Preserving Your Garden Harvest: Fresh Storage, Easy Freezing, Dehydrating & Canning
When you work so hard to start your seeds, collect up the many seedlings that you’ve bought or traded with friends, and plant all of those veggies and fruits it becomes invaluable to be able to save all of that wonderful food. Join the SSI Garden Club and Linda Gilkeson for an online Zoom workshop to learn about the best methods to make your food go as far as it can.
This workshop will cover four basic ways to keep surplus produce, starting with how to store fresh onions, potatoes, squash and apples without processing. Preserving methods to be covered will include how to freeze fruit and vegetable and how to
dehydrate fruit, vegetables and herbs. The final section will demonstrate equipment and methods for simple cold and hot pack canning. Bring your questions!
Linda is a retired Entomologist, author, wonderful gardening instructor and a real Salt Spring Island Gem! Join Linda and gain insights into traditional and new ideas for your home grown and purchased fresh produce.
YEAR ROUND HARVEST 2020/21
This 10-month series of classes runs from January to October to take you through the whole gardening season. We start with planning the garden, preparing the soil and understanding soil fertility, composting and organic amendments.
We continue with planting schedules, what to grow and how to grow it so you can harvest food from your organic garden all 12 months of the year. You will learn low maintenance, ecological methods for producing a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, how to fertilize the soil, design garden beds, prevent and manage pests and disease without pesticides, save seeds and deal with extreme weather.
All classes are held at the Farmers’ Institute, 351 Rainbow Road, Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 9:30 pm