Spring Series of Horticulture: How To Grow And Utilize Hop Plants
University of Illinois Extension has a great line up of educational classes that will be offered as part of their Spring Series of Home Horticulture. All sessions will take place on Monday evenings March 18 – April 15 from 7 -9 pm at Illinois Extension, 321 W 2nd Ave. Milan, IL. There are five weeks in the series plus an extra DIY workshop on April 22.
The cost for the public is $5 per session. (Illinois Master Gardener get a discount). The Growing Edible Mushrooms class is not part of the series and has a $10 fee which includes a mushroom growing kit. Pre-registration is recommended as seating is limited.
Here are the remaining topics in the series:
April 8th - How To Grow And Utilize Hop Plants - Think hops are just for flavoring and preserving beer? Nope. This vigorous, climbing, herbaceous perennial has various purposes in other beverages and herbal medicine. Let Lori Gravel from Hoppiness On The Hill show you the steps needed to go from rhizome to full grown plant. She will also teach how to turn your harvested hops into oils, lotions, teas and even a sleep sachet. You’ll be a hoptimist by the end of class!
April 15th - Mead Making - As gardeners we all spend a lot of time and effort trying to keep the bees happy. Now it’s the bees’ turn to bring us joy. Mead, quite possibly the oldest alcoholic beverage known to man, is made by fermenting honey. Mike Strong, from The Village Herb Cellar, will cover the history of mead, various styles and varieties of mead and proper mead making practices. This ancient nectar of the gods is staging a triumphant return and this class will show you what all the buzz is about.
Not part of regular registration due to LIMITED SEATING: 4/22 Mushroom Class: DIY make and take 10.00 public and 8.00 Active University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener
April 22nd - Growing Edible Mushrooms - Growing edible mushrooms indoors produces a truly superior fresh food without having to rely on being a lucky mushroom hunter. In this class, Merry Esp from Merry’s Farm in Gerlaw, IL, will walk you through the growing process as a hands-on exercise. She’ll answer your questions and send you home with your first batch and written instructions. This early spring project will provide you with home-grown deliciousness in a matter of weeks.
Date and Time
April 8, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Ave.
Milan, IL 61264
This event is located in Rock Island County.