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3738 42nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN, 55406

EVENTS

 

NORTHEAST FREE SEMINAR SERIES:
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Wednesday, February 8, 7pm:  Start With Soil by Sam Janicki
Organic gardening always starts with soil. Mother Earth Gardens recommends certain compost and soil ratios to start a new vegetable garden, our staff loves soil conditioners in the spring, and we sell many different types of soil for houseplants and container planting. What is the difference and why is it important? Sam Janicki, our long-time soil rep, takes you through what soil is, why it's important and what you should look for when you are buying soil for your home and garden. 

Wednesday, February 15, 7pm: Ferment FreeStyle with Eli Wheeler and Natalie Benson
We had so much fun making kraut and kimchi last year in Longfellow that Natalie and Eli are back this year in Northeast to spread the ferment frenzy. Focusing on making vegetable ferments, preserved by the action of microorganisms, the instructors will touch on kefir and kombucha as well. 
Tasting enouraged.

Wednesday, February 22, 7pm:  New Plants, New Reality with Vicky Weis
When we sat down to order plants for the coming season with Vicky, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, our outlook brightened. Regulars have figured out that this annual presentation of beautiful photos and interesting info is the inspiration you shouldn't miss, especially this year. The talk focuses on annuals for containers and landscape, but touches on edibles and perennials, as well.

Wednesday, March 8, 7pm: Houseplant Confidential  with Jess Heimer and Mary Jane Lavin
Love houseplants? Have questions? Jess and MJ have been ordering and tending to the houseplants at our two locations for years. How and when to transplant, what types of soils to use, what to do about pests, and how much light and water are just a few of the many questions will be addressed. This was our most requested seminar in 2016.

Wednesday, March 15, 7pm: Beyond the Kale: Getting Green Production Out of Your Veggie Garden with Matt Smaus
How to get maximum bang for your buck by planting a garden bed of greens in the early spring, freezing those greens to eat the following winter, and still getting your tomatoes, melons, and other summer crops in the ground on time. Matt has harvested 50 family-sized servings of greens from a single 3’x8’ bed by using this strategy inspired by Carol Deppe’s “Eat-All Greens.” In this class, he covers precision timing, appropriate varieties of greens, direct seeding vs. transplanting, the process of harvesting, blanching, and freezing, and the financial and nutritional payoffs.

Wednesday, March 29, 7pm: Mysterious Amendments with Stephen Gregg
It's a great idea to send some garden soil to the University of Minnesota for a test in the spring. But what does it mean when the test comes back telling you to add potassium, and what are all those mysterious things like "greensand" in the bulk bins at the garden store? Stephen will give you the basics to understand what the trade calls "amendments", including both bulk additives and cover crops, which are planted specifically to increase fertility and soil health.

 Design Your Landscape  workshop with Anna Bierbrauer and Mary Gaytan
Four Saturdays, February 4, 11, 25 and March 4,
10a-noon at our Northeast location.

Design the garden you desire -- your style, your budget, your way. In this class, we'll help you define your needs and goals, examine existing conditions and potentials of your site; explore materials, costs, and DIY versus hiring it out. Our approach is informed by sustainable design, permaculture principals and our experience designing with Mother Earth Gardens' customers over many years. We’ll do some work together in class and some homework outside of class. Cost of the the class is per household, so two can learn as cheaply as one. Materials provided!

$200. for four 2-hour classes.  SIGN UP HERE.

 

LONGFELLOW FREE SEMINAR SERIES:

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Monday, January 30, 7pm:  Get Your Seeds Outwith Eli Wheeler
We are now officially calling this one a classic.  Elizabeth Wheeler, intrepid seed starter for Rush Creek Growers, has been scattering the seeds of her wisdom on the Mother Earth Gardens community for eight years, and still this is one of our most popular classes. Attend this seminar if you truly want to be successful with indoor seed starting in our cold climate. Easily the best seed starting class in the tri-state area.

Monday, February 13, 7pm:  New Plants, New Reality with Vicky Weis
When we sat down to order plants for the coming season with Vicky, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, our outlook brightened. Regulars have figured out that this annual presentation of beautiful photos and interesting info is the inspiration you shouldn't miss, especially this year. The talk focuses on annuals for containers and landscape, but touches on edibles and perennials, as well.

Monday, March 6, 7pm:  Houseplant Confidential with Jess Heimer and Mary Jane Lavin
Love houseplants? Have questions? Jess and MJ have been ordering and tending to the houseplants at our two locations for years. How and when to transplant, what types of soils to use, what to do about pests, and how much light and water are just a few of the many questions will be addressed. This was our most requested seminar in 2016.

Monday, March 13, 7pm: Beyond the Kale: Getting Green Production Out of Your Veggie Garden with Matt Smaus
How to get maximum bang for your buck by planting a garden bed of greens in the early spring, freezing those greens to eat the following winter, and still getting your tomatoes, melons, and other summer crops in the ground on time. Matt has harvested 50 family-sized servings of greens from a single 3’x8’ bed by using this strategy inspired by Carol Deppe’s “Eat-All Greens.” In this class, he covers precision timing, appropriate varieties of greens, direct seeding vs. transplanting, the process of harvesting, blanching, and freezing, and the financial and nutritional payoffs.

Monday, March 20, 7pm: Mysterious Amendments with Stephen Gregg
It's a great idea to send some garden soil to the University of Minnesota for a test in the spring. But what does it mean when the test comes back telling you to add potassium, and what are all those mysterious things like "greensand" in the bulk bins at the garden store? Stephen will give you the basics to understand what the trade calls "amendments", including both bulk additives and cover crops, which are planted specifically to increase fertility and soil health. 

Monday, March 27, 7pm: Start with Soil by Sam Janicki
Organic gardening always starts with soil. Mother Earth Gardens recommends certain compost and soil ratios to start a new vegetable garden, our staff loves soil conditioners in the spring, and we sell many different types of soil for houseplants and container planting. What is the difference and why is it important? Sam Janicki, our long-time soil rep, takes you through what soil is, why it's important and what you should look for when you are buying soil for your home and garden.