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.
Details on the spring 2017 line-up here.
WORMS EAT MY GARBAGE: Worm Composting. Monday, May 22nd, 6-8PM at the Urban Country Tea and Coffee House 14944 Bramell south of Fenkell west of Outer Drive. Worms (red wigglers) have a fantastic ability to transform kitchen scraps and other plant material into high quality compost. A worms compost bin is easy to maintain and (under the right care) is odorless. Join us for a class on how to set-up, maintain and gather finished compost from a worm bin.
GET READY TO GARDEN: Basic Gardening. Tuesday, May 30th, 6-8PM at Hope Church Community Garden, 828 Marlborough south of Jefferson east of Conner. 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!
BLACK GOLD: Composting for the Farm and Garden. Saturday, June 3, 1-3PM at North Cass Community Garden, 4145 2nd, south of Forest west of Woodward. Compost is a wonderful garden amendment that adds fertility, increases water retention and improves overall soil health – which in turn improves plant health. With a few readily available ingredients and a little elbow grease you can make your own compost. In this class seasoned composter Dave Roberts will share the skills it takes to make your own black gold.
HELPFUL HERBALS: Foraging for Useful Plants with Lottie Spady. Monday, June 5, 6-8PM meet at Peaches and Greens, 8838 3rd Ave south of Clairmount west of the Lodge. Did you know many plants that we consider to be weeds have edible and medicinal qualities? For example plantain can be used for bee stings and lambs quarters is a highly nutritious green. Join us for this session with local herbal enthusiast Lottie Spady who will take us on a weed walk to identify these plants and discover their many uses.
RSVP Only! LET IT RAIN: Introduction to Rain Gardens. Monday, June 12, 6-8PM at The Workshop, 2701 Bagley Avenue. Rain gardens are designed to absorb rainwater runoff from surfaces such as roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas. Come on out for this session to get the lowdown on how these amazing plants can help us and Mother Earth. To RSVP call Erma at 313-444-3705. This 1st class in the Rain Gardens to the Rescue (RGttR) series is open to all. Application for RGttR are closed for the season.
PESKY PESTS: Natural Pest and Weed Management. Thursday, June 15, 6-8PM at Genesis HOPE Church, 7200 Mack Ave at the corner of E. Grand Blvd. How do I keep weeds out of my garden? What is eating my collards? Pests and weeds are an unfortunate fact of life for us gardeners but with a few tips and techniques we can keep them in check.
RSVP Only! LANSING GROWS: Tour of Urban Agriculture Projects in Lansing. Saturday June 24, 9AM-2PM Leaving from KGD office 76 E. Forest Lansing is growing! There are a number of amazing gardening and farming projects happening in our capital city. On this tour we will visit: Hunter Park Garden House, Lansing Roots Incubator Farm, and Urbandale Farm. To RSVP call 313-757-2635 or email [email protected].
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.