Coming up Roses: Think spring thoughts with gardening workshops this month

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Mother Nature’s tease of spring-like weather probably has you ready to swap your gloves and snow shovels for gardening supplies. But while winter is still sticking for a few more weeks, it’s never too early to start planning your gardening.

Throughout the month of February local gardening gurus are holding a number of workshops teaching everything from seed starting to composting to orchard growing. So break out the seed catalog and start thinking about bringing some life to your backyard! For more gardening events, check the Grid calendar.  

Saturday, February 4

  • Amending Your Soil Workshop (12 – 2 p.m.) Learn how to amend your garden soil and get your beds ready for spring. Greensgrow Farm, 2501 E. Cumberland St.
  • Worm Composting Collective (12 - 2 p.m.) Build your own worm-bin and learn how to care for your new compost pets. Pre-Registration required. $20 for members $30 for non-members. Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.  

Wednesday, February 8

  • In-home Composting (6 - 7 p.m.) Learn how to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich compost with Green Guide Holly Logan. Sustainable 19125, 2446 Coral St.

 Saturday February 11

  • PSU Master Gardeners: Vermicomposting (9 – 11 a.m.) Learn how create and maintain in-home worm composting. $10 registration fee. Fairmount Park Horticultural Center, North Horticultural Drive & Montgomery Ave.
  • Intro to Orchids (1 – 2 p.m.) Join Margie Robbins, the Primex “Orchid Guru”, for a class on how to grow and care for these unique plants. $10 registration fee due in advance. Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside, Pa.

Saturday February 18

  • Rainwater as a Resource (10 – 11 a.m.) Learn what you can do to reduce runoff and what to do with the runoff water that lands and gathers on your roofs, lawns and gardens. $10 registration fee due in advance. Primex Garden Center435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside, Pa.
  • Seed Starting Workshop (12 – 2 p.m.) Greensgrow’s farming and sustainable programs Manager will teach you how to choose the correct seeds, equipment and location for starting your garden. Must register by 5 p.m. on February 16. Greensgrow Farm (2501 East Cumberland St.)
  • Backyard Orchard (1 – 2 p.m.) Gain knowledge on how to maintain your fruit trees. Pruning, spraying and disease and insects are among the topics that will be covered. $10. Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside, Pa.)
  • Rain Barrels (1 – 2 p.m.) Interested in water conservation? Learn about rain barrels, their use in the garden, and how to build your own. $10. Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside, Pa.

Saturday February 25

  • Crop Planning and Garden Layout (11– 1p.m.) Join fellow gardeners and explore new ways to design and enhance your garden. $8 registration fee is required for Greener Partners members.  The Longview Center, 3215 Stump Rd., Collegeville, Pa.
  • Growing Berries, Brambles and Grapes (1 – 2 p.m.) Primex’s staff will teach how to care for blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes and more. Learn how to prune and defend against disease. Primex Garden Center, 435 West Glenside Ave., Glenside, Pa.