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Gardening Year Around - Class Begins

  • Date: 05/11/2020  
  • Location: Online Class

Ben Casteel in the Greenhouse - VHCC Gardening Year Round

Welcome to Gardening Year Round with Ben Casteel, our VHCC instructor of horticulture! This FREE 10-week, self-paced course will explore the fundamentals of growing food and flowers in all four seasons. The interactive online format will cover everything you need to know to be a successful small-scale gardener in temperate climates.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand how, where, and why to plan a garden
  • Learn the basics of soil and fertility management
  • Discuss the difference between direct seeding and transplanting
  • Examine different sources of seeds and starts
  • Understand basic plant health and pest management
  • Learn how, why, and when to use season extension techniques
  • Gain knowledge of crop rotation cover cropping
  • Discuss in detail how to grow the most common crops for home use and how to preserve them

Cost: FREE & Open to the community!

Format: Virtual online course

Course Schedule:

Gardening Year Round opens Monday, May 11 with a twice weekly “Virtual Q & A” each Tuesday at 9 am and each Thursday at 5 pm.  (10 weeks)

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If you need additional assistance with registration, please email Vota Thomas at


Ben Casteel holding a plant in the Greenhouse


Meet Ben Casteel 

With more than a decade of landscape, nursery and greenhouse production experience, Ben Casteel, VHCC instructor of agriculture, has been playing in the dirt for as long as he can remember. He holds a Master’s of Agriculture & Life Science (with an emphasis in Horticulture) from Virginia Tech says he “loves everything about the lifestyle of horticulture and agriculture -- especially that I get to work outdoors and with the miracles of life.”