Learn to Garden in a Day

It may be the sixth day of spring, but I’m here to tell you – and I know this firsthand — that staring at those little green shoots poking up in your flower beds won’t make them grow any faster, no matter how hard you look at them.

What will cure that early-spring-garden lust, however, is URI's GreenShare Garden School Day on April 4th  at the Roger Williams Botanical Center. Coordinator Sejal Lanterman calls it, “a six-week gardening course all crammed into one day.”

The workshops are geared to amateurs and focus on starting seeds, soil testing (free!), growing container vegetables, lawn care, and one of the most popular sessions: worm composting. Star attractions, the Worm Ladies of Charlestown, will be selling Red Wigglers (turns out they’re excellent composters) and answering such pesky questions as: how much should worms be fed, and what to do if their bin is too wet?

Exhibitors from the New England Carnivorous Plant Society, the Rhode Island Orchid Society, the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, among others, will also be on hand. Early registration ($20 half-day; $30 full day), ends tomorrow but for just $5 more, you can register on the actual day. Don’t forget to bring a lunch.


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