Build skills

Planning a garden for next year?

You’re in luck!

The Free the Seeds community created a series of online skill-building workshops just for you. This real-time series gives you practical tips and guidance relevant to our growing area throughout the gardening season.

Each session includes complementary resources so you can take a deeper dive into those topics that interest you most.

Happy gardening!

Online gardening sessions

April: Start your seedlings

Easy-to-grow plants that do well in the Flathead Valley

Seeds you should start now

Which seeds you can plant directly in the garden

How to start your seedlings

Watch the start your seedlings presentation

Garden plot

May, part 1: Prepare for planting

Getting your plot ready for planting

Options to fit your space: containers, straw bale gardens, raised beds, and garden plots

Crops that do well together

And much more…

Watch the prepare for planting presentation

May, part 2: Create and maintain healthy soil

Benefits of No Dig Gardening

The Basics on Starting a No Dig Garden

Creating a successful plan to start your own No Dig Garden

Examples of different types of successful No Dig Gardens

Watch the create and maintain healthy soil presentation

June: Early garden tips for success

Home gardeners Chris Dye and Ise Lund share:

A virtual tour of what their gardens look like mid-June

What’s working, what hasn’t, ideas for future improvements

Topics include pest control, beneficial insects, companion planting, maintaining healthy soil, and more…

Watch early garden tips for success presentation

July: Prepare to preserve the harvest

Julie Laing, creator of the Twice as Tasty food blog and author of the forthcoming book The Complete Guide to Pickling, shares her expertise on preserving your harvest. Topics include:

Preservation techniques, including canning, dehydrating, dry storage, freezing, pickling and fermenting, and refrigerating

Pros and cons of each technique

Best technique for specific homegrown fruits and vegetables

Tools, resources, and recipes

Watch prepare to preserve the harvest presentation

August: Get ready for fall

Robin Kelson of the Good Seed Company will give you tips on how to prepare your garden for fall, including:

Choosing plants to save seeds from and when

Creating a living food source for your soil microbes this winter

Late harvest plantings that produce into winter

Flower, herb and vegetable seeds to plant in fall for next season harvest

Watch get ready for fall presentation

September: Practical guide for seed saving

Good Seed Company’s Robin Kelson shares what you need to know to save seeds from your garden, including:

A bit about why to save your seeds

Choosing plants to save seeds from and when

Harvesting and processing “wet seeds” and “dry seeds”

Germination testing and how to maximize seed viability over time

Planning next year’s garden with seed saving in mind

Watch the practical guide for seed saving presentation

Also see:

Book recommendations

Free the Seeds workshop recordings, archived by year