gardening series

(Saturdays, March 11 – April 1, 2023)

Set your growing dreams in motion this Spring with this four-part Gardening Series led by Laura Ruby and supported by Reems Creek Nursery! In our region, with most warmth-loving plants ready to go outside in mid-May, March is the right time to begin planning your garden, starting your seeds, and prepping your growing area. Discover when to seed and transplant, which vegetables and perennials to plant, site location based on natural water and sun flows in your space, and simple techniques for keeping your garden healthy as the season progresses.

Classes will take place on March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 2023, at Reems Creek Nursery in Weaverville, with one class at an urban garden in West Asheville. We strongly encourage you to purchase all four classes jointly, as the class is designed to be cohort-style, but there are options to purchase courses individually below. 

Meet your Instructor!

Laura was born with a strong, inborn love of plants and animals. But it wasn’t until she earned her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2002 from Crystal Waters EcoVillage in Australia that she understood how to work with them sustainably through whole systems design. In 2013, she moved to Western North Carolina and immediately started working with other landscapers and nurseries in the Asheville area. Through volunteering with The Fruit and Nut Club, she took a position with The Roots Foundation as their Director of Curriculum from 2015-2018. Through the foundation, she worked with teachers in Asheville City Schools developing multi-disciplinary, real world, project based learning lessons for grades K-7. She also co-designed many of the outdoor learning classrooms at the Lucy Herring Elementary School of Ecology.

Laura is a Certified Permaculture Teacher, and co-facilitates the Wild Abundance Permaculture Design Course along with Natalie Bogwalker. She also co-owns a 56-acre Permaculture education center and event space, The Ruby Roost, with her sister and mother.

With this experience, YummyYards was started to support those that want to create and expand their aesthetic and edible gardens. We believe these two types of gardens do not need to be separate. Instead, they can ebb and flow to create a more resilient, productive, and beautiful outdoor living space.

Where & When

Class Description


Saturday, March 11 at 2 pm

Location: Reems Creek Nursery (map it)

Class 1: Garden Planning and Preparation

We will discuss what goes into garden planning through setting priorities, observation, mapping, budgeting, and succession planting. This will include tips for choosing what to grow and how much to plant. We will then discuss what is needed to start and care for plants, whether you are growing from seed indoors, purchasing transplants, and/or direct seeding. This will include discussions of useful tools and how to use them. This class will also include a demo of making your own seed starting mix. We will also review some great perennial edibles and how to care for them year-round. 

Saturday, March 18 at 2 pm

Location: Reems Creek Nursery (map it)

Class 2: Soil Management and Care

In this class, we will dive into soil management. We will talk about the principles of healthy soil and how to amend your soil naturally and affordably, including discussions on composting, compost tea, and vermicompost. We will discuss different strategies to build a raised bed, clear space for a new one, or revive an old garden bed.

Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm

Location: Laura’s garden in West Asheville (location provided upon registration)

Class 3: From Lawn to Garden

We will meet in the garden for our third class together. This workshop will be very hands-on, including direct seeding and converting a lawn into a garden. You will get to see established gardens and learn how each was created, planted, amended, etc. You will also see how fruit production can be integrated with growing flowers and veggies.

*Note: This class will be taking place in a mulched garden and is less wheelchair accessible than the Reems Creek Nursery location. Please contact for more accessibility information. 

Saturday, April 1 at 2 pm

Location: Reems Creek Nursery (map it)

Summer Garden Management and Preservation

We will reconvene at Reems Creek Nursery for our final workshop. We will close with a session to discuss succession plantings for summer, summer weed, pest management, and preserving the harvest (what to do with all those tomatoes, and more!). We will share some tips for keeping your body and energy up throughout the season to make the best of your garden and have ample time to address any questions coming up for you as you start the gardens back up for the season.

Thanks to our Gardening Series Sponsor, Reems Creek Nursery, for making this series possible!

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