FREE Gardening Talks With Jim Hole
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Whether you are a seasoned veteran of gardening or a complete novice, I am offering FREE seminars at Hole's Greenhouses. See below for a full list of all the various topics and dates I'll be covering this year:
Soil: It’s Not Dirt
Bring in a sample of your soil this weekend for a FREE soil test ($25 value). There are many things that we put in our gardens to allow our soils to grow better plants. Epsom salts, lime, compost tea and sugar are just a few of the many products we can add. What does your soil need? And what about terms like pH, texture and organic matter? What do they really mean? Find out this weekend what specific changes can be made to improve your soil and grow plants like never before.
Accurately collect your soil sample:
- Sample garden soil from test area down to 15cm depth. Collect a 250ml sample.
- Potting soil sample should be 1/2 cup (125ml) and taken from the middle of the pot.
April 1st at 1PM
April 2nd at 1PM
What Grows Indoors
Is there a killer in your home? Is it you?
In this indoor plant workshop Jim will cover the fundamentals of growing plants indoors and answer all of those burning questions including, which plants are best for cleaning the air in your home and which plants are safe for your pets. Whatever your questions may be, you will leave this workshop feeling confident and prepared to grow your indoor oasis.
Tomatoes: Not All Are Created Equally
Tomatoes are the single most popular garden vegetable. But there are so many different varieties and so many different ways to grow them. Jim will talk about his top tomato favourites and what soils, sprays, fertilizers and containers are best for growing the tastiest tomatoes and getting the most fabulous yields.
Growing terrific tomatoes is easy once you choose the best varieties and grow them in the best environment.
10 Surefire Ways To Kill Your Trees And Shrubs
Trees and shrubs are some of our most precious garden plants. They provide beauty, shade, wildlife habitat while also increasing our property values.
Over the years, Jim has seen thousands of samples of distressed trees and provided advice for people to ensure their trees lead a long and healthy life.
In "10 surefire ways to kill your trees" Jim will show you how to keep your trees and shrubs healthy by avoiding the 10 most common tree killers.
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Go Vertical - Grow In Containers
Growing plants in containers can save time, money and perhaps - most importantly -your back! Going vertical is a great option – and sometimes the only option- for those who live in condos or apartments. But even if you have unlimited space, going vertical with containers can still provide the ‘greatest bang for the buck’.
But being successful with containers requires the right type of soil, fertilizer and other components to get the greatest return on your investment.
Jim will show how easy and rewarding container can be if once you learn the basics.
Starting Seeds Indoors: Just Add Light…And A Few Other Things
Starting seeds indoors is easy and can save you money. And it’s fun! Small spaces in your home are great for starting seeds provided that you have growlights and few other supplies.
Jim will explore the world of starting seeds indoors and show you all of the steps required for success. Containers, soil, lights, fertilizer, heat mats, moisture and temperature will be discussed to get your seedlings off to a great start indoors this year.
Pruning: The Best Time To Prune Is When The Saw Is Sharp
Fear of pruning is one of the main reasons why trees and shrubs don’t look their best, or worse, why they die. Pruning is an extremely important part of tree and shrub health, but knowing how to prune, when to prune and which tools to use to do the job correctly and safely.
Jim will demonstrate how to prune and what you can prune yourself and when it is time to call in the pros. Bring your specific pruning questions to the Q&A portion after the presentation.
How To Get Rid Of Bugs Without Sprays. (Conventional and Organic Included)
There are a growing number of people who don’t want to use any type of spray – organic or not in their yards. But is it possible to grow a garden without any sprays whatsoever? The answer is yes! Jim will show how you can to do it by understanding more about the plants, tools and beneficial insects, fungi and bacteria that will help to control serious plant pests.
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Better Choices, Best Advice For New Gardeners
Never planted a thing in your life? Don’t know which way the seed goes in the ground or why some plants are called perennials? Feel embarrassed to ask garden questions? We’ve all been there – me included!
My presentation covers everything on how to get started in gardening and is designed for the complete novice. Jim will answer all of those garden questions that you may have been too afraid to ask and ensure that you leave the presentation with a roadmap on how to successfully grow plants!