Container Gardening with a Garden Educator

Saturday, June 1, 2019

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
DeKalb County Community Gardens educator Nathan Dettman hosts a container gardening class at the library! In this class participants will learn tips for successful vegetable gardening using containers and fill containers to take home.

We will start with a short presentation on container gardening. After the presentation, participants will get to pot up a cherry tomato plant, a basil plant, and start cucumber seeds in a peat pot to take home.

DCCG will provide the plants, pots, potting soil and seeds in partnership with the Dekalb Public Library and the DeKalb Kiwanis Club’s “Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body” initiative. This initiative encourages physical, mental, and economic health, as well as sustainable living, through a series of programs, lectures, tours, and activities for people of all ages.

Please bring gardening gloves if you wish to use them. We will have trowels to scoop the potting soil, but you will touch the soil during some steps of the process. Use of gloves is at each participant’s preference. The class will be held outside in the Haish Courtyard so remember a hat or sunscreen for your comfort. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be held in the lower level Yusunas Meeting Room of the library.

Participants must register for this program. The first 20 people to register can participate in the class along with their children or a partner or friend. Participants who bring guests, will work together, and get one set of containers to take home. You will take home one cherry tomato plant in a big pot, one basil plant in a medium pot, and 2-3 cucumber seeds planted in a small peat pot.

DCCG will have beautifully designed flower planters for sale at the time of the class as well. We would take cash or check only. You can also shop for flowers and vegetable transplants at Walnut Grove Vocational Farm, located at 33600 Pearl Street in Kirkland, a program of DCCG.

For assistance with registration, please call the library at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701. For additional information, please contact Nathan at

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