Mulching for Healthy Soils with Bill Shores

Bill Shores kneels near his garden
Learn recommended mulching techniques and materials to get great results in your garden this spring. Mulching, a method for providing good growing conditions in your garden soil, can greatly improve the overall health and productivity of your garden.

Learn about the various types of mulch, how to select mulches that will improve the growing environment, and how to steer clear of common, and destructive, mulching mistakes. We will discuss the various types of mulching materials available along with specific mulching techniques for perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetable gardens, and pathways. Finally, we will cover easy ways to produce your own mulch using readily available materials. Come ready to learn how to become a “Mulching Master”.

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.

Don't miss Bill's morning session, Extending the Growing Season. Sign up for both, and go home armed with practical knowledge from one of Chicago's leading experts!

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

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Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.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.