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Head into the garden with Lilly Steirer to learn best practices for how to start and grow cool weather seeds and plants. Some plants practice social distancing for the greater good, too. Learn the importance of giving plants plenty of space to come into their full potential. This class is perfect if you have little hands helping in the garden. We will be planting and caring for cool weather seeds at various stages of their life. Lilly and her children will teach what it means to give them all the room they need to fully flourish.

Lilly is a school garden educator with the Slow Food Denver Cooking from the Garden program, where she teaches after school classes for children where they learn how to garden and creatively cook locally grown plants and other delights. Lilly also co-hosts the podcast Sustainable Colorado which chronicles her family’s experience of living in the earth’s rhythms zero-waste on an urban farm including interviews with their favorite experts. Listen to recent episodes like Compost & Mulch and Victory Gardens while you’re planting this spring! She is the Chair of her City’s Sustainability Board, but her main joy is teaching her own children how to cook, flourish, and grow in the garden.


A few of the cold-tolerant plants Lilly mentioned in the session are arugula, carrots, radishes, peas, lettuces… watch the video to pick up a few more.


Materials needed:

  • Garden space or a large pot with soil
  • Cool-weather seeds (ideally choose two different kinds)
  • 1 sheet of newspaper or a large piece of scratch paper
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons water
  • Small cup
  • Toothpicks