Plan a Vegetable Garden @ Civic Garden Center
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Plan a Vegetable Garden

Tuesday, February 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, seasoned vegetable gardener
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

Are you interested in starting a vegetable garden this year? This course will introduce the basics of planning a successful garden. Topics to be covered include site selection, soil preparation, choosing what you want to grow, what to plant where, when to plant and harvest different crops and strategies for keeping your plants healthy throughout the season (watering, crop rotation, companion plants). We’ll also talk about buying seedlings or starting your own plants, plus tips on starting seeds both inside and out.  To register, click here.

CGDT Series – Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CGDT Series — Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening

Wednesday, March 1, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Instructors: Dave Koester, Retired Campbell County Extension Agent

This course will provide a great introduction to growing vegetables without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Topics will include what to plant when, seasonal considerations for maintenance, selecting varieties, intensive gardening, succession planting and companion planting techniques.  To register, click here.

Selecting Peppers & Tomatoes for the Home Garden @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, March 2nd, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Jerry Luebbe, President – Cincinnati Heirloom Open Pollinated Tomato Associate Growers (CHOPTAG)
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

Do you want something better than grocery store tomatoes and peppers? This class is a great guide for both the experienced gardener in quest of the perfect tomatoes and peppers and for the beginner just getting started. We’ll talk about the terms Hybrid, Heirloom, Open-Pollinated, and Self-Pollinated types. Other topics will include soil fertility, seed and plant variety selection, starting plants from seeds, growing & harvesting, pests, saving seeds, and seed & plant suppliers.  To register, click here.

So you want to be a Beekeeper? @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

3-part series: Thursdays, February 16, February 23, and March 2nd, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructors: Randy Morgan,Emeritus Curator-Insectarium, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Phil Hucke, Certified Arborist, Ray Babcock, President- Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association –SWOBA *Together over 55 years of beekeeping experience!
Cost: $45 for series (must register for entire series)

The amazing honey bee is an agriculturally-important pollinator threatened by many human activities. Beekeeping, the art and science of managing honey bees, is a fascinating hobby, fun backyard business and extensive agro-industry. This introductory course is intended to encourage and support interested non-beekeepers. Novice beekeepers are also welcome! Experienced members of the SouthWestern Ohio Beekeepers Association (SWOBA) will help you become a successful beekeeper. Sign up now to learn about and experience the joy of beekeeping! This program will answer your questions about: Getting started, use of and ordering equipment, costs, where to place your bees, how to get your bees, protective clothing, etc.  To register, click here.

Ecological Impact of Deer @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Ecological Impact of Deer

Saturday, March 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Wild Ones Program
Cost: $15 (free for CGC and Wild Ones members)

Deer don’t just affect gardeners. When they reach levels of overpopulation, deer can greatly alter the natural environment, reducing native plant populations to dangerously low levels. We will explore not only the effects of deer overpopulation, but also methods being used locally in parks and gardens. Panel discussion to follow.  To register, click here.

Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers for the Garden Landscape @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers for the Garden Landscape

Tuesday, March 7, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Trusty, University of Cincinnati, Horticulture Professor
Cost: $15 (UC course open to the public, free for CGC volunteers)

Blended gardens that incorporate ornamentals and edibles look amazing, create community and are trendy. A diverse garden with many different species of plants is resistant to pests, supports wildlife, attracts pollinators, and can improve the soil. Learn the best vegetables, herbs, and flowers to incorporate into the landscape, including unusual varieties you must grow at home, native plants, perennial vegetables and shade tolerant edibles.  To register, click here.

CGDT Series – Soil Health @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CGDT Series — Soil Health

Wednesday, March 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Holly Utrata-Halcomb, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
This class will provide an introduction to basic soil science and discuss the importance of conserving and cultivating a biologically active soil to grow healthy fruits, vegetables and perennials. The seasonal cycle of soil as well as composting, green manure and cover crops will be reviewed as part of a strategy to build fertile soil. Soil testing kits will be available. The cost of the soil test for Hamilton County residents is $5 per test, for gardeners living outside of Hamilton County the fee is $12 per test. To register, click here.

Rain Gardens & Dry Creeks: Turning Rain Water Problems into Beauty @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: John Hemmerle, Owner + Designer of Our Land Organics, LLC
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
A problem that many yards face is how to prevent rainwater from damaging their property. This class will cover different techniques that take the problem of rain water runoff in the yard and develop them into ecological solutions that benefit the homeowner and our ecosystem. Techniques discussed include dry creeks, infiltration/bio swales and rain gardens. To register, click here.

Seed Starting and Thriving Garden Practices @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instructor: Nathan Reidel, Urban Earth Farms
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)
Seed Starting:  Learn the process of starting plants from seed indoors and out
Thriving Garden Practices: Learn about crop rotation, beneficial insects, weeding, mulching and more. To register, click here.

Spring Family Fun @ Civic Garden Center
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Spring Family Fun
(families with children of all ages are welcome)

Saturday, March 18, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Mary Dudley, CGC Youth Education Coordinator
Cost: $5 per participant
Advance registration is appreciated but not required.

Drop in anytime between 10 am-noon to celebrate the changing of the seasons at the Civic Garden Center! Join us as we say goodbye to winter and welcome spring. Families will embark on a seasonal scavenger hunt, create a craft with natural items and take home a set of activity cards.  To register, click here.