Free Sustainable Workshops

Each year, Delta offers free workshops to educate residents about sustainable gardening practices. Workshops are held in North and South Delta starting in the spring. Workshops are free, but registration is required. 

Registration is now open for all of our 2018 workshops. Visit deltareg.ca or call 604-952-3000 and use the course barcode number to register.

Have questions? Contact us!

t: 604-946-3260
e: engineering@delta.ca

Course

Description

Details 

Seed Starting and Saving Learn how to start seeds indoors this season, including how to create appropriate light and temperature, and when to transition your plants outdoors. Also learn how to harvest your seeds at the end of the growing season to become a more sustainable gardener!

Instructor: Kristin Crouch
Thursday, March 8

7 - 8:30 pm  

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode #: 403815  
Veggies 101: Planning your First Garden   Inspired to start growing your own food? Join this workshop for beginner gardeners to learn how to plan and plant your first vegetable garden. You'll learn about site selection, soil health basics and timing for planting, watering and harvesting. Draw prize!

Instructor: Kristin Crouch
Tuesday, March 13 

7 - 8:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode #: 403821
Getting Started with Fruits and Berries  Looking to grow your own fruit in the garden, but not sure where to start? This workshop will walk you through the basic pruning and care of fruit trees, berries and vines. The essentials of site selection, planting options, best varieties and container culture will also be covered.

Instructor: Mike Lascelle
Thursday, March 15 

7 - 8:30 pm

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403820
The Mason Bee BUZZ Mason bees are gentle, early-season pollinators who will do wonders for your garden. Learn how to create habitat houses for these hardworking native insects, including when and where to place cocoons outdoors this spring. Draw prize!

Instructor: Ian Lai
Thursday, March 22

7 - 8:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode #: 403785
Veggies 201: Digging Deeper into your Patch   This workshop will give you a deeper understanding of your garden and help you get a more bountiful harvest. Learn about feeding your plants, soil health, timing succession plantings and managing common garden pests. Bring your questions! Draw prize!

Instructor: Kristin Crouch 
Thursday, April 12

7 - 8:30 pm

Harris Barn 

Barcode #: 403822
Healthy Soil for a Great Garden   Find out how healthy your soil is and what to add to it for a better garden yield!  Bring a clear 1-liter container at least half full of your garden soil for some simple tests to learn how to improve it with natural fertilizers, soil amendments, and gardening techniques. 

Instructor: Rhiannon Johnson
Saturday, April 14

10 am - 12 pm

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403847
Small Space Gardening   Don’t underestimate what your little balcony or apartment can grow! Learn how to use containers, pocket gardens, pots and terracing to maximize square footage for your favourite plants and vegetables. Draw prize!

Instructor: Ian Lai
Saturday, April 21

10 - 11:30 am

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403816
All About Herbs Herbs are one of the first plants you can start in your spring garden. Learn how to grow a variety of herbs and review basic preservation methods to enjoy these culinary treats all year round.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch
  Wednesday, April 25

7 - 8:30 pm

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403823
Growing Your Year-Round Kitchen Garden   Learn how you can enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden year-round. From choosing the right crops to using winter protection, this workshop will teach you how to  extend the growing season and grow fresh food all year.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch
  Wednesday, May 2

7 - 8:30 pm

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403848
Gardening with Water Restrictions Get ready for another hot and dry summer! When it comes to conserving water in the garden, it's all about the soil. Learn about watering techniques, the benefits of native plants, and the effects of mulching and      composting to help you maintain your lawn and garden when water restrictions are in effect. Draw prize!

Instructor: Ian Lai
Saturday, May 5

10 - 11:30 am

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode #: 403818
Creating a Family Garden

CANCELLED 

Please attend the afternoon session of this workshop at the North Delta Recreation Centre, as listed below. 

Saturday, May 12
 
10 - 11:30 am

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403830
Creating a Family Garden Bring the family and find out quick and easy ways to involve your kids in growing food. Leave with plans for a pizza garden. This workshop is designed for families with children aged 5-12. 

Instructor: Ian Lai
Saturday, May 12
 
1 - 2:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode #: 403835
Crazy for Tomatoes As the days warm up, it's time to think about summer salads and fresh garden tomatoes. Learn about the tomato varieties, how to 'pot up', where to plant and when to harvest. Plant and take home your own tomato seedling.

Instructor: Kristin Crouch.
Thursday, May 17
 
7 - 8:30 pm

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403825   
Managing the Chafer Beetle Chafer beetles are an emerging pest in Delta and can cause significant damage to your lawn. Learn about proper lawn maintenance to help prevent an infestation, and how to identify and treat a chafer beetle infestation naturally using nematodes. Draw prize!
  
Instructor: Peter Isaacson
Wednesday, May 30
 
7 - 8:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode #: 403827
Introduction to Canning Get ready to capture the best of summer! Learn about the theory and best practices for hot water bath canning. Watch first hand as we process delicious user friendly recipes. Samples and draw prizes included.
  
Instructor: Ian Lai
Wednesday, June 13
 
7 - 8:30 pm

Harris Barn

Barcode #:   403849  
Backyard Composting   Composting produces a valuable nutrient-rich resource for your garden. And it's free! Learn how to start composting and maintain a successful bin year-round. Already composting? Learn tips to maximize your return with minimal effort.

Instructor: Ian Lai
Wednesday, June 20
 
7 - 8:30 pm

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403824   
The Seasonal Kitchen Support local growers and reduce your carbon footprint by buying locally. Learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious in-season meals with produce and food items available during the summer growing season. Food samples included.

Instructor: Ian Lai
Saturday,
June 23

10 - 11:30 am

Harris Barn

Barcode #:  403850
Growing a Resilient Garden in a Changing Climate Our regional climate is changing as the global climate changes. Learn how to help your plants survive ‘weird weather’, how to design a resilient garden, and other management tips to help you become an adaptable gardener.

Instructor: Linda Gilkeson
Saturday, July 14 

10 - 11:30 am

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode # 403851
Feeding Your Organic Garden Feeding the soil feeds your crops, but what does your garden actually need? Learn about plant nutritional needs, easy composting, organic amendments, soil pH and more. Leave knowing how to prepare the soil for a successful organic garden!

Instructor: Linda Gilkeson
Saturday, July 14

12 - 1:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre
  
Barcode #: 403852   
Harvesting Honey Everyone loves honey, but how do we end up with products from the hive? See how a beekeeper draws honey, cleans beeswax, makes mead and hand lotions. Learn how to make these products yourself using supplies from your own hive, or local bee farm. Draw Prize!

Instructor: Ian Lai
Saturday, September 15
 
10 - 11:30 am

Harris Barn

Barcode #: 403846   
Indoor Harvest Learn how to grow a variety of edibles indoors throughout the winter. This session covers the basics of sprouting, windowsill herbs, soil and indoor lighting requirements and options. Green thumbs all year round!
 
Instructor: Ian Lai
Saturday, September 29

10 - 11:30 am

Harris Barn
  
Barcode #: 403853
Dealing with Damaged Lawns Is your lawn being damaged by crows, skunks and raccoons? The European Chafer Beetle is the likely culprit. Learn about the beetle, its biology and how to control them come spring.

Instructor: Peter Isaacson
Thursday, October 4

7 - 8:30 pm

North Delta Recreation Centre
  
Barcode #: 403845
Growing and Eating Great Garlic Growing great garlic is simple. Learn how to prepare the soil, when to plant and what varieties to use. Participants will also learn how to store, cook and enjoy garlic year-round. Recipes included!

Instructor: Ian Lai
Saturday, October 13
 
10 - 11:30 am

North Delta Recreation Centre

Barcode #: 403842
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