Keep Growing Detroit’s 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.
Intensive Crop Cultivation: Companion Planting, Vertical Gardening, and Nutrient Management, Saturday June 2nd from 1-3PM at Ambassador Fridge, 620 Chandler. In this class John Biernbaum will discuss methods to maximize your harvest using techniques including: companion planting, vertical gardening and nutrient management.
Get Ready to Garden!: Gardening Basics, Saturday June 9th from 1-3PM at Making Shade Community Garden, 2023 Cortland. 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 Farm and Garden with Greg Willerer, Tuesday, June 12th from 6-8PM at Brother Nature Produce, 2919 Rosa Parks at Temple. Compost is amazing for growing vegetables. It holds water, adds nutrients to the soil and creates a favorable environment for plant root development. Farmer and compost lover Greg Willerer will discuss how not all composts are created equal and the methods to make and add compost (and manure) to your gardens.
Propagating Perennials with Patrick Crouch, Tuesday, June 19th from 6-8PM at Earthworks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum. Many perennial plants can be propagated into multiple new plants using methods such as division, cuttings and layering. In this class perennial enthusiast and Earthworks Farm Manager Patrick Crouch will share methods to make your perennials multiply.
Harvesting Safely: Vegetable Harvesting Best Practices, Thursday, July 12th from 6-8PM at Ohana Farm. When do I harvest my crops? What is the best way to store my vegetables? How do I address food safety concerns? KGD Farmer Molly Hubbell will share answers to these questions and outline GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) that every grower should know. This class is highly recommended for market gardeners.
Helpful Herbs: Foraging for Useful Plants with Lottie Spady, Tuesday, July 24th from
6-8PM at Southwest Grows Urban Farm, 5825 Renville. 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! Beautiful Blues: U-Pick Blueberries, Saturday, August 4th from 9AM-1PM leaving from the Eastern Market District. 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 this summer afternoon. The tour is $5 for GRP members and you pay for what you pick (pricing available closer to event). To RSVP contact us.