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The City of Mill Creek hosts free sustainable gardening courses in April

The City of Mill Creek will host three free sustainable gardening courses in April. The classes are free to Mill Creek residents, however pre-registration is required. After March 23rd, spaces will be open to residents from outside the City.

Using Compost to Build Healthy Soils
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Speaker: Caitlin Price, Farm Planner, Snohomish Conservation District

Compost and other organic materials play an important role in building healthy soil and growing vibrant plants. Learn how to make your own compost and what to look for when purchasing it from others, as well as how to use compost for the greatest benefits.

Gardening with a Purpose
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Speakers: Stacy Aleksich, Low Impact Development (LID) Specialist and Derek Hann, P.E. Design Engineer, Snohomish Conservation District

Drainage problems? This workshop offers great ideas to put the rain to work and help beautify your yard. Rain gardens, rain barrels, terraces, soil amendment, dealing with soggy spots, buffers, berms, layered plantings, permeable paths, and more!

Sustainable Landscape Design
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Speaker: Jessica Bloom, Certified Professional Horticulturalist and ISA Certified Arborist, N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

From low-maintenance gardens to edibles, this class will cover strategies to grow a self-sufficient garden. Learn how to work with factors in your yard such as light, soil, and water to design and plant a healthy, nourished landscape.

To register, please call the Snohomish Conservation District at 425-335-5634, ext 123 or email workshops@snohomishcd.org.

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