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Grow your own Vail Valley veggies

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Wildflower Farm in Edwards will teach a free Vail Valley gardening class on Sunday at 3 p.m. Some of the topics include how to successfully transplant seedlings and how to create good soil for your plants.

VAIL, Colorado “- Here in Colorado’s Vail Valley, plenty of folks are interested in planting vegetable gardens, said Carley Schreiber, the maintenance supervisor at The Wildflower Farm in Edwards.

That interest may have been inspired by Michelle Obama, who this March planted a vegetable garden at the White House. It was the first garden there since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II.

Wildflower farm to offer a series of classes focused on teaching people to plant their own gardens. The second class in the series, which is free, is set for Sunday at 3 p.m. at The Wildflower Farm in Edwards.

“The victory garden is coming back and we decided to focus on it this season,” she said. “Seeds sales are up, people are coming in wanting to grow their own food and try and cut costs any way they can.”

In general, people are thinking more local these days, Schreiber said.

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“They don’t want to eat food that’s been transported hundreds and thousands of miles ” they want to grow what they can,” she said.

At the first class, held last month as part of the Sundays in Edwards series, the workshop focused on starting seeds indoors in order to extend our short growing season in the mountains.

“On Sunday, at the second class, we’ll be talking about how to take those seedlings and transfer them outside,” said Schreiber, who will be teaching the class. “We’ll also talk about amending your soil “-how to break the clay soil we have and have ideal soil for your plants that’s full of nutrients.”

The third and final class, which will take place sometime during late summer, will focus on “taking those tomato plants and herbs and keeping them over the winter and doing indoor gardening.

Along with practical knowledge, the classes have spurred a sense of community among attendees.

“After the last class people hung around and chatted,” Schreiber said. “People were saying, ‘oh, this is like a garden club.’ Everyone was sharing their tips and secrets and meeting their neighbors ” it was great.”

It was impossible to ignore the sense of community the class fostered, she said.

“We’re thinking a garden club might be in order to keep things rolling after these classes end here,” she said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

What: Grow Your Own: Transplanting Outdoors gardening workshop, part of the Sundays in Edwards series

Where: The Wildflower Farm in Edwards

When: 3 p.m., Sunday

Cost: Free

More information: Visit or call the Wildflower Farm at 970-926-5504

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