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Container Gardening: Food for You and Nature in Small Spaces

When: Wednesday, May 25, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn
Tickets: $7
Visit: nhaudubon.org




Big growth in small spaces
Plant veggies, herbs on your back porch

05/19/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 Learn how to put your green thumb to use without a plot of land at Massabesic Audubon Center’s Container Gardening workshop on Wednesday, May 25.

“There is such demand for gardening in small spaces,” certified organic grower and workshop leader Ron Christie said in a phone interview. “People have wanted to grow their own food and they don't have big areas to grow in. They want to know how [to] at least have one or two tomato plants and greens and grow them in a non-toxic type environment.”
Massabesic Center Director Dawn Genes said via phone that the idea for a workshop on growing food in small spaces came about through the center’s partnership with AARP.
“We sat down … to think about spring programs that our members might enjoy. Assuming some of these people have downsized and may have porches or balconies and still love gardening, how can we have those small spaces be useful [and] help pollinator species? Because all of that is part of the mission of New Hampshire Audubon,” she said. 
Part of the workshop will teach people how to build higher raised beds, which should be particularly helpful for older participants with limited mobility.
“They don't have to kneel on the ground … so there is really a lot of [flexibility] with containers,” Christie added. “They can still do gardening and get the benefits of gardens, and that goes to all kinds of plants.”
Though the workshop is a joint program with AARP, the hot-topic subject appeals to all ages, in many living situations. 
“People in urban areas want to do something to get good food … a young couple or a person in an apartment that wants something to grow or people in their 80s and 90s,” he said. “I’ve had a whole cross section of people come for [these workshops]. It’s kind of fun because that way you’re not getting one group of people, you’re getting a whole host of different people.”
“Container garden” can take on a number of forms, depending on personal interest and space. For some it’s a rosemary plant that stays outdoors in the summer and moves inside during the cold months while for others it’s a purely seasonal outdoor batch of tomato plants.
“It can be in the house, something outside or in-house and brought out. People do all kinds of stuff,” Christie said.
Avid gardeners are certainly welcome, though you don’t have to have any prior growing experience. Christie and master gardener Marge Badois will lead the workshop, covering plant growth basics, watering techniques and where to buy potting mix. They’ll begin with a presentation on basic science, but move quickly to the demonstrations, Christie’s favorite part. 
“My hope is to tell everyone all of the little tricks you use to have a small container garden and be successful at it. We’re gonna show people all kinds of stuff,” he said.
The workshop is focused primarily on growing food (because that’s what Christie does) so folks will learn about tomatoes, herbs, blueberry bushes and flowers as well as various other annuals and perennials. 
“What’s cool is you can take the whole process and … things [that] apply to vegetable gardens [and] apply them to other things,” he said. 





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