There are some exciting happenings around gardening this spring with resources, events, and news that you can use as you start to plant in your vegetable and flower growing spaces.
First, if you had a chance to attend Rooting DC in February there was a wealth of urban gardening knowledge being shared. If you could not attend the events, you can still access presentations on their forum website. The presentations cover everything from starting growing nutritious microgreens to small space garden design to use of compost in your garden and pickling vegetables to preserve them.
Second, the Trinidad annual garden tour is coming up! As spring weather continues flowers will be blooming earlier and edible plants will soon start producing. This is the perfect time to think about what you want to plant in your yard or window boxes or what you want to show your neighbors during the garden tour, which will focus on edible plants this year. If you haven’t been on one of the garden tours, it is a wonderful way to get gardening ideas, meet neighbors, and show off what you are producing. The contact for the garden tour is Laura Casperson. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or are willing to show off your garden during the neighborhood tour. Watch this space for details on the Garden Tour date, time, and route
Finally, Cultivate the City has teamed up with W. S. Jenks Hardware on Bladensburg Road and will be opening a nursery on site. They are constructing a green house on the roof for their H Street Garden project (yes, we know it is not on H Street but it is very conveniently located in Trinidad). They already have a few plants for sale in the store and W. S. Jenks has seasonal gardening items in stock. There will be a seedling Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and a vegetable CSA program coming to the site. Cultivate the City is also holding a photography contest with prizes for selected photos leading up to the opening of the garden center and completion of the rooftop farm.
Washington Youth Garden is hosting a free herb workshop at the Demo Garden in the US National Arboretum.
Local Herbalist, Holly Poole-Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals, will lead us in a mini herb walk and medicine making workshop! We’ll be harvesting elder flowers, peppermint, and yarrow to make a cold and flu remedy. Participants are asked to bring their own jars. Please RSVP.
Washington Youth Garden, US National Arboretum
Herb Making Workshop (free) with Holly Poole-Kavana
Saturday June 13th from 10:30am-12:30pm
Bring your own Jars
Inspired by the Trinidad Neighborhood Garden Tour?
Check out DPR’s Free Summer Garden Workshop Series & TNA’s Fall Bulb Sale
Wish you had spring blooms in your garden? Make that dream come true while supporting TNA’s neighborhood beautification efforts. Our annual Flower Power fundraiser offers a selection of bulbs that will be shipped directly to your door at the ideal planting time.
For every purchase you make, Flower Power gives 50% back to TNA. Click Here to Shop!
Free Garden Workshops
While you are waiting for your bulbs, check out The Summer Garden Workshop Series being offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through September. Workshops are free but registration is required.