GRINNELL – Starting your own vegetable, flower, or herb seeds is the best way to access the full range of seed varieties that are available in catalogs and gardening stores while avoiding the cost of store bought transplants. “Seed Starting,” course number HMG 3000 103, is a hands-on class that will give participants the chance to start their own seeds and learn how to care for them successfully. Participants should bring their own seeds that they want to start indoors. The instructor will help determine whether these seeds should be started at the time of the class, or later in the spring. For those that do not have seeds to start at class time, there will be a limited number of seeds made available by the instructor. Seed starting materials include soil and seed starting trays that will be provided. The instructor will also demonstrate the use of a soil block maker, a tool that allows you to start seeds directly in blocks of soil rather than using plastic or paper pots.
“Seed Starting” will be held at Iowa Valley Grinnell, 123 6th Avenue West, Grinnell, room 145. Class will be held from 10 am to noon on Saturday, March 2, and costs $20, which includes seed starting material.
“Seed Starting,” is part of the Grinnell Gardener Series, which offers classes on a variety of gardening topics for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. With the help of local experts, leave these classes more informed, excited, and prepared for the next season of gardening. The next class in this series will be “Composting 101: Food for the Food” on Saturday, April 27, from 10:30 am to noon at the Grinnell Community Garden in Miller Park, taught by Iowa City compost teacher Scott Koepke. The event is co-sponsored by Imagine Grinnell.
Please register and pay by Thursday, February 28. To register, contact Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 1-800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645. For more information check out the IVCE website at www.IowaValley.com.