Mid-State Spring Garden Series

Mid-State Spring Garden Series

Beginning in March, Mid-State Technical College is offering a series of continuing education classes on the spring garden. Participants will learn new techniques to achieve a healthier, more productive, and beautiful garden this year.

To register:

Browse the class descriptions below, and locate the class number for the class(es) you'd like to take. Then choose one of the following registration options:

  • Phone – Complete and submit the online registration form. Then call our main number at 888.575.MSTC and state that you have just submitted your registration for a class and would like to pay by credit card. Provide your credit card information, along with the class number and fee amount for the class. (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted.)
  • Mail – Complete and print the online registration form, and mail it along with your check for payment to the campus office at any Mid-State location. (This payment option is described within the form, in section 5).
  • In person – Complete and print the online registration form, and bring it with your payment to the Mid-State campus office nearest you.

Contact Heather Grys-Luecht at 715.422.5426.

Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales

Instructor: Sandy Kiddoo

Dates and times (choose one):

  • Saturday, March 18, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Stevens Point campus)
  • Wednesday, March 22: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Wisconsin Rapids campus)
    Fee: $20

Are you interested in a unique form of “container” gardening?  Come away from this short course with knowledge about how to grow vegetables in bales of straw, without soil—or weeds! Growing in straw bales is like growing in a pile of compost, where roots get bigger and stay warmer.  Better roots mean better shoots and bigger fruits. Hands-on demonstration will offer the opportunity to inspect bales of straw in various stages of preparation or conditioning before planting. The class fee includes your own copy of Joel Karsten’s Straw Bale Gardens booklet.

Mushroom Cultivation

Instructors: Tony Miller and Heather Grys-Luecht
Dates and times (choose one):

  • Saturday, April 22, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., (Wisconsin Rapids campus)
  • Monday, April 24, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Stevens Point campus)
    Fee: $38

Class numbers: 

  • 28182 (Wisconsin Rapids, April 22)
  • 28181 (Stevens Point, April 24)

This class is a short primer on the basics of edible mushroom cultivation. The benefits of integrating mushrooms into garden systems will also be discussed. Mushroom mycelium, which has a cobweb like appearance, is the part of the mushroom that is responsible for seeking and digesting food in order to support the explosive growth of “the mushroom” or the edible cap and stalk. When you introduce mycelium or spawn into a specific, select growing medium or substrate that provides food, water, and air (like logs, straw, sawdust, and even toilet paper rolls), you can grow your own mushrooms that you know are safe to eat. In this class, you will have an opportunity to inoculate various substrates with mushroom spawn and will take home a project that will allow you to grow your own edible mushrooms.

Metal Garden Sculpture

Instructors: Mike Schultz and Russ Moore

Location: Wisconsin Rapids campus
Fee: $50

Option 1 – Dates and times (attend both): 
  • Week 1 – Thursday, May 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.: Welding and Fabricating Machine Safety and Practice Project
  • Week 2 – Thursday, June 1, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.:  Create Your Own Metal Sculpture from Steel “Junk”
    Class number: 28184
Option 2 – Dates and times (attend both):
  • Week 1 – Thursday, June 8, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.: Welding and Fabricating Machine Safety and Practice Project
  • Week 2 – Thursday, June 15, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.:  Create Your Own Metal Sculpture from Steel “Junk”
    Class number: 41344

This two-session experience will give you the basics of welding and machine safety to prepare you for creating a yard-art or garden sculpture of your own design. You will create an instructor-led project during the first session and get ideas for personal art that you can make during the second session. The instructors will provide examples of decorative metal sculpture pieces created from everyday steel “junk,” like old wrenches, ratchets, shovels, and saw blades. Come back on week two with your collected treasures and receive assistance in creating a small metal sculpture for your own garden.

This class is partially funded by a Perkins Strengthening Career and Technical Educational Programs Grant.