The 3 Ms for a great garden at The Educated Gardener, Santa Margarita
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

The 3 Ms for a great garden at The Educated Gardener, Santa Margarita

Come learn about the 3 M’s & activate your soil for a wildly successful,  exceptionally delicious & beautifully abundant garden! 

This free class will include a compost tea demonstration with tea available for purchase. 

Bring your friends, your curiosity & a gallon container. 

Morning snacks will be provided.

 

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HIGH VALUE, ECONOMICAL VERMICOMPOST TEA
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

HIGH VALUE, ECONOMICAL VERMICOMPOST TEA

This discussion focuses on the value and importance of compost teas and extracts. Properly made aerated compost teas and compost extracts are continuing to receive lots of attention from the science and farming community. You may likely be surprised at how effective and efficent these liquid solutions are, and how quickly improvements can be seen. 

We'll show you a DIY brewer, how to build it yourself and how to apply this living water to your landscape, vegetable beds, houseplants and trees.

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TOMATO FANDANGO AT TIBER CANYON, SLO
Apr
14
to Apr 15

TOMATO FANDANGO AT TIBER CANYON, SLO

  • Tomato Fandango at Tiber Canyon Olive Oil Ranch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For several years, we have participated in Tomato Fandango. A great place to purchase a great variety of tomato plants. This fundraiser for Growing Grounds is a worthy cause, and there's always an abundance of mouth-watering treats, food demos and the pizza oven is going all day long! Join us and pick up some vermicompost and check out the latest in vortex compost tea brewing!

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COMPOST TEA & EXTRACT EQUIPMENT DEMO
Mar
23
3:30 PM15:30

COMPOST TEA & EXTRACT EQUIPMENT DEMO

Three brewing/extraction systems will be on display. Get the low-down on the difference between compost teas and extracts and the respective applications. New research will be discussed and information will be available for you to take home.

As always, free tours of the vermicomposting operation open from 2-5. The equipment demonstration will begin at 3:30.

Vermicompost and vermicompost tea will be available for purchase. Bring your friends! 

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Simple Science Behind a GREAT Garden
Feb
23
3:30 PM15:30

Simple Science Behind a GREAT Garden

Starting with the basic understanding of what I call "the 3 Ms", you will be ready to prepare your garden soil for a wildly successful Spring/Summer garden.

Minerals, Microbes and Mycellium - essential key components to building soil that will support your plants so they can achieve their highest potential - producing highly nutritious food that tastes so good even those finnicky eaters will smile and want more!

This class is free. Bring your friends! Continuous tours of the worm farm will take place before the class between 2 and 3:30.

An email letting me know you will attend is helpful, but not necessary. We just want to have enough chairs and handouts for everyone.

cristy@blackdiamondvermicompost.com

See you there!

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It All Starts With the Soil
Oct
14
3:30 PM15:30

It All Starts With the Soil

Amanda Smith and Cristy Christie make understanding the soil food web easy, fun and entertaining! This talk gets into all the amazing magical science details of the life in the soil and how it instinctively cooperates together to create health and balance below ground, at ground level and above the ground.  Although it may seem like the soil life is running the show, you will discover how plants are really making all the decisions.

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U-pick worms and worm farm tour
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

U-pick worms and worm farm tour

The worm farm will be open to the public Saturday, Sept 23 from 1 pm to 3 pm for tours and worm harvesting.

Want to start a worm bin and have worms eat your garbage? Today is the day! U pick your own worms! Bring your worm bin ready to add worms! For just $10. you can pick up to 1000 worms. That's about one pound of red wigglers ready to consume your kitchen waste. Learn how to set up your worm bin at www.redwormcomposting.com/getting-started/. It's the best site with lots of photos and videos to help you out and answer questions.

REGISTER TO PICK WORMS - REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 2 WORM BINS AT 1 PM AND 2 WORM BINS AT 2 PM. One worm bin can have 2 people picking worms only. Having a ready to stock worm bin is also required.

You can purchase Black Diamond VermiCompost this afternoon too. We will have a limited supply of Orchard Blend available...my favorite for trees and perennials as it contains plenty of fungal food for this type of soil.

Call or text me, Cristy, at 805-674-0194 or email cristy@blackdiamondvermicompost.com to register for U-pick worms. No need to register if you simply want to see the worm farm and see how we produce Black Diamond VermiCompost! 

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Winter Gardens, Cover Crops and Worm Farm Tour
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Gardens, Cover Crops and Worm Farm Tour

LOCATION:  BLACK DIAMOND VERMICOMPOST

5325 BROKEN SPUR PL, PASO ROBLES

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

EMAIL cristy@blackdiamondvermicompost.com

or call/text Cristy at 805-674-0194

You've got to get soil biology and mineralization right if you want nutritious, abundant crops. It doesn't have to be difficult and complicated. Easy to understand basic knowledge will get you started! Join us and learn how!

Experienced and knowledgeable local farmer, Dean Harrell combines biology and mineral nutrition to promote healthy plants and people. This program will help you set up your garden for the coming months and beyond, in a way that will be practical, enlightening and informative.

Demonstration garden plots include in-ground and raised beds. You will observe the filling of the raised bed including amendments. We will also prepare and plant a portion of the in-ground bed.

Passing on the winter veggies? Cover cropping is a good option for the winter. We'll discuss which cover crop seeds work for different soil types, how to plant them and what to do when they have grown and need to be harvested or incorporated.

The demonstration will conclude with a tour of the worm farm, how we produce Black Diamond VermiCompost and what makes it a unique product.

$25 pp

Put on that floppy hat you love and grab a cold bottle of water. You'll be ready to grow a great winter garden you can brag about!

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Apr
1
8:00 AM08:00

How to Make Your Soil Come Alive

We'll be at Bay Laurel Nursery in Atascadero. On El Camino Real just south of the Del Rio exit.

Minerals and microbes are essential for growing high quality plants. They must be in balance. It's easy to accomplish...come learn how!

Soil testing -- is it really necessary? We'll tell you what we know!

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