WASHINGTON — Local master gardener Sharon Turner plans to give a talk this month on how to start a home garden using simple, no-till, organic techniques to get one’s vegetable or ornamental garden growing this season.

“Starting a Garden from Scratch” is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library, 40 Old Union Road.

The free event is sponsored by Washington Lakes Association, of which Turner is a long-time member and two term past president.

Turner is a gardening consultant, educator and designer who, with son Eli Berry, operates Crystal Lake Farm and Nursery in Washington. They specialize in heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable and flower seedlings, as well as native perennials, shrubs and trees.

Turner is devoted to the no-till method because it doesn’t disturb the native soil, but instead continuously enriches it. No till also avoids erosion and enables planting without labor intensive digging or expensive tilling equipment.


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