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.
GET READY TO GARDEN: Basic Gardening. Thursday, July 6, 6-8PM at Gloryland Community Garden at Gesu Church, 17198 Oak Dr. north of McNichols east of Livernois. 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!
BIO-DIVERSIFY BABY!: Pollinators, Beneficial Insects and Native Plants. Thursday, July 13, 6-8PM at It Takes a Village Community Garden at Votrobeck Playground across from 20300 Vassar west of Evergreen north of 7 Mile. Native plants serve as a habitat to many beneficial insects. These insects help pollinate our vegetables and some can even help in keeping pests in check – an example being parasitic wasps that eat aphids. In this class we will get a primer on the many plants and insects that can benefit our gardens and how to tend them.
USEFUL PERENNIALS!: Perennial Herbals and Edibles- Hops, Hazels, Asparagus and MORE! Monday, July 17, 6-8PM at Hope Takes Root Community Garden, 2849 Wabash, south of Martin Luther King west of Trumbull. There are a variety of perennial plants that can serve to both add beauty in the garden and be useful flowers, fruits and other plant parts. Hops, hazel nuts, rhubarb, asparagus and Good King Henry to name a few. Get the scoop on cultivating these crops in this class.
HEALTHY SOIL, HEALTHY PLANTS: Improving Soil Quality. Saturday, July 22, 1-3PM at Buffalo St. Farm, 13703 Buffalo St south of McNichols west of Mound. Healthy soil is a critical ingredient of a thriving garden. In this class Dr. John Biernbaum from MSU will share how to evaluate and improve your soil health.