9/10 – Herb Gardening

Had a great herb gardening class tonight, went a little over but had great discussion!

Slides are here – Updated for 2015. I have some new classes coming up too, including one on FISH SPECIES.

  • Soil Amendment and Composting – Crisp – Mon, Sept 14, 6-8pm
  • Those “Other” Fish – Crisp – Wed, Sept 16, 6pm-8:30pm
  • Modern Hunter-Gatherer – Salem – Thurs, Sept 17, 6pm – 8:30pm
  • Those “Other” Fish – Salem -Tuesday, Oct 13, 6pm – 8:30pm
  • Modern Hunter-Gatherer – Crisp – Wed, Oct 14, 6pm – 8:30pm
  • Soil Amendment and Composting – Salem -Thurs, Oct 15, 6-8pm
  • Computer Virus Protection – Crisp – Tues, Wed, Thurs, Dec 8, 9 &10, from 6pm – 8:30pm

Schedule is a little lighter than I usually go in a semester, but it’s been pretty crazy lately.

Foraging Slides Updated – With Links

Here you will find the updated slides for the “Modern Hunter-Gatherer.”





Garlic Mustard

Upcoming Classes (as of 3/25/15)

Spring classes are about half-way through, but I am looking to add several exciting new classes in the summer and fall semesters!

Soil Amendment & Composting – 6PM, May 21st @ Crisp – Learn about your living soil, including several popular techniques like Lasagna Gardening.

Beginning Phenology - 5:30PM, April 16th @ Crisp – Phenology is one of my favorite classes about everything and nothing. In general, Phenology is the study of the progression of the seasons – When birds migrate, buds open and fruits ripen.

Modern Hunter Gatherer - 5:30PM, April 9th @ Salem – A deep look into the wild edibles of Illinois, and how to safely gather them.

Late Season Gardening – 5:30PM May 19th @ Crisp, or April 30th @ Salem – Want to have fresh greens for Christmas? A look into season extending through easy garden practices.

In addition, I will be teaching a Webpage Design course April 27-29th, 5:30-8:00 PM at the Crisp Technology Center. If you have any questions about any of these courses, feel free to drop me a line.

EDIT: It’s kind of hard to find on KC’s website, but here are the Community Ed Course Listings (2015 SP).

The Four Season Garden


Here is a great guide to garlic, and they suggest treating hardneck and softneck the same (but you can still braid softneck if you want)

And here is the slideshow from last night!

I’m going to have an impartial party draw the winner of the $50 gift certificate this afternoon, so I’ll let everyone know who wins!


The Modern Hunter-Gatherer

To start off, here is our slideshow:

Great class last night! I think we will be able to set up a “field trip” to go out and identify some of these plants. Shooting for the end of summer / early fall, so we can hit the biggest variety. Many of the greens won’t be as tasty as they would be now, but we can see the plants with fruit on them much better, and catch the tail end of some mushroom production.

As far as buckeyes go, the Ohio Buckeye (AKA Fetid Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Aesculus glabra) are toxic and can cause paralysis and death.

The American Chestnut, members of the beech family, are very edible (apparently if roasted over an open fire). They are far less common since we started importing oriental chestnuts, which introduced chestnut blight and all but wiped out the American Chestnut. Fortunately there are several efforts underway to take remaining American Chestnuts and back-cross them or genetically modify them to create a hybrid variety that retains the characteristics of the original American Chestnut tree.

Also remember to check out Green Dean’s Eat The Weeds website! He has lots of great information about edible plants in North America.

Finally, here are a bunch of books and DVDs to check out:

A little behind :(

Got a little behind on adding the links for the last couple class downloads!

Also, here are the videos we watched in Phenology:

But in other news, I will be leaving my current full time job to freelance for myself – that means more time for gardening classes!

Lasagna Gardening

The Lasagna Gardening Class for this week is cancelled :/

In the mean time, check out these books

  • The Mini-Farming Guide to Composting - I like all of the Mini-Farming books. I bought them on Kindle, but I now wish I had the hard copy, oh well!
  • Lasagna Gardening – This is just prettied-up sheet composting, but it is written in a very friendly way for new gardeners.
  • Straw Bale Gardens – Just picked this up, I already have done this but I wanted to see what the “official” method was.