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Take a Gardening Class with Geri Miller of The Cooks Garden

January 4, 2016

Geri Miller of The Cooks Garden has been tending some beds for us in the Pasadena Community Gardens for a few months now, allowing us to harvest directly from our garden to your plate. And now Geri is offering a class to the public on an intro to organic gardening. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a local expert!
 
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Intro to Organic Gardening Basics

Join us to celebrate the beginning of the 2016 winter gardening season! We are opening the season with a gardening class on organic gardening basics taught by Master Gardener, Horticulturist and Union restaurant grower, Geri Miller.
 
This class will include:
~ HGEL Lecture on basic gardening techniques and edibles for the cool season including: Brief overview of soil management, planting strategies, fertilizing, pest/disease control
 
~ The Right Plant for the Right Place – What to plant in the cool season and where to plant it.
 
~ Attendees will also receive A FREE fall edible plant to add to your own garden And receive a 20% discount on Geri’s Book, A Guide to Vegetable Gardening in Southern California. A guided tour of the Union Restaurant beds will follow the class.
 
When:
Saturday January 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PST
 
Where
The Pasadena Community Garden
721 So. Pasadena Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
 
Free street parking is available on So. Pasadena Ave. but get there early for the best spots! Limited parking is also available inside the garden.
 
Fee:
FREE for PCG members. Non-PCG members are asked to make a suggested donation of $15 at the door payable to The Pasadena Community Garden. You must be registered to attend as seating is limited. Registration includes a LINK to the handout for attendees to view on IPad or printout & bring to class. The link will be emailed to you a couple of days prior to the class.
 
NO PAPER COPY OF THE HANDOUT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT CLASS SO DON’T FORGET YOURS! YOU’LL BE LOST WITHOUT IT!
 
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Team Union visits new garden boxes with Geri Miller

November 27, 2015

This week Team Union visited our new garden boxes in Pasadena so that the staff could learn what we have planted there, Geri Miller’s planting process and how to harvest for Union’s menu. Below are a few pictures from our first lesson and some highlights from the garden.

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It was a gorgeous day.

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Everyone from Team Union showed up. Even the newbies.

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The team got up close and personal with the plants.

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Geri walked us through everything we have growing including fava beans, several different kinds of cauliflower, broccoli, basil and other herbs.

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There are billions of living organisms living just in the top 4 inches of the soil.

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Geri says the keep rate on what we’re harvesting from our own boxes is three times as long as food you would buy from the store.

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Geri explains that by harvesting at just the right time, we can get the exact flavor profile from anything we pick.

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To keep the plant healthy, you should never harvest more than 30% of the plant at one time. Geri says, “The leaves are the solar panel of the plant.”

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Some plants are particularly good at transferring the taste of the earth through their leaves. This is called “terroir.”

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Geri explains: Nitrogen feeds the leaves. Phosphorous helps a plant’s blossoms, fruits and root system. And potassium helps the plant’s immune system and cold tolerance.

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Geri has planted us a bio-diverse box that they will harvest aggressively to keep the plants small and active.

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Geri keeps us up to date with weekly emails.

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Here’s a recent update from Geri on what’s been going on in the boxes: “Greetings from garden! Things look really good! Basil is not dealing with cold nights but we knew it was a crapshoot. Wind dried out a few seedlings in cauliflower bed but gave them a little misting and they perked up. We lost a couple of favas which we’ll replace. I’m planting Romanesco and black salsify today. ”

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Food is already starting to grow!

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We’ve got three full boxes planted for us…

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And you can tell which one’s are ours because they’re booming!

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Chef Kalman and Geri make a great team!