By Korrie Johnston
It’s not too early to think about gardening. The Gardens at Spring Creek offers a month of full of classes and activities for adults and children.
Help NFN Grow
Making Ricotta Cheese: A fun introduction to making your own fresh, creamy homemade ricotta. It is easier than you can imagine and so decadent, you will never go back to store bought. Material list, instruction, and ample tastings provided. Instructor: Connie Meyer, Urban Overalls.
Saturday, February 10; 10 a.m.-Noon; $30
Intensive Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces: Learn how to transform your small space into productive plot. We will discuss including material on location, raised bed construction, soil, and the four intensive methods: succession, interplanting, four square, and vertical gardening. Learn how to create a successful design that takes into consideration seasonality, light, water, nutrient, space, and how different vegetable with different needs can fit together into a small space. Instructor: Susan Bonsall, Larimer County Master Gardener.
Saturday, February 10; 1-3 p.m.; $18
Turf Selection, Installation and Maintenance Demystified: In this introductory class we will cover the ins and outs of installing and maintaining healthy and sustainable turf grass. You will leave with a better understanding of how to best select the turf grass to meet your needs, the installation process by seed or sod (including the City of Fort Collins recommended process) and successful maintenance strategies. Ample time will be provided for Q&A.
Instructor: Jason Brown, Summit Lawn and Landscape
Saturday, February 17; 10 a.m.-Noon;$18
Tasting Teas of the World: Explore the wonders of tea with George Grossman, Chief Leafster, Happy Lucky’s Teahouse. Together, we will sample five types of tea (white, green, oolong, black, and pu-er), and learn about the varied production techniques and growing regions that make each type unique. We will also discuss brewing methods and answer questions. Instructor: George Grossman, Chief Leafster, Happy Lucky’s Teahouse.
Saturday, February 17; 1-3 p.m.; $25
Grow Your Own Veggies
Create your own food-producing gardens at home. Get tips on garden size, site selection, container possibilities, choosing seeds and transplants. Learn how and when to plant, tend and harvest your garden. Plant lists will be provided and our Plant Sale showstoppers highlighted. Instructor: Mary Miller, Gardens on Spring Creek.
Saturday, February 24; 10 a.m.-Noon; $18
Tuesday, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Week of Feb 12: Veggie Stamped Valentines Featured book: Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy
Week of Feb 20: Spring Tulips (No class 2/19) Featured book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Week of Feb 26: Snow Goggles Featured book: It’s Winter by Linda Glaser
Does your half day camper need to come early or stay late? Pack and bring a cold lunch and stay at The Gardens for supervised fun in the Children’s Garden from Noon-1 p.m. for an additional $20 for the week.