Your urban garden: Mason bees, rain barrels, succulents, jams & more

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 6:00 am

With spring right around the corner, many gardeners have begun dreaming of their perfect garden for beautiful spring and summer colors and a bountiful harvest.

If this sounds like you or if you’re interested in starting your own garden (going vertical, anyone?), we have workshops about gardening, water conservation, and food preservation.

Our seed libraries have sprouted two new locations as well: North Spokane and Spokane Valley.

Let us help you reach your gardening goals, from planting to harvest!

GARDENING & WATER CONSERVATION

Mason Bees
For all ages

Garden-helping pollinators can boost your garden yields. Learn what the beneficial Mason bees need to thrive and how to easily make your garden into a great habitat for them. Make and decorate a small Mason bee house to take home. All materials provided.

DEER PARK
Saturday, Feb 1, 10:30–11:30am

OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturday, Feb 15, 10:30–11:30am

Vertical Gardening
For adults

Master Gardener Marilyn Lloyd shares the ins and outs of starting and maintaining your own vertical garden, using wall space to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, or even root crops. Vertical gardening takes up less space than traditional gardening and can be easier to harvest and maintain.

OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturday, Feb 8, 10:30–11:30am

CHENEY
Saturday, Feb 22, 10:30–11:30am

ARGONNE
Saturday, Feb 29, 10:30–11:30am

Propagation from Seeds & Cuttings
For adults

Discover easy ways to propagate seeds with or without a greenhouse and to propagate plants using cuttings with Master Gardener Steve Nokes.

SPOKANE VALLEY
Wednesday, Feb 12, 6:30–7:30pm

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Thursday, Feb 27, 6:30–7:30pm

FAIRFIELD
Tuesday, Mar 3, 6:30–7:30pm

Raised-Bed Gardening
For adults

Master Gardener Steve Nokes shows you the advantages of raised-bed gardening, including the best materials and soil to use, advantages of different sizes and shapes, and the ideal locations for a successful raised bed experience.

OTIS ORCHARDS
Tuesday, Mar 24, 6:30–7:30pm

DEER PARK
Thursday, Mar 26, 6:30–7:30pm

Seed Bombs
For all ages: Kids 8 and under must bring an adult.

Create seed bombs that are fun to plant! Once you get home, you can launch your seed bombs outside on the soil where you want beautiful, colorful flowers or delicious, nutritious vegetables to grow. Supplies provided.

SPOKANE VALLEY
Thursday, Apr 16, 4–5pm

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, Apr 18, 10–11am

Out of the Gravel: The Legacy of the Spokane Valley Farm
For all ages

Jayne Singleton, Director of the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, discusses the history of farming in the Spokane Valley.

SPOKANE VALLEY
Thursday, Apr 23, 6–7pm

Decorative Garden
For adults

Decorate your garden with décor you create from wine bottles. Using the library’s tools and supplies, you can cut glass bottles and etch creative designs. Bottles are provided. For a particular color or style, you are welcome to bring your own bottles. Registration is required.

DEER PARK
Thursday, Apr 30, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

NORTH SPOKANE
Thursday, May 7, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

MEDICAL LAKE
Wednesday, May 13, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

MORAN PRAIRIE
Tuesday, May 19, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

FAIRFIELD
Saturday, May 23, 2–3:30pm | REGISTER

SPOKANE VALLEY
Thursday, May 28, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

ARGONNE
Saturday, May 30, 2–3:30pm | REGISTER

Plant Starter Exchange

Add variety to your garden and share with others! Bring your extra plant starts to share and pick up some from other enthusiasts. Any leftover plant starts will be donated to the North Country Food Pantry.

DEER PARK
Friday–Thursday, May 1–7, during open hours
Additional plant starts are provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Library.

NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, May 2, 1–4pm
Additional plant starts are provided by the Friends of the North Spokane Library.

SPOKANE VALLEY
Saturday, May 9, 2–4pm

Worm Bin Composting
For adults

Compost with worms! In this basic vermicomposting class, discover the benefits of raising worms, and learn how to create a simple worm bin.

OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturday, May 2, 10:30–11:30am

DEER PARK
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30–7:30pm

SPOKANE VALLEY
Wednesday, May 13, 7–8pm

Hardy Succulents for Spokane Area Gardens
For adults

Master Gardener Eva Lusk discusses adding hardy succulents to gardens in the Inland Northwest to conserve water. Our area is nearly ideal for growing conditions for succulents—rocky and sandy soil as well as hot, dry summers, and limited rainfall.

CHENEY
Thursday, May 7, 4:30–5:30pm

FAIRFIELD
Saturday, May 9, 2–3pm

OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturday, May 16, 10:30–11:30am

DIY Rain Barrels
For adults

Save your rainwater runoff to water your garden. Learn the best reasons and ways to use a rain barrel. You’ll see a demonstration of the construction of a barrel and receive instructions to make your own. Kits for retrofitting barrels will also be available for purchase.

Presented in partnership with the Spokane Conservation District

MORAN PRAIRIE
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30–8pm

NORTH SPOKANE
Wednesday, May 13, 7–8:30 pm

TAKE & GIVE SEED LIBRARIES

Our seed libraries are growing!

Check out our newest seed library locations, opening March 1:

Learn more about how seed libraries work, online and at these District libraries.

FOOD PRESERVATION

Food in Jars

Anna Kestell, Food Preservation/Safety Outreach Educator with WSU Extension, shares food canning basics, including choosing produce, deciding between a pressure can or water-bath can, and selecting jars, lids, and canners.

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Saturday, Feb 15, 2–3pm

SPOKANE VALLEY
Wednesday, Feb 19, 6:30–7:30pm

Canning & Freezing Fruit

Let’s discuss fruit—a favorite staple of home preserving! Anna Kestell, Food Preservation/Safety Outreach Educator with WSU Extension, covers canning, freezing, preserving pie filling, and making simple syrups.

SPOKANE VALLEY
Wednesday, Apr 15, 6:30–7:30pm

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Thursday, Apr 16, 6:30–7:30pm

Beyond Jam

Anna Kestell, Food Preservation/Safety Outreach Educator with WSU Extension, shares ideas for using fruits in unique and tasty ways to create conserves, marmalades, and compotes bursting with flavor.

SPOKANE VALLEY
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30–7:30pm

THE LAB AT NORTH SPOKANE
Thursday, May 28, 6:30–7:30pm

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