Monday, December 5, 2011

My spring class at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

I am excited to be giving a class about growing urban edibles at the BBG in April. It's called Edibles on the Edge

Gee, I wonder why?

Yep, growing good things to eat, with an emphasis on what works in containers. Herbs, leaves, fruit and vegetables, all tested and tasted in person at 66 Square Feet.

From early spring radishes to strawberries to lettuces to sweet cherry tomatoes to endless cucumbers to currants and blueberries to potatoes to fat eggplants to figs to mustard and kale. With a side of parsnips. I'll also talk about what to do in the kitchen with the mini or major harvests. Simple recipes, unexpected deliciousness, old favourites.

Each class is three hours long, with breaks, and we will follow the growing year from early spring to round about now, early December. If you are familiar with this blog you'll be able to guess at some of the varieties!

Every attendee will receive a delightful goody bag of seeds I've chosen from Botanical Interests, whose seed packets are almost too pretty to tear into, and we'll sow a tempting spring edible right there, in growpots to take home. Whether you want to grow a single cherry tomato, a smorgasboard of salads, or a crew of rooftop or in-ground berries, I think this class will be an inspiring way to begin the gardening year.

To register for Edibles on the Edge, visit the April 15th or April 22nd links in the Gardening section of the Adult Education segment on BBG's website. And check out some other classes: Night Gardens! Growing Food in the Shade!

Also, if you'd like to attend and would like to learn about something specific, let me know, and I'll see if I can work it into the material we cover.


  1. Sounds lke great fun! Wish Wisconsin was a tad closer to Brooklyn! I'm sure the classes will fill up quickly!

  2. Congratulations! I'm sure it will be a smash.

  3. Oh, man. I am so taking this class. :) Congrats on the gig, too! So exciting.

  4. Wow! I would so love to be a commuting student, but methinks the commute is overly long. Perhaps I can arrange for you to be a guest lecturer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden??

    Hope you enjoy teaching it.

  5. Rachelle - I hope so, it would be awful to have an empty classroom...eek.

    Fanks, Fwank :-)

    Jill - that would be amazing!

    webb c'mon, it's worth the trip...I hope I enjoy teaching it, too :-) There'll be loooots of pictures.

  6. Whoa, wow, will wonders never cease.

    So wish we lived by you ( for so many reasons) would sign up for sure.

    This is going to be very exciting for you for your students and for us your devoted readers.


    xo Jane


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