Living in the city doesn't mean you have to compromise on green space. You can plant your own fruits and vegetables using a small plot of land or even a windowsill. Urban gardening popularity is growing as people look for more ways to incorporate fresh, locally grown produce into their diets.
These upcoming Cleveland Metroparks programs will help you cultivate your green thumb and jump start your planting season:
Sunday, April 6 � 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Rocky River Nature Center � Rocky River Reservation
Herbs are very easy to grow in small spaces. Master gardener Mary Strayer returns to Cleveland Metroparks for an herb gardening party for budding gardeners. Learn tips for starting your own mini-garden and sample herb-based snacks, including cheesy dill muffins, bruschetta and herb cheeses. There will be door prizes, table favors and plants available for purchase. Registration and a $10 fee are required by April 2. Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley Parkway in Rocky River Reservation, north of Cedar Point Road in North Olmsted. For more information and to register, call Cleveland Metroparks Nature Shops at 440-734-7576.
Planting Container Herb Gardens
Saturday, April 26 � 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Garfield Park Nature Center � Garfield Park Reservation
Do you live in a place with little to no room for gardening? You don't need an acre of land to have a garden. Come to the nature center to learn how you can grow fresh, delicious herbs in a small amount of space. Take home a recycled container to start your garden. Registration, beginning April 1, is required. Garfield Park Nature Center is located off the Broadway Avenue entrance of Garfield Park Reservation in Garfield Heights. For more information and to register, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-341-3152.
Your Piece of the Planet - East: Gardening Green
Saturday, April 26 � 2 - 3:30 p.m.
North Chagrin Nature Center � North Chagrin Reservation
How green is your garden? Organic and chemical free gardening is becoming a staple in urban landscaping. Explore ways to grow healthy lawns and garden plants without hazardous chemicals. Learn to recognize beneficial insects, pests and weeds. Then learn some eco-friendly methods to deal with common gardening problems. North Chagrin Nature Center is located off SOM Center Road/Route 91 in Mayfield Village. Follow the signs for the nature center at the Sunset Lane entrance to North Chagrin Reservation. For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 440-473-3370.
Gardening in Small Spaces
Sunday, April 27 � 1 - 2:30 p.m.
CanalWay Center � Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Even if you only have a tree lawn or balcony, you can successfully grow vegetables. Learn some tips and techniques for small area and container gardening from an Ohio State University Extension office gardening expert during this afternoon program. Registration, beginning April 1, is required. CanalWay Center is located on Whittlesey Way, off the East 49th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights. For more information or to register, visit clevelandmetroparks.com or call 216-206-1000.