In a flawed attempt at garden maintenance, amateurs often construct a scarebee to deter pesky pollinators from cross-contaminating precious thoroughbred plants. Become a gardening guru with today's Groupon: for $80, you get a four-week gardening class (a $225 value), plus an electronic companion gardening book (a $75 value) at Garden Inspirations in Waxahachie (a $300 total value). Four-week sessions (held in weekly two-hour classes) will be available from April until September (excluding July), with the first series kicking off April 11.
Garden Inspirations harbors 13 years of experience from green-thumbed mother-and-daughter team Marilyn Simmons and Donelle Simmons Smith, who ply the Waxahachie community with their bountiful bouquets and pesticide-free veggies.
Dedicated to spreading knowledge about self-sustainable, natural, and magic-bean-less vegetable harvesting, the four-week vegetable-garden series and its educational companion book, school students in the basics of organic-produce cultivation and require no prior gardening experience. Classes incorporate all things alluvial from selecting seeds, composting, and turning the soil to canning veggies and growing plant people to fill vacant seats on the town zoning board. Students will learn by way of hands-on digging and planting activities, which are supplemented with lectures, presentations, and demonstrations to arm each planter with the soil-savvy skills needed to nurse their own hotbeds of nourishment. Check out the schedule for a choice of class days and times, grab your garden gloves, and get growing with today's green-minded Groupon.
"Gardens are a lot like people,” Marilyn Simmons told Now Magazines. “As they grow and mature, they come into their own.” Marilyn and her daughter Donelle, owners of Garden Inspirations, have their own unique plot. “A Radio Flyer wagon is home to an assortment of flowers and trailing potato vines and an herb garden is flourishing in a nonfunctioning barbecue grill.”
At their farm, the two work to show pupils how to plant their own beds with pesticide-free veggies, which blossom into sources of personal pride. The full schedule of classes includes introductory courses on overcoming the gamut of challenges that aspiring gardeners face, such as inhospitable soil, lack of time, and accidentally planting their car keys. Knowledgeable about diverse garden types—including rooftop, field, and aquaponic—the instructors impart their wisdom on the best kind of garden for each grower’s individual needs, as well as which vegetable varieties grow most readily in North Texas and how to plant them. When not brewing compost tea or working beneath trellises tangled in emerald wisps, the crew does a radio show which talks about how to obtain baskets of naturally grown peaches, cucumbers, and squash.