Vegetable Gardening This Spring

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first-tomatoWhile First Lady Michelle Obama is breaking ground on a vegetable garden for the White House, gardeners across Philadelphia will be starting their own gardens this season with help from PHS, producer of the Philadelphia Flower Show and acclaimed urban greening program Philadelphia Green.This spring, PHS is holding a series of workshops on vegetable gardening, kicking off its fourth season of City Harvest, and offering expertise and tips on vegetable gardening including how to get the most out of your garden in this economy.

City Harvest, a program that works with inmates in the Philadelphia Prison System, community gardeners and food cupboards across the city to bring fresh produce to those in need, is kicking off its fourth growing season. For more on City Harvest and tips on how to extend your season, please visit http://www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org.

Veggies 101: Your Home Vegetable Garden will be held April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Meadowbrook Farm, located at 1633 Washington Lane, Abington Township. Horticulturist Sharon Kaszan will offer useful tips, including planning, getting started, seed sowing and organic pest control. The fee is $18 for PHS members and $23 for non-members. To register, please call 215-988-8869 or e-mail programreg@pennhort.org

• PHS free City Gardening Series offers several workshops this spring, including Vegetable Gardening in a Small Space on April 27 from 4-5 p.m. at Queen Memorial Free Library, 1201 S. 23rd St., and Growing Your Own Fruit in Pots on Wednesday, April 29 from 7-8pm at Fox Chase Free Library of Philadelphia, 501 Rhawn St. For a full list, including workshops on herbs and growing vegetables in containers and using water barrels, please visit PHS. To register, call Marilyn Reynolds at 215-988-8872.

• Free Garden Tenders Basic Training Course, for community groups and inviduals interested in maintaining their own gardens, kicks off April 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at PHS, located at 100 N. 20th Street. The class includes soil testing, design, planting and more. Participants must be at least 14 years old. Classes continue on April 11, 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 13, 14, and 20. For more information or to register, contact Sally McCabe at 215-988-8846 or gardentenders@pennhort.org.

• A free intensive hands-on gardening workshop open to all will be held at W.B. Saul High School on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, contact Sally McCabe at 215-988-8846 or gardentenders@pennhort.org.

The Young Friends of PHS, a group for ages 40 and under interested in greening, is looking for volunteers for a work day at the Urban Nutrition Initiative garden located at 3601 Filbert St. in West Philadelphia on April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, please e-mail youngfriends@pennhort.org.

2 Responses to “Vegetable Gardening This Spring”

  1. Pamela Rockwell Says:

    Myself and another person who works at a local nursery/garden center are interested in offering a local gardening course for kids in our local area. Do you work in conjunction with groups like that, or do you have any suggestions – such as dos and don’ts- for us in running such a program?

    Thank you very much for your advice,

    Pamela Rockwell

  2. LBH Says:

    Hi Pamela. We have lots of resources for gardening with children. Please shoot me an e-mail at lhoover@pennhort.org and I’ll hook you up with the right person.

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