Edible Garden Year
Classes & Workshops

Would you like to grow some of your own vegetables and herbs, but hesitate due to past bad luck, failures, or the amount of work? Join a cohort of fellow gardeners to learn and grow through a season together! Laura and Christy have gardened in many different states and are passionate about homegrown food; they will lead you on an encouraging journey from plans on paper to meals on the table. Each time we meet, we'll focus on the next important step in the journey, sometimes with the help of experts from the Arboretum or Extension. Visits to the Home Demonstration Garden will also be incorporated.

JANUARY
Start with the basics and put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape. 
FEBRUARY Focus on ordering and starting seeds. 
MARCH Learn how to grow, store, dry and preserve herbs. 
MAY Explore tips & tricks for soil and transplants. 
JUNE Talk about water conservation, weeds and pest management. 
AUGUST Come together and celebrate the fruits of our labor. 

planning

Take this individual class
or
Purchase the Edible Garden Year 6-class bundle to save and join a community of gardeners who grow and learn together throughout an entire season!
Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden (150-01-11-18)
Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager

It's a new year, and perhaps you have made a resolution to spend more time outside, eat healthier, grow some vegetables, or all of the above! Growing your own food is rewarding, but it does help to have a plan in place. Join Christy and Laura for an introduction to vegetable gardening: from tools and location to the growing season and finding good resources, they will help you put together a realistic plan for your life and landscape. You will be encouraged by the camaraderie of fellow growers and leave with comprehensive handouts and a strategy to tackle your vegetable garden plan for the year!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center
REGISTER $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

 starting seeds

Take this individual class
or 
Purchase the Edible Garden Year 6-class bundle to save and join a community of gardeners who grow and learn together throughout an entire season!
Edible Garden Year: Ordering and Starting your own Seeds (150-02-08-18)
Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


It's the season for seed catalogs, and boy are they tantalizing... glossy images of ruby tomatoes, piles of watermelon, bundles of carrots. Before you bite off more than you can chew, join Christy and Laura to learn more about the basics of seed starting. They will cover seed/cultivar selection for Minnesota, what seeds can be started inside, needed materials and tips for trickier plants. The Andersen Horticulture Reference Library will be on hand to share information about their massive seed catalog collection. You will leave with a collection of starter seeds, and a catalog or two to peruse.
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center
REGISTER $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

 herbs
photo Oakley Originals/Flickr

Take this individual class
or 
Purchase the Edible Garden Year 6-class bundle to save and join a community of gardeners who grow and learn together throughout an entire season!

Edible Garden Year: 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden (150-03-01-18)
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Theresa Mieseler, Shady Acres Herb Farm; and
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager


Herbs are a must for your edible garden, and who is better qualified to help you know what and how to grow than Theresa from the renowned Shady Acres Herb Farm? She will take you on a fascinating global journey discussing the history of herbs, then discuss what implications this has for what herbs grow well in our northern region. You will learn buying tips receive fascinating information on organic, non-gmo, and/or heirloom seeds and plants. Discover how to grow, store, dry and preserve the harvest. You will even do some sampling! By the end of the program, you'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to grow delicious herbs all season long.
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center
register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

soil

Take this individual class
or 
Purchase the Edible Garden Year 6-class bundle to save and join a community of gardeners who grow and learn together throughout an entire season!

Edible Garden Year: Soils and Spring Planting (150-05-10-18)
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


Before planting seeds and transplants in your garden, why not take a little time to consider the soil that needs to be nourishing these plants all season long? Begin with pre-class information on taking soil samples, if desired (tests available $17/sample at http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/testing-services/lawn-garden). During the class, Christy and Laura will discuss how to interpret soil test results, and different strategies for amending your garden beds to provide everything your edible plants need. You will then learn about how to harden off and properly plant transplants, as well as tips and tricks for direct-sowing seed. At the end of class, there will be a fun opportunity to exchange seedlings and seeds with classmates!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center
register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

pests

Take this individual class

or 
Purchase the Edible Garden Year 6-class bundle to save and join a community of gardeners who grow and learn together throughout an entire season!

Edible Garden Year: Water, Weeds and Pests (150-06-21-18)
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


It's summer time and perhaps that vegetable garden is getting away from you... join Christy and Laura to learn some handy tips on how to best manage the hot, weedy, buggy part of the season. Prior to class, make sure to document (with notes, photos, or samples) any bug or disease problems you have noticed with your vegetable plants. Class will begin with an introduction to some common insect and disease damage and their solutions, then move into Q&A with your particular challenges. Afterward, you will learn some great techniques to suppress weeds and manage moisture. You will depart with a boost of knowledge that should carry you straight through to the harvest time!
Limit 36, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center
register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!

harvest

Take this individual class
or 
Purchase the Edible Garden Year 6-class bundle to save and join a community of gardeners who grow and learn together throughout an entire season!
Edible Garden Year: Harvest and Preservation (150-08-23-18)
Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Education Programs Manager, and
Christy Marsden, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager


Successfully grown vegetable plants can often mean you now have bushels of beautiful produce on your hands- what to do with them? Christy and Laura will talk you through the basics of proper harvesting: when to pick, what to refrigerate, how to cure, and more. Then we'll be joined by University of Minnesota Extension experts to learn more about safe preservation techniques, from canning to drying. There will be samples, of course, and students are encouraged to bring surplus produce to share with one another at the end of class!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center
register $35 member/$47 non-member, includes Arboretum admission  
Bundle and save! Six-class Edible Garden Year Bundle
$139 member/$189 non-member (reg price $210/$282)
     1/11/18 Edible Garden Year: Planning a Vegetable Garden
     2/8/18 Ordering and Starting your own Seeds
     3/1/18 10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
     5/10/18 Soils and Spring Planting
     6/21/18 Water, Weeds and Pests
     8/23/18 Harvest and Preservation
By taking the full season of the Edible Garden Year, you will also gain access to an online cohort and discussion board to ask questions and share ideas, plants and produce with your fellow growers!


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