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Seed sorting

Two-year-old Ravi Essmann of Cedar Rapids checks out packets of seeds next to his mother, Adrienne, at Monday night\'s Community Garden Party at Poet\'s Park. More than 30 people attended the Community Garden Party last night (May 12) at Poet’s Park in southeast Cedar Rapids.

Steve Hanken, who is leading the planting efforts at the park for the Oak Hill Jackson Neighborhood Association, has dug out a 10-by-24 foot wide garden bed in the park to start the community garden. Steve said he hopes to plant tomatoes soon, but it’s been too cold to start. A tiller he tried to use did little on the impacted ground, so Steve has been using a spade to ready the soil.

The Neighborhood Association hopes to offer gardening classes throughout the summer. Seeds handed out for residents to plant their own gardens have been donated to the project. If anyone would like to donate time or materials to the garden, contact Neighborhood Association President Michael Richards at (319) 213-2051.

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Think Spring! More gardening classes

Following are classes offered at Hy-Vee, 5050 Edgewood Road NE, in Cedar Rapids. To register by phone, contact Customer Service at 319-378-0762.

Tips from our Garden Center: Winter 2007-2008: Are Our Landscapes at Risk? with Mike Duggan (Free) Saturday, March 1, noon to 1 pm. Mike Duggan, Garden Center manager, will discuss what to expect in our landscapes and gardens as we move towards spring. We have just experienced one of the most grueling winters on record. Discussion will include effects on trees, shrubs, lawns and gardens. Free. Pre-registration required.

 Tips from our Garden Center: Plant Propagation with Seed and Vegetative Cuttings with Mike Duggan (FREE) Saturday, March 15, 2 to 3 pm.  March is a key period for starting spring plants from cuttings and seed. Mike Duggan, Garden Center Manager, will explain and demonstrate how to get those seeds and young plants off to a good, healthy start. Class is free. Must pre-register. Seating is limited.

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