ULTIMATE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO GARDENING IN COLD CLIMATES
This course is designed to help beginning gardeners get started and successfully grow flowers, vegetables, and other plants. Designed by a master gardener in the Keweenaw Peninsula, the material covers the following topics:
Determining your gardening style
Gardening in a cold climate including identifying the growing zone, understanding the frost free season, and characterizing potential micro-climates.
Selecting your garden location through site assessment and establishing garden beds
Working with garden soils, soil testing, and interpreting the test results
Planting your garden from seed
Debweyendan (“Believe in It”) Indigenous Gardens (digs)
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has been awarded funds to promote intergenerational learning and access to healthy foods and medicines through the Debweyendan (“believe in it”) Indigenous Gardens (DIGs) initiative. DIGs aims to promote food sovereignty, strengthen well-being and cultural identity, and sustain knowledge for future generations. Throughout the 2019 summer and fall harvesting seasons, the Natural Resources Department will provide a gardening and harvesting workshop series.
Each workshop will be facilitated by knowledge holders who will share their expertise, skills, and Ojibwa teachings on respectful plant and forest relations. Specific food and medicines of the workshops will be dependent on our local/ regional teachers, input by the KBIC Traditional Clinic, and our seasonal landscape and garden productivity (e.g., temperature, precipitation, pests, and climate).
For more information about the workshops please subscribe to our email list, check out the calendar for workshops dates, or use the contact form to be connected to a specific project.
Gardens in the Western Upper Peninsula
E.B. Holman School, Stanton Township
Sacred Heart, L’Anse
Barkell Elementary, Hancock (temporarily disabled - building site)
Copper County ISD Learning Center
CLK Elementary School (temporarily disabled - building site)
TR Davis Elementary, Dollar Bay
Houghton Elementary, Houghton
Luther L. Wright High School, Ironwood
Washington Elementary School, Bessemer
Michigan Tech University - Daniell Heights Residential
Michigan Tech University - Wadsworth Hall
Ryan St., Hancock
Pewabic St., Houghton
Fort Wilkins Gardens, Copper Harbor
Keweenaw Garden Club
Michigan State University Extension - Master Gardeners