So if it’s April and I saw my first robin of the season, why am I still wearing my winter coat? Regardless of what the thermometer tell us, our average last frost date is fast approaching, prompting all green thumbs to begin their indoor seedlings. If you’re new to gardening or interested in ways to reduce your food budget, eat healthier, get outdoors, connect more with nature or all of the above, the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Earth Week will be offering two workshops especially for you:
Growing food in containers is possible for anyone who has access to a bit of sunshine. Members of Heartside Gardeners will help you create a container garden — great for those with small yard or in apartments! Participants will leave with a seeded bucket (while supplies last).
Composting is a great way to recycle your own food and yard waste into nutrient-rich soil that can be used in gardens and landscaping. Of the several systems of composing, vermicomposting (using worms to process your food scraps into compost) will be demonstrated by the Blandford Nature Center staff. Unlike compost heaps or tumblers, vermicomposting is done indoors, thus enabling year round composting.
*Dates and times for Earth Week workshops.
*For books, see our Container Gardening & Composting Booklists.