Four Local Home and Garden Courses Worth Taking

Jenny Rogers

Welcome to gardening season! After a long winter, we've made it. Now, where to begin? For those new to maintaining and caring for a garden, there's help. There are also tips, tricks and ideas for Central Ohioans interested in beekeeping, canning and growing an herb garden. Read on for a roundup of home- and garden-related courses worth taking.

1. The pros at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens lead courses nearly year-round. Highlights this season include Garden Greens (ideas for expanding your produce garden beyond lettuce), IPM at Home (an integrated pest management course teaching natural methods for banning bugs) and DIY Hypertufa (a class teaching participants how to make hypertufa containers).

2. Each season, Clintonville's City Folk's Farm Shop offers educational opportunities focused on topics such as raising chickens, keeping bees and growing a bountiful, organic produce garden. Maple-tapping, cheese-making, healthy soil and composting are also on the list of classes hosted by shop owners Shawn and Gerry Fiegelist.

3. If you're planning on growing a produce garden this summer, you'll want to sign up for one of Glass Rooster Cannery's regular canning and cooking classes. The cannery, located in Sunbury, offers courses for canning beginners, jam-makers, dehydrating enthusiasts and more.

4. Spices make a meal, right? The Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna offers a variety of herb-centric courses, from drying and pressing (May 12) to herbal papermaking (June 27). Stop in the center at any time for advice on growing your own herbs, or join in on one of the center's monthly herb walks around Creekside.