Free gardening talk to discuss ‘Fertilizers, Amendments, and Pest Control — Best Practices for your Garden’


By Leslie Wustrack
Pagosa Springs Community Garden

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is sponsoring a free limited online educational series on vegetable gardening. 

Renowned expert Ron Chacey will cover all topics related to gardening in the Pagosa Springs area. All gardening talks are free and accessible via computer or telephone. 

 On Monday, April 26, at 6 p.m., Chacey, the eminent regional vegetable grower and an original founder of the Pagosa Springs Community Garden, will discuss “Fertilizers, Amendments, and Pest Control — Best Practices for your Garden.” 

Please bring your questions on products and methods in regard to these critical elements of growing beautiful, healthy vegetable plants. 

Choosing appropriate products and knowing when to implement are decisions that make the difference in the growth of vegetable plants. Chacey will present the elements N/P/K, and the importance of improving soil texture and bacterial/fungal soil activity. Chacey’s comments will include warding off pests that can destroy a healthy garden.

An avid grower with seven decades plus of experience, Chacey is a believer in trial and error in all areas of gardening. Chacey believes that learning from mistakes is the foundation of successful gardening. 

The Monday, April 26, 6 p.m., free Q-and-A on “Fertilizers, Amendments and Pest Control” will be held via Zoom or telephone. To join our email list and receive gardening talk information, please send an email to To join the Monday, April 26, free Q-and-A, click on the link at or join the Zoom meeting at, meeting ID: 824 0223 6734, passcode: ed2Jf9. 

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is located at the end of 5th Street on the San Juan River downtown. Decades old, the garden is on land owned by the Town of Pagosa Springs and plots are granted to the town’s citizens free of charge. In 2017, the garden was rejuvenated by community volunteers with the assistance of local Pagosa Springs businesses. Raised beds and deer-out fencing were constructed with donated lumber. Soil amendments, fertilizers, seeds, plant starts, tools, hoses and other necessary items are all provided through the continuing support and generosity of Pagosa Springs businesses. The Town of Pagosa Springs provides free water for the Pagosa Springs Community Garden. 

The Pagosa Springs Community Garden is free and open to all. Residents and town visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the beautiful space; the practices of face-mask wearing and social distancing are observed. Gardeners are now in the process of readying beds and sprucing for this weekend’s Earth Day Celebration. 

Note: A few beds are still available for the 2021 gardening season. Please send an email to for more details.