Gardening Classes

IMG_3387I will be doing a series of Thursday evening gardening classes for the Wellness Center. Located at 3035 Wooster Rd., in Rocky River, the Wellness Center is operated by Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital.For more information, or to register for classes, visit or call 440-356-0670.


Here are the topics and dates.

Feb. 27: Seed Starting: There are advantages to starting your own seedlings. You can save money, especially if you normally buy a lot of plants. The real benefit, though, may be growing unusual varieties not found at the local greenhouse. Exotic and heirloom varieties, when available, go for premium prices.  In class you’ll learn the basics of starting seeds indoors, using grow lights, hardening off and much more. Handouts provided.

Mar. 6: Organic Gardening: If you are among the growing number of people who want fresh vegetables and fruits grown without pesticides check out this class. You’ll learn about organic controls from physical barriers to Eco-friendly sprays. Topics discussed will include integrated pest management, resistant cultivars and how timing of planting can help control pests. Handouts available in class.

Mar. 20: Herb Gardening: Have you ever thought about growing your own herbs? Fresh herbs are easy to grow and most require little maintenance. In class you’ll learn how to plant and maintain an herb garden and we will discuss many specific herbs and their uses. Harvest and storage will also be discussed. Optional text will be available in class.

Apr. 3: Vegetable Gardening: In this class you will learn the basics of starting a vegetable garden. Among the topics discussed will be site selection, planning, soil preparation and improvement, recommended varieties, mulching and space saving techniques. Handouts will be available.

Apr. 17: Composting:  Leaves, grass clippings and some kitchen waste can be converted into “black gold” through composting. In class we’ll cover the basics of starting and maintaining a compost pile, the role carbon and nitrogen play and composting no-nos. Composting saves money, improves your garden soil and helps the environment, too. Handouts.


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