MSU offers courses, resources to assist budding home gardeners
You might be looking for something to keep you busy during lockdown and may be entertaining taking on a hobby to help fill the voids in your schedule. If you fit the description, Michigan State University has a solution.
If you’re not afraid of getting a bit of dirt under your nails, now is the perfect time to begin planting a vegetable garden. Not sure how to? Michigan State University Extension has crafted a few digital resources to help novice gardeners’ passions take root in what will be a fulfilling, rewarding and challenging hobby.
Through Thursday, April 23, MSU Extension will be hosting “Vegetables Live!” free virtual seminars via Zoom and Facebook Live. Held at noon each day, the 15-minute talks will address the fundamentals and place you on a pathway to gardening glory. From what to grow when and which tools you’ll need, they’ll break down all of the essentials and basics.
Tune into these online sessions by visiting the Gardening in Michigan Facebook page.
The teaching moments don’t end there. If you want more information and to go at your own pace, MSU is also offering an online course titled “Smart Gardening with Veggies 101” for just $15 if you register before May 15. This course covers the basics and more — including crop location techniques and pest management.
Aside from helping those who simply might just want to pick up something to do with their spare time, the class is also a valuable resource for those wishing to grow their own food and become more self-sustaining. Gardening has proven to be an environmentally conscious and affordable way to improve a household’s health, nutrition and financial well-being.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic and goods becoming less accessible, we are sure to see more home gardening in 2020 than years past, according to NPR.