teas are all versions of dried and cured leaves of Camellia sinensis, which are a little too thirsty for San Diego gardens. But that’s not the case for herb teas. Our climate is great for growing lemon verbena, mint, cardamom, pineapple sage, lavender, hyssop, and many more herbs you can use to blend your very own teas, dried or fresh. In this hands-on workshop, Nan Sterman demonstrates a host of herbs that are super easy in a pot or in the ground and all of which make great teas. Get ready to get dirty while you plant a pot of tea.
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Plant It Hot or Plant It Spicy: Grow Herbs at Home
Do you like hot or do you like spicy? Either way, it’s easy to grow the herbs you like to use in your favorite recipes. Homegrown herbs taste totally different from the dry herbs sold in the market. In this hands-on workshop, Nan Sterman introduces you to a host of fresh familiar and specialty herbs, from bay to oregano, myrtle to lavender. You’ll plant your own pots too, one hot, one spicy, to take home and grow in your garden. If you love to cook and you like to garden, this workshop is made for you. In fact, once you go fresh, you might never go back.
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Container Gardening How-to
Not everyone has room for an entire garden but everyone has room for a container garden. Container gardens are just like gardens in the ground, just smaller. They have exactly the same requirements – light, water, and soil. In this demonstration, Nan discusses the best uses for different types of containers and how to match plants to pots and pots to plants. She’ll demonstrate container-planting methods, how to combine plants, how to find the right spot for container gardens, and so on. She’ll share some of her best tips for making container gardens instant successes. Focus can be on edibles or ornamentals, depending on the audience.
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From Sticks to Stems: Propagate Plants from Cuttings
Starting new plants from cuttings is truly amazing. Lop off a branch, stick it into some potting soil and soon its an entire plant! And truthfully, it is almost that easy after participants know some of the tricks that propagators use. Once they see and understand the process, they can propagate almost anything, from the shrubs coveted in a neighbor’s garden to that new perennial on sale at the nursery (though not if it is a patented variety). This demonstration covers some of the basics making and potting cuttings, how to care for them, and how to transplant them once they are ready to go!