Retired Stearns Farm manager Kathy Huckins will share her deep knowledge of gardening with beginning gardeners in a hands on course at her Northboro gardens and greenhouse. 

How to Grow a Garden runs from April through September, beginning April 21 and meeting on the third Sunday every month from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. The class will take students through everything they need to know to successfully plan, prepare, plant, tend, and harvest their own gardens.

Participants will learn garden siting; soil preparation; compost use; garden layout; seed and plant selection; watering and weeding; staking and mulching; insect and disease concerns; harvesting and putting by; fall growing and clean-up; and ergonomics and useful tools. Students will develop a respect for and ability to interpret the complex interactions between soil, plants, insects, and animals. 

The course costs $360, with a 25% discount for Stearns Farm members. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Registration ends April 14. For information about reduced rates or work trades, or to register, call Kathy at 508.393.8695, email or visit the Gardener’s Salon website at