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Winter Sowing Part II: Natives & Your Own Homegrown National Park


This course builds on Winter Sowing Part I and covers how to grow natives and wildflowers, suggestions of natives that tend to do well in our area and some to avoid and how to support natives in your landscape & in community gardens. Learn from Jonathan Parker, from Seeds to Community about the natives movement to support healthy ecosystems appropriate to Michigan. Learn about right plant - right plant patterns for Winter Sowing natives including stratification, scarification, and general winter treatments of plants. In addition, Deb will reference Douglas Tallamy’s conservation concepts including the ideas of starting your own Homegrown National Park to better support bees, pollinators and wildlife. Before the class, review the basics of Winter Sowing Part I virtual class and feel free to read Tallamy’s book, Nature’s Best Hope to learn more on how you can support biodiversity to help birds and pollinators survive and thrive.

Ages: 18 to adult

Instructors: Deb Nystrom and Jonathan Parker

1 Class:  January 23, 2024

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Growing Fruit Trees in a Small Yard

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It can be rewarding to pick delicious fruit from your own trees, and frustrating when those trees fail to produce. The goal of this class is to help you grow good tree fruit within the constraints of a small lot. We will discuss planning, selection, planting, and routine care of trees, including apples, pears, cherries, peaches, plums, and apricots. Topics include the importance of choosing good varieties, including the right rootstocks; strategies for dealing with common shortcomings of your yard such as poor soils, shade, and frost; pruning and training, including a brief introduction to espaliers and other restricted forms; fertilizer; and pest control, including organic controls.

Ages: 18 and up

Instructor:  Dave Strayer

1 Class

This class is offered through Ann Arbor Rec and Ed.

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If you would like to be notified when this class is offered again, please email info@projectgrowgardens.org.


No-Knead Sourdough Bread


Learn how to bake sourdough breads yourself, following the popular “no-knead” method of baking bread. In the class, you will create and shape a batch of sourdough to take home, along with a jar of starter, to bake more bread on your own. Calin will take you a further step by teaching you how to capture wild yeast for use in the process and how to care for your starter culture, short- and long-term. A bonus is preparing a soup to eat along with a sample of bread in class.

Ages: 18 and older

Instructor: Calin Sferdean

1 Class: Saturday, February 10, 2024

THIS CLASS IS FULL.

If you would like to be notified when this class is offered again, please email info@projectgrowgardens.org.

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Fundamentals of Organic Gardening

Learn how to develop and maintain healthy organic soil, the key to successful organic gardening. Understand the role that microorganisms play in building soil and promoting plant health. Discover how to employ composting, mulching, and cover crops to build soil productivity, increase microbial activity, and provide timely release of plant nutrients. Gain an understanding of what vegetable varieties work best in an organic garden and how to plant, cultivate, support, and manage their harvest as well as the basic principles of integrated pest management. Ages: 18 - Adult

Instructor: Royer Held

A long-time gardener, former Project Grow board member, board president and enthusiastic teacher, Royer Held has taught several classes for Project Grow over the years. Always informative and up-to-date, he is dedicated to understanding the balance we humans can find as stewards of this wonderful place we call Earth.

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Global Warming and the Organic Garden

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What is in store for Michigan gardeners as the world heats up? We are already seeing the effects of unstable weather, unreliable water supplies, and increasing pest populations due to the warming climate. How do these changes affect gardening and what can we do to adapt to them? Recent developments in soil science may hold some answers for agriculture and gardeners alike. Find out what you can do to keep your garden productive and to make a contribution toward mitigating the adverse effects of global warming.

The class will be taught by A long-time gardener, former Project Grow board member, board president and enthusiastic teacher, Royer Held has taught several classes for Project Grow over the years. Always informative and up-to-date, he is dedicated to understanding the balance we humans can find as stewards of this wonderful place we call Earth.

Ages: 18 - Adult

Instructor:  Royer Held

Free class

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Check out this class too - Introducing the Ecosystem Organic Gardening (EOG) Initiative


Sowing Seeds and Transplanting Seedlings

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This hands-on class will cover sowing seeds indoors, transplanting seedlings as they mature, and, finally, planting seedlings into the ground. Supplies will be provided by Project Grow, though participants are welcome to use their own seeds. Seeded and transplanted pots will be taken home by the participants. The class will be taught by two long-time gardeners with Project Grow, Marcella Trautmann and Sharon Fay. Cost of registration covers supplies and processing fees.

Ages: 18 - Adult

Instructor:  Marcella Trautmann, Project Grow and Sharon Fay, Project Grow

This class is $10 and is limited to 12 participants.

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Tips & Techniques I: Planning Your Garden

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This class is the first of two classes geared toward helping new gardeners at two critical stages of gardening: planning and planting your garden. Its focus is on getting you ready for the opening of the garden season, so that you know what you are going to plant and have plans for where, how and when to plant them. Start planning now, while the ground is still frozen and garden chores are not demanding your attention, so you can create the thriving, productive and beautiful garden that you hope and plan for. The class will be taught by long-time Project Grow gardener, Marcella Trautmann.


Ages: 18 - Adult

Instructor:  Marcella Trautmann, Project Grow

1 of 2 classes

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Tips & Techniques 2: Planting Your Garden


Continuing in the series, this class is intended to help all beginner to experienced gardeners start well. Learn from former Project Grow director Marcella Trautmann how to plant what you've planned and create a thriving, productive, beautiful garden. These are planting techniques that can make the difference in how well your plants grow in the spring.

The class will be taught by long-time Project Grow gardener, Marcella Trautmann.

Ages: 18 - Adult

Instructor:  Marcella Trautmann, Project Grow

Second of two classes in the series

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Growing Dahlias


A panel of Project Grow gardeners who have grown dahlias for many years will be presenting information to help other gardeners who are interested in growing dahlias. Topics include how to start them indoors and plant them outdoors, how to maintain them over the growing season, and how to prune or dis-bud dahlia plants to achieve the plant or bloom desired. A brief discussion of the many forms of dahlias will also be covered. If you are new to growing dahlias and want to know more about them, or have some questions about growing dahlias that you want answered, here is an opportunity to learn about this most beautiful flowering plant, the dahlia.

Ages 18 and older

Panel Discussion with Q&A

1 session

Free - registration via Zoom required

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Container Gardening

Do you have an interest in gardening but are limited to a window or balcony at your apartment or condo, or want to extend your garden options? This class is perfect for those who may have limited space or limited access to gardens! Learn about the fundamentals of gardening in Michigan using containers for both indoor and outdoor plant locations. Topics include plant and container selection, nutrients, watering, and plant support, as well as long-term care and some tips and best practices using things you may already have around the home. Because the course materials are very broad in topic, we will save some time throughout each section of the course for question-and-answer to tailor the class to your needs. This class is taught by W. Scott Richardson, a gardener and board member with Project Grow who specializes in growing Scotch Bonnet hot peppers and has been a container gardener of pepper plants for about ten years.1/4 plots shared with another person. Learn how to increase access and create positive experiences for all those who want to do container gardening.

Ages: 18 - Adult

Instructor: Scott Richardson

1 class

$5.00

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Growing Heirloom Peppers and Tomatoes Organically


Learn how to successfully grow & harvest delicious organic tomatoes & chili peppers. Joe Schutte (tomatoes) & Scott Richardson (chilies) team up to share their knowledge on gardening. They'll cover fighting off common diseases and controlling pests, helped greatly by growing strong, healthy plants in the first place. They will cover everything from starting seedlings to saving seeds. All levels of gardeners are welcome!

Ages: 18 - Adult

Instructor: Joe Schutte & Scott Richardson

1 class

$5.00

The date for this class has changed from May 2 to May 8.

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