Extending the Growing Season with Bill Shores

Bill shores kneels near his garden.
Plan now for a garden that lasts into the fall and starts up again in early spring. Learn strategies for when to plant and harvest different vegetables, which vegetables do well at different times of year, how to plan succession planting for continuous yield, and more. Learn about simple season extension tools including row covers, cold frames, and hoop houses as well as season extension techniques such as soil warming. Learn about cold-tolerant salad greens and herbs useful for early spring and late fall production.

Bill Shores manages several urban residential spaces that function both as high yield food gardens and as lushly planted outdoor living and entertaining spaces. Several of these gardens produce specialty crops for high end Chicago restaurants including the Rick Bayless restaurants, Topolobampo, Xoco, and Frontera Grill. He specializes in space-efficient gardening systems suited to the urban/suburban environment including container gardens, indoor gardens, raised beds, rooftop gardens, and intensively planted small space, in-ground gardens, all of which utilize season extension, composting and plant propagation techniques.

Spend the day with Bill Shores! Enroll in Mulching with Healthy Soils and go home armed with knowledge for the gardening season ahead. 

Instructor: Bill Shores, Urban Edible
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 35

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Saturday, April 22, 2017, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Cudahy Room, Administration Building


Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$25.00 members
$34.00 nonmembers

ONLINE: Register now
CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be wait listed)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.