To Do: “How to Grow A Killer Vegetable Garden” Chat at the Flower Show

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Guys! We’re just two days out from our Be Well Philly extravaganza at the Philadelphia Flower Show. On Saturday, we’re hosting two fitness classes smack dab in the middle of all the Flower Show action at the Convention Center. Plus, I’ll be leading a fun discussion with two local gardening experts on how to grow a KILLER vegetable garden.




Here's what you need to know: After our 10 a.m. yoga and 11:15 a.m. boot camp classes wrap up (Head to room 204B to take part in those! Details here.), we'll head over to the Gardener's Studio on the main Flower Show floor for the 1 p.m. gardening discussion. I'll be joined by gardening experts Ryan Witmer, a co-founder of the new Philly Foodworks CSA, and Mike Krupit, an avid home gardener and advisory at the Philly start-up Real Food Works.

I have pretty much the blackest thumb on the face of the planet, so I'm super excited to learn some solid tips from our experts. Ryan grew up farming in Ohio before moving east to Philly, where he became the agricultural director for the local nonprofit Urban Tree Connection. He basically turned old, vacant lots around the city into urban farms. Super cool, right? Now he works with farmers and local producers for his CSA.

Mike brings to the table lots of backyard gardening experience. He started growing his own produce back in California, where, he says, "It's the perfect weather for growing anything, anytime there, so I got really excited about it." Then he moved east to Bucks County, where he had yard space galore, so he eventually put in some beds and—voila—a killer veggie patch.

I'm going to be picking their brains about what to plant, how to compost, how to organically deal with pest control, what works in pots and what doesn't and lots more. Join us at 1 p.m. at the Gardener's Studio.

Here's more info (scroll down to March 8th) if you need it.

$27 in advance, $32 on site for Flower Show ticket; March 8th, yoga at 10 a.m., boot camp at 11:15 a.m., gardening discussion at 1 p.m.; Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia.

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