Get sauce-y with me and let’s talk tomatoes! I’ve been growing tomatoes for over 20 years and I’m ready to share all my secrets, tips and tricks. The key to tasty, productive tomatoes is successful seed starting and transplanting. There’s so many sizes, shapes, colors, types, uses and pollination options to explore—and you’re going to learn about them all. Growing juicy, hearty tomatoes starts with the soil. Fertilization, pruning, trellis practices and proper season extension techniques just up the bounty. And if you’re one of those gardeners whose crops fail, I’m going to give you solutions for all your tomato pests and disease problems. By the end of this class you’ll be ready to put this new knowledge to use and realize all your tomato dreams!
About Kelly Orzel
I’m a small-scale, organic herb farmer, author and speaker growing in coastal Maine. You can find me in the greenhouse, looking slightly rumpled. Besides dirt, I’m obsessed with bread and cheese, over-sized sweaters and Jane Austen novels.
At heart I’m a teacher (I taught high school math for 6 years), so get ready to sow and grow like a pro! Want to become a master seed-starter and propagator? I’m your girl. Do you have a love affair with show-stopping dahlias and ready to take your flower patch to the next level? I can teach you how. Or are you ready to become a vegetable garden boss and grow a pantry-full of food? Well, then you’re in the right place!
Since 2012, I’ve spoken at over 300 events all over New England to home garden enthusiasts like you. And, as a self-confessed garden geek and bibliophile, I can’t wait to share with you everything I’ve experienced and learned.
When I’m not digging in soil, I’m wholeheartedly excited about teaching others how to grow the garden of their dreams. Over the past 20 years I’ve worked as a horticulturist on a 70-acre farm, dabbled in plant biotechnology, earned my masters in Horticulture, volunteer as a Maine Master Gardener and owned my own herb farm. And I really want to share everything I know with you!