UNH Cooperative Extension will be hosting a series of workshops. The cost for all three workshops is $15:
Organic Greenhouse Workshops:
Organic vegetable production in containers is gaining popularity in the bedding plant industry. Selecting the best growing media, understanding plant nutrition, and managing insects and diseases are the key to growing healthy young plants. Join us for this 3-night series on November 8, 15 and 22 that will focus on the organic production of spring transplants and bedding plants. The workshops will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, just minutes west of Manchester, in Goffstown at the Hillsborough County Complex. This workshop series is appropriate for both beginner and advanced growers.
November 8: Growing Media and Nutrition
The makeup of the growing media is key in greenhouse production for growing healthy plants. The growing media supports the plant, holds water and nutrients for plant use and provides aeration. The composition of the media, its pH, electrical conductivity, nutrient content and availability, and the rates applied are critical for a successful crop. Learn how to choose media and fertilizers that will contribute to the succes of your crop.
This session will be taught by Dr. Becky Sideman, UNHCE Specialist in Sustainable Horticulture Production; by Dr. Eric Sideman, MOFGA Organic Crop Specialist, and by Dr. Brian Krug, UNHCE Specialist in Greenhouse and Floriculture.
November 15: Insects
Learn how to use integrated pest management practices to ID and manage common greenhouse insects, how to set up and follow a scouting program and how to use biological controls as well as organic pesticides.
This session will be taught by Dr. Alan Eaton, UNHCE Entomology Specialist.
November 22: Diseases
Determining whether a problem is caused by environmental conditions or a disease organism can be tricky. Prevention is always the best method to reduce losses due to diseases. Good sanitation and the use of proper cultural practices can go a long way toward preventing disease problems. Learn how to implement good sanitation practices, how to develop a scouting program to monitor for diseases, and how to ID and manage common greenhouse diseases when they do occur.
This session will be taught by Dr. Cheryl Smith, UNHCE Plant Health Specialist.
Hillsborough County Complex
329 Mast Road
For further information, call 862-3200.