Learn the keys to successful vegetable gardening emphasizing seasonal techniques and organic practices that work best for Southern California growing. Topics vary with by month and season. Come grow along with us!
Torrance Memorial Learning Garden is located in Columbia Park, which can experience several distinct 'seasons' in a single morning. Dressing in layers is always the best idea. Some of our workshops are hands-on, so be mindful to dress in clothes which can get a little dirty. There is an outdoor presentation area that has wooden benches that make for comfortable but rustic seating. You are always welcome to bring your favorite outdoor chair or cushion. In cases of rain, cold weather or heat, classes will be held at a classroom at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Instructor Judith Gerber, Learning Garden Coordinator, is a UC Master Gardener, horticultural therapist, local author, and proud Torrance native.
Planning the Year-Round Edible Garden - January
One of the advantages to living in Southern California is that we can grow delicious and nutritious fruit and vegetables year-round. This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be on your way to a successful harvest. You will learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all year. Bring a notebook or garden planner. NOTE: Class will be held at TMMC Health Education Center.
Small Space Food Gardens - February
If you can provide three basics: sun, water and great soil, you can vegetable garden regardless of how much space you have. You will learn to make efficient use of in-ground space, intensive and succession planting techniques, raised bed/container/vertical gardening tips, season extension, and building and maintaining healthy soils.
How to Grow a Cook's Garden - March
If you have a spot in your garden, balcony, or deck that receives more than six hours of direct sunlight, you can grow fresh herbs and vegetables. We will cover how to grow the best essential ingredients for your kitchen: tomatoes, onions, peppers, squash, garlic, and leafy greens. You will learn the basics of soil preparation, planting in pots, plant selection, protecting your harvest from pests, extending the crops from spring through fall, and ideas for food preparation.