Garden Outside The Box offers a variety of classes, workshops, and demonstrations. Interested in learning the basics of vermicomposting (composting with worms)? How about planting a Monarch Way Station for the pollinators? Organic gardening anyone? Just a sampling of what we offer. Don’t see exactly what your looking for? We can create the perfect class in your price range for your group. Call us 248-251-2215
School Garden Program & Classroom Compost Bins - Calling all Teachers....want to start a sustainable gardening program for your class? We can help you with all the challenges associated with school gardens. For example forget the summer crops when no one is there to care for them anyway...let's focus on season extension and growing Spring and Fall gardens. We will help you with a plan that works - let's make learning by doing in the garden easy and fun! We also specialize in indoor worm composting - this method is super easy with no odors and kids just love the little wigglers!
Vermi-Composting 101 - 1 hour presentation followed by Q&A Brief overview about soil health, organics and the goal of using Vermi Castings in the gardens - Hot Compost vs. Cold Compost – Intro to Vermi-Composting / Worm Anatomy – Why use Red Wigglers? - Brief video clip - Environment: Types of housing, bedding - Feeding & Watering – Troubleshooting – Using worms in the garden – European Night Crawlers – How to use Vermi Compost - Making Compost Tea –
Gardening Trivia – 30 minutes Adult or Children Interactive 12 questions with prizes (live organic plants) Topics can include: seed saving, growing from seed, heirlooms vs hybrid, plant biology, nutrient cycles, urban gardening, growing organically, soil health, composting, seed beds, season extension, and more
Garden Design – 1 hour offered in Fall and Early Spring Have you always wanted to grow the biggest pepper in the neighborhood? The first one with red tomatoes? This class is for you - we go over the basics for beginners and get into techniques even immediate advanced gardeners can use. Topics can include: Garden Location, Plant Spacing, Intensive Practices, Space Saving techniques, Organics, Soil Health – no till practices, Seed Starting, Season Extension, Raised Beds and Urban Methods
Kids in the Garden – 1 hour – recommended ages 5 - 12 Designed for kids and their adult partner who want to grow something Great! Connect with where your food comes from. Did you know that kids are 6 times more likely to try veggies that they grow fresh from their garden? Topics include: soil health, organic growing, seed starting, windowsill gardening, and urban garden methods. This is an interactive workshop that includes take aways and tasting.
Butterflies, Pollinators, Native Gardens – 1.5 hours How to design and plant a Monarch Way Station as well as attracting pollinators and wildlife into the garden. By the end of this class you will have a complete working drawing that once planted can be registered with the Official Database. Bring paper and pencil.
Garden Party at your Home/Work – Invite your friends over….learn something new….buy a garden kit….have fun! Let’s play garden trivia – I have “live” prizes! Great for adults, gardeners, co-workers, friends, Scout groups, birthdays, and more! We also offer fundraising packages – call for details
Tiny Terrariums – 1.5 hours Ages 12 to adult or Children’s Session age 8-12 Design a tiny world under glass. Using different mosses, natural elements, and miniature figures.
Upcoming Class Topics: Raising Backyard Chickens Pests & Diseases in the organic garden: Troubleshooting Tree ID – Let’s go on a hike
Children’s Growing Series: 6 weekly classes offered Spring/Fall and Summer
Need help growing? Live in Metro Detroit? Garden Outside The Box offers garden and landscaping consulting. We specialize in the following:
Garden and Landscape design with proper plant selections and proper spacing
Pest and Disease management specializing in Organic methods
Urban Gardening techniques including vertical gardening and space saving
Hydroponics and Indoor growing
Compost and Vermicompost (worm farm) Set Ups
Monarch Way Stations - Butterfly and Pollinator Gardens