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Presentation: Plan Your Garden to Maximize Yield with Gwenne Godwin

radish interplanted with carrots

Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Evanston Ecology Center
2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston, IL 60201

Speaker: Gwenne Godwin

Free. ($5 donation requested.) Space is limited.

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lettuce and brassicasJoin Evanston resident and fellow Edible Evanston volunteer Gwenne Godwin for this helpful presentation to help you plan your garden from start to finish.

Learn how to analyze your garden conditions, plan for different seasons, select the best plants for your needs, figure out what you will sow and what you will transplant, where and when, and plan for succession as seasons change and you harvest. Plus plan for rotations from year to year.

Topics include

Site Analysis

  • Climate
  • Sun
  • Bed Size
  • Soil

Crop selection

  • Growth season: cool vs. warm
  • Variety
  • Plant family
  • Planting method
    • Direct seed vs. Transplant
  • Days to maturity


  • Spacing
    • Between plants
    • Between rows
    • Quincunx
  • Types
    • Square Foot
    • Row Foot
    • Quincunx


  • Plant multiple crops in the same space
  • Interplant: Start another crop between rows

Crop Rotation

  • Keep disease at bay and your soil healthy

We will have useful handouts and some exercises to help you get started.

About our speaker:

Gwenne Godwin is an urban sustainable agriculture professional with more than 9 years of experience in hands-on farm work engaging and instructing youth and members of the community as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is experienced in sustainably grown organic vegetable crop selection and planning, implementation, season extension techniques, and site layout. She enjoys farming and loves to teach folk how to grow their own food.