James and Susan Reinhold will be sharing their decades of experience in gardening and landscaping with the community through a new special evening seminar course at Lake Career & Technical Center in Camdenton this winter.
All Things Green is intended to be an open and informative exchange among students, including the Reinholds.
James says he and Susan are lifelong students - emphasis on students - of organic agronomy. Over the years of combating local "soils," extreme weather and assorted pests, they continue to learn how much they don't know, he says.
James has been installing landscapes professionally since 1970 and his designs have won numerous awards. The Reinholds vegetable garden is also notoriously productive - the result of experimentation and an ongoing collaboration with other hobbyists and professionals.
The specific subjects of the course will be determined by the interests of those who attend, but potential topics include natural vegetable gardening and harvesting simplified, landscape design, installation and maintenance and propagation, recycling ideas, composting and irrigation.
Students can discuss and learn about maximizing produce returns from each square foot of space as well as receive guidance on soil preparation, affordable quality material sources, how to choose among different varieties of plants, growing techniques and what to do with all the bounty. Ask about how to grow Shiitake mushroom and other types - it's easy, according to James.
The Reinholds will gladly share processing options and recipes - Sue has dozens for salsa alone, says James.
The couple can also offer some common sense approaches to using three dimensions and four seasons to cost-effectively landscape - beautifying and enhancing the functionality of space while keeping maintenance to a minimum. Also learn more on how to alternately attract or discourage wildlife, provide privacy, control erosion or use native plants. Suggestions for turf management will also be available.
The Reinholds also had a licensed production nursery for many years and are adept at producing or breeding plants simply.
Creating your own hybrid can be rewarding, says James.
Resourcefulness is a reflex for the Reinholds, who are not ones to buy what they already have. To this end, they can share tips on composting and assembling an efficient watering system for much less than you might think, says James.
The four-night course will be held at LCTC's horticulture building in Camdenton. The first two sessions will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 and Thursday, Jan. 31. The second set of sessions will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 21. Call LCTC at 573-346-9260 for registration information.