Rita’s Roots Spring 2020 Schedule

Plant Sales + Gardening Classes + Workshops ~

All classes and workshops are held at LOCAL WORKS at 1630-B Meeting Street Charleston 29405 in the same area as the Rita’s Roots Butterfly Garten Shop.

Descriptions:

Organic Vegetable Gardening 101 ~ Learn the ins and outs of setting up an organic vegetable garden with Rita Bachmann of Rita’s Roots Backyard Harvest. Site selection, soil + lumber selection, planting calendar, proper transplanting and direct seeding techniques, watering, fertilizing, pest management and more!  In addition to the presentation, participants will be given a Spring + Summer planting calendar, a tour of our demonstration gardens and opportunity for questions at the end of the presentation.

Advanced Techniques for the Organic Vegetable Garden ~ Feeling good about the basics, but needing some specific pointers on the tricky plants in the garden? We will dive into disease identification and prevention, pest ID and management, tomato care, getting your squash to produce, beneficial soil microbes, managing nematodes, foliar and supplemental fertilization and a host of other specifics in the Lowcountry Garden.  Class taught by Rita Bachmann of Rita’s Roots.  Bring all questions, photos and concerns.

Creating a Garden Plan for Spring + Summer ~ We discuss and outline the plants, materials and supplies you will need to get your garden off growing right.  We will discuss how to add compost and how much you will need for your specific garden, proper fertilization, and pest management supplies to have on hand.  We will create a diagram of your garden going over proper plant selection for your space, succession planting, and proper plant spacing.  Participants will leave with a garden map specific to their garden and a materials list of what to purchase for their gardens.  The Butterfly Garten Shop will be open after class if participants wish to shop.  This class is designed for those gardeners who have an existing garden or those who have completed Vegetable Gardening 101.

I Grew It, So Now What?  A How-to Harvest, Store and Use Workshop ~ Join Rita for a walk through the demonstration gardens to learn and observe proper harvest times and techniques to get the most out of your garden.  We will also learn from an indoor presentation about harvest and post-harvest handling, along with storage and preservation techniques such as freezing, fermenting + dehydrating.  No edible plant part shall be left behind!

January

1/15 Garden Growers Club 2020 Begins!!

1/31 Garden Growers Club Registration for 2020 ENDS AT MIDNIGHT!

February

2/8 – Saturday 10am – 12pm CREATING A GARDEN PLAN FOR SPRING + SUMMER

2/15 – Saturday 10am – 12pm VEGETABLE GARDENING 101

2/22 – Saturday 10am – 12pm CREATING A GARDEN PLAN FOR SPRING + SUMMER

2/29 – Saturday 10am – 1pm

COOL SEASON PLANT SALE

Rita’s Roots Butterfly Garten Shop

1630 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29405

Cool Season Planting ~~~ Our planting calendar has narrow windows in the Lowcountry.  The Cool Season Sale is timed just right for you to purchase all of the seasonally appropriate plants, seeds and tubers to plant late February through mid March.  At the sale we will have seasonally appropriate organic vegetable, herb and flower transplants, seeds, fertilizers, gardening tools, garden soils, composts and mulch.  Cool season plants include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Fennel, Lettuces, Roots, Herbs, Potatoes and so much more!

March

3/7 – Saturday 10am – 12pm CREATING A GARDEN PLAN FOR SPRING + SUMMER

3/14 – Saturday 10am – 12pm VEGETABLE GARDENING 101

3/21 – Saturday 10am – 12pm ADVANCED TECHNIQUES FOR THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

3/22 Estimated Last Frost Date in the Lowcountry

3/27 – 3/29 PLANT SALE
EXTRAVAGANZA WEEKEND!

Warm season planting begins!!

At all sales we will have seasonally appropriate organic vegetable, herb and flower transplants, seeds, fertilizers, and gardening tools.  We will not have bulk soils or composts at the Plantasia sales.  If you need soils, please join us at the Rita’s Roots Butterfly Container on Sunday 3/29 from 11am – 2pm

Warm Season Planting ~~~ Our planting calendar has narrow windows in the Lowcountry.  The Warm Season Sale is timed just right for you to purchase all of the seasonally appropriate plants + seeds to plant late March – early April.  Warm Season plants include Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Basil, Flowers, Melons, Beans and so much more!

3/27 – Friday 5:30 – 8:30pm – PLANTASIA Preview Party – ticketed event through the Charleston Horticultural Society held at Old Towne Creek Park ~ 1400 Old Towne Road West Ashley 29407

3/28 – Saturday 9am – 2pm – PLANTASIA SALE ~ Open to the Public at Old Towne Creek Park ~ 1400 Old Towne Road West Ashley 29407

3/29 – Sunday 11am – 2pm

WARM SEASON PLANT SALE

Rita’s Roots Butterfly Garten Shop

1630 Meeting Street Charleston 29405

April

4/11 – Saturday – 10am – 12pm – I GREW IT, SO NOW WHAT? A HOW-TO HARVEST, STORE AND USE WORKSHOP

4/11 – Saturday – 1pm – 3pm – RAIN DATE FOR WARM SEASON PLANT SALE

May

Sweet Potato Slips for sale ONLINE

June

July

August

Classes Resume

September

Classes Continue

9/26 Rita’s Roots Fall Plant Sale #1

October

10/24 Rita’s Roots Fall Plant Sale #2

November

December

Fall Plant, Seed + Supply Sales

9/26 Saturday 10am – 1pm Fall Plant Sale #1 The Big One!  (Rain date 10/3)

~ The Container Garten 1630-D Meeting Street Charleston SC 29405

~ Our planting calendar has narrow windows in the Lowcountry.  The Fall Plant Sale #1 is timed just right for you to purchase all of the seasonally appropriate plants, seeds and tubers to plant end of September/beginning of October.  We will have soils, compost, fertilizers and other supplies necessary to get your garden prepped.  All Rita’s Roots Approved!  Fall plants include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Lettuces, Roots, Greens, Brussels Sprouts, Fennel, Flowers, Herbs and so much more!

10/24 Saturday 10am – 12pm Fall Plant Sale #2 The Really Cool Weather Lovers + STRAWBERRIES!

~ The Container Garten 1630-D Meeting Street Charleston SC 29405

~ Our planting calendar has narrow windows in the Lowcountry.  The Fall Plant Sale #2 is timed just right for you to purchase all of the seasonally appropriate plants that need a bit cooler temperatures than the first round.  These include strawberries, spinach, cilantro, brassicas and a second round of lettuces.  Other misc plants will be available to fill in gaps in your garden and get it fully planted before the temperatures really cool.