10:30am-11:30am Kath Smyth Roots and Shoots
Growing carrots, beets, radishes or other root vegetables can be more challenging than, say, growing a
zucchini or pole bean, but these long-storing staples are worth mastering. What's the secret to growing root
crops, whether the most familiar kinds, or even a turnip or parsnip? Vegetables grown underground are
called root vegetables. These vegetables have an edible root or tubers to go along with the beautiful greenery (which in some cases is edible too) above-ground that can make a garden look amazing. For many people,
root crops don't have much appeal, perhaps because they think of them as an unglamorous part of the plant
that grows underground. In fact, root crops are crisp, colorful vegetables that have been eaten by royalty,
warriors and merchants at least since the beginning of recorded history. Both the roots and leafy tops are
flavorful, as well as being excellent sources of vitamins.
12:00pm-1:00pm Barb Hazenveld Seed Starting
This virtual workshop provides attendees the chance to see how easy it is to start seeds at home. With
minimum fancy equipment, you can start your seeds early enough to be able to transplant them outside after
the frost has finished to maximize your production. Barb Hazenveld will talk about different varieties of
vegetables, herbs and flowers and best practices for organic growing. Q & A after the session.
Kath Smyth is a horticulturist with extensive experience in the horticultural industry. Kath brings a wealth of knowledge and her unique humour to radio and television appearances, public presentations. Kath is passionate about helping gardeners achieve gardening success and is currently working as a Horticulturist for The Calgary Horticultural Society. She has been working in the Horticulture Industry for over 40 years and is a regular on CBC radio - Eyeopener and Alberta at noon and Global Morning, Calgary.