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PHOTO: Kids vegetable gardening

PHOTO: Rick BeldingRick Belding currently runs Let's Grow Together!, a
four-session vegetable gardening class teaching families how to plan and manage their own raised-bed vegetable gardens.

Learn more about vegetable gardening this summer with Growing Vegetables and Herbs, beginning June 21, or Herb Gardening for Beginners on June 25.

PHOTO: jalapeno jellyBone up on your canning skills with Nancy Clifton's Preserving the Harvest classes this fall.

Fruit & Vegetable Garden: Growing Vegetables Organically

Richard Belding, horticulturist, Fruit & Vegetable Garden
2 p.m.

Tour start location:
Across from the Wheelbarrow Shop in the Fruit & Vegetable Garden

Fruit & Vegetable Garden horticulturist Rick Belding gives a tour of the garden, talking about sustainable gardening practices and challenges, and sharing successes in the Garden's own growing program. Discover the benefits of raised-bed gardening and growing cool- and warm-season vegetables and herbs, and learn how to plan beds for maximum success and yield. Bring your questions!

PHOTO: beeOur Fruit & Vegetable Garden beekeeper, Ann Stevens, will also "bee" answering questions and discussing current issues with bees. Ann manages the separate beehives that were added to the Fruit & Vegetable Garden to aid in pollination, and she is a terrific source of information on current issues related to bees and beekeeping.

Finish your organic gardening tour by picking up your free heirloom seedling to plant in your own garden — Lemon Drop tomato.