The Geneva Park District will host gardening classes this spring. For more information, call (630) 232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.
Composting-Black Gold: What is composting and how can it help you? Join the Geneva Park District from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road. This program will discuss vermicomposting and how it can encourage the growth of your plants. Each paid participant will make and take a small, starter kitchen compost bin. Cost is $12 per person.
Make Your Own Rain Barrel: Have you always wanted to use a rain barrel to save money? Join the Geneva Park District and make your own rain barrel from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road. Register early as space is limited. This program will show you how you can save money and help save the environment by using rainwater for your garden and outdoor projects. You'll build your own barrel using the district's tools and supplies, and take it home with you. Plus, you will learn tips on how to install and use your newly created rain barrel. Additional rain barrel kits are available for a discounted fee. The rain barrel kit includes one used 55-gallon food-grade barrel with lid, one brass hose spigot with locknut, one 1.5-inch plastic overflow valve with locknut, one square fiberglass screen, and one complete instruction handout. Cost is $65 for residents and $73 for nonresidents.
Container Planting: Create a unique planter for your home. Join the Geneva Park District and Heinz Brothers Greenhouse for Container Planting. A variety of classes are available. The classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11; 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14; 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15; and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16. This course will allow you to create a beautiful flowering container for the season. The plant material used will be colorful and cold tolerant for our challenging seasons. Potting soil, fertilizer, plant material and container are included in the cost of the program. Additional materials fees pay at class. Cost is $19 for residents and $28 for nonresidents.
Easy Veggie Gardening: Do you want to start your own vegetable garden? Join the Geneva Park District and Heinz Brothers Greenhouse for a course on easy vegetable gardening from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Heinz Brothers Greenhouse, 2010 E. Main St. in St. Charles. This course will teach the best and easiest way to start, grow and harvest vegetables. Cost is $8 for residents and $12 for nonresidents.
Ask the Master Gardeners: Are you new to gardening? A help desk staffed with the Kane County Master Gardeners has been established to answer any gardening questions and offer a variety of tips for you to start a successful garden plot. These volunteers are trained by University of Illinois Extension educators to provide a network of gardening and horticultural programs to educate the public. The Master Gardeners will share their experience at the garden plots from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday, May 19-June 23. Also, you can reach them by phone at (630) 584-6166.