The Urban Garden Education Series is a set of classes designed to help Detroiters of all ages grow, maintain, harvest, preserve, and eat fruits and vegetables from their urban gardens and farms. Classes are $3 for Garden Resource Program members and $5 for non-members.
Check out the full summer line-up here.
RAISED BEDS WORKSHOP: Building and Adding Features including Trellises, Hoops, and More. May 19th 6-8PM at the Plum Street Market Garden, 2202 Third Street at Plum St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand Casino parking structure. Raised beds are a useful tool for gardeners working on a difficult site, wanting to increase accessibility or for areas where a contained growing space is desired. This sessions will cover the pros and cons of using raised beds, provide a demonstration for how to build them and explore ideas for adding features such as trellis poles or hoops for season extension. This will also be a distribution day for eligible community and school gardens. For more information on eligibility for raised beds please call 313-757-2635.
WATERING WISELY: Irrigation and Watering Systems. Thursday May 28th 6-8PM at the Plum St. Market Garden, 2202 Third St. by the MGM Grand Casino Parking Garage. Spring often provides lots of water to get our gardens started but how do we keep our plants happily watered the rest of the season? There are many types of irrigation and watering systems that can help with this process. In this class learn about different types of drip and overhead irrigation systems, the pros and cons of each, and what makes sense for your site.
TASTE OF SUMMER: Barbecuing Vegetables. Monday June 1st, 6-8PM at the Grill King’s Garden, 19645 Hanna north of 7 Mile east of I-75. Take the summer tradition of BBQ to a new level …. with vegetables! The many wonderful flavors that are created by the grill go great with fresh summer produce. Imagine grilling eggplant, summer squash, sweet potatoes, romaine lettuce and watermelon! It’s delicious! Join us for this BBQ extravaganza where we will share tips and techniques and of course tastings!
STRAWBERRIES: Cultivation Tips and Plant Distribution. Tuesday June 2nd, 6-8PM at the Plum Street Market Garden, 2202 Third Street at Plum St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand Casino parking structure. At this session learn the skills to grow, propagate and care for strawberries. Plants will be available for GRP members who participate.
GET READY TO GARDEN: Basic Gardening. Saturday June 6th, 1-3PM at the Adams Butzel Center, 10500 Lyndon west of Wyoming. For the beginner, starting a garden can be a challenge, but with some basic skills a productive and viable garden is no sweat. In this class you will learn how to select a site and prepare for your garden, when to plant seeds and transplants, and much more!
SWEET POTATOES: Cultivation Tips and Plant Distribution. Tuesday June 16th, 6-8PM at the Plum Street Market Garden, 2202 Third Street at Plum St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand Casino parking structure. At this session learn the skills to grow, propagate and care for sweet potatoes. Plants will be available for participants.
RADICAL ROOTS: Growing Great Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Turnips, Parsnips and More! Saturday June 20th, 1-3PM at Feedom Freedom Farm, 866 Manistique south of Jefferson west of Alter. Do you have challenges growing root crops? Want to know how to grow them bigger and tastier? Dealing with pest and disease issues? In this class Professor John Biernbaum will share tips and techniques to grow GREAT roots.
MANAGING GARDEN PESTS AND WEEDS. Thursday June 25th, 6-8PM at Gloryland Garden at Gesu Church 17180 Oak Dr. north of McNichols on the east side of Livernois. Why are there holes in the leaves of my eggplant? How do I keep these weeds in check? Every garden faces the challenging issues of pests and weeds that can range from tiny flea beetles eating holes in collard leaves to quack grass choking out your carrots. Solutions to these pests can be harmonious, affordable and chemical-free. Come join us as we learn about natural pest and weed prevention.
RAINBARRELS (55 Gallon Barrels): Building and Using. Tuesday June 30th, 6-8PM at the Plum Street Market Garden, 2202 Third Street at Plum St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand Casino parking structure. Learn how to build, maintain and use rainbarrels at this session. A limited amount of rainbarrels will be avalable for eligible community and school gardens. For more information on eligibility for rain cubes, please call 313-757-2635.
FORAGING WILD FOODS AND HERBS. Saturday July 11th, 1-3PM at Rising Pheasant Farm, 5228 Moran St. south of I-94 west of Mt Elliot. Did you know that some plants that are considered pesky weeds could actually be tasty additions to meals and even boost your health? Edible and medicinal weeds are growing in your yard right now. Take a foraging walk us and discover the hidden treasures of common weeds. Learn how to identify these helpful plants and rediscover what nature has to offer!
RSVP only! FARM TOUR: BLUEBERRY PICKING. Saturday July 25th, 9AM-2PM Meet at the Keep Growing Detroit Office, 76 E. Forest St. Blueberry picking is a super fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. In the company of fellow gardeners we will pick our share of delicious berries (and eat a few too!) as we walk the rows of beautiful bushes on summer afternoon. The tour is $5 for GRP members and you pay for what you pick (pricing available closer to event). RSVP with Kido at 313-757-2635.
EAT WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN WHAT YOU CAN’T: Hot Water Canning with Anika Grose from Detroit Sweets. Thursday July 30th, 6-8PM at the Eastern Market Community Kitchen, 2934 Russell in Shed 5. When you know how to properly can your harvest, you don’t have to let a single ripe fruit or veggie go to waste! You can enjoy your home-grown produce year round with this useful skill. Anika Grose of Detroit’s Sweets will teach safe and easy hot water canning methods that you can use in your own home.
UNIQUE PERENNIAL HERBS PROPAGATION: Seeds, Cuttings, Transplants and More! Thursday August 13th, 6-8PM at the Plum Street Market Garden, 2202 Third Street at Plum St south of I-75 near the MGM Grand Casino parking structure. There are many varieties, shapes and sizes of perennial herbs that we can grow here in Detroit. In this class we will explore how to grow and use some unique varieties including: valerian, hyssop, hops and more. Seeds and plant starts will be available for participants.