Learn to take full advantage of the unique gardening climate in San Francisco, where you can grow your own fruits and vegetables year round. Join us each month for the Edible Garden workshop, where our expert instructors will go over everything you need to do in your vegetable garden that month. They'll also take you on a full tour of what's growing at the GFE that month. Bring questions and we'll do our best to answer them so you can reap a bountiful harvest!
January: Soil fertility, weed management, and what to plant now.
February: Planning for your garden’s needs throughout the year (planting schedules, bed preparation, and compost.
March: Growing your own transplants, what seeds to start indoors and outdoors, and successful transplanting of seedlings.
April: Choosing the right spots for your vegetables in the garden and caring for the seedlings you have started.
May: Warm weather crops and plants that attract beneficial insects and watering needs of your spring garden.
June: Garden troubleshooting, fertilization, and managing weeds during the long (and often foggy) days of San Francisco's summer.
July: Planning for your winter garden and summer pests and diseases to look out for.
August: How to take advantage of San Francisco's "second summer," tips for extending your harvest, and what crops to plant now in order to harvest vegetables throughout the winter.
September: Preparing your garden for the cool and rainy season and harvesting the fruits of your summer garden.
October: Caring for your emerging winter garden and how to properly harvest greens and lettuce.
November: Taking advantage of the rainy season by planting cold hardy crops such as garlic, peas, and edible perennials.
December: Caring for your garden in the colder months by amending the soil, adding mulch, preventing weed infestations, and harvesting herbs for winter time gifts.
INSTRUCTORS: Carey Craddock or Suzanne Bontempo
Carey Craddock is a long time gardener and lover of plants for both their beauty and their edible bounty. Carey began her horticultural career in San Francisco in 1997, as a Gardening and Composting Educator at the Garden for the Environment, where she worked for the next 5 years. She continues to teach at GFE, and currently runs her own garden design and maintenance business in San Francisco. She also serves as the parent lead on the greening and gardening projects at her children's school in SFUSD. Join her every month for her seasonal vegetable gardening class The Edible Garden.
Suzanne joined GFE in 2013. An Environmental Educator and IPM Advocate, Suzanne was recognized for excellence in her field winning with the 2013 IPM Innovators Award. Suzanne has worked in the horticulture industry for 20 years in a variety of capacities, with landscape contractors, leading garden maintenance teams and in Retail Nursery Management. Suzanne loves plants, loves nature, and loves sharing any information she can to help others have success in their gardens.
What are my transportation/parking options?
Although there is street parking available, it can be challenging on weekends. Public transportation is frequent and nearby, so it's a great option! The 6, 36, 43, and 44, bus lines and the N Judah all run within a few blocks of the garden. Forest Hill Station is also nearby and you can take the 43 or 44 directly from there to the garden.
What should I bring to the workshop?
Classes are held outside in our teaching garden. We recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes, a full water bottle, and lots of layers. You may also want to bring a notebook to take notes on what you are learning and you are welcome to bring food and join us for a picnic lunch in the garden at noon.
Do you ever cancel workshops?
We try our best not to cancel, but if the weather forecast suggests it is very likely to be pouring rain, we will cancel the workshop and notify attendees by 5pm the day before. We do hold classes in drizzling weather, however, so come prepared with rain gear. We are also occasionally forced to cancel workshops due to other unforeseen circumstances. In any case, we will happily register you for another workshop or refund your workshop fee.