Urban Gardening

What is this course about?

“Urban Gardening” is an additional course (GWM).
It is connected to the main project “Everyday Biology” and you are encouraged to choose both courses together to really dig into the topic. But both can be attended individually as well.
This course is mainly practical so be ready to get your hands dirty!

What are we going to learn?

If you commit to this course you will learn how to facilitate the whole way from seed to vegetable. By experiencing this wonderful and sometimes tedious process you will look at the food you eat every day in a different way.
The practical modules include:

  • Building raised beds and other beds for the urban environment
  • Seed propagation by seed
  • Vegetative multiplication (wow it’s cloning)
  • Soil composition and care
  • Fertility and how to create it
  • Harvesting vegetables and seeds

Do you have a special interest (like growing edible mushrooms)? we will find a slot for that as well.

Who teaches that course?

Botho Willer is our main instructor here. While still studying design he founded the Südgarten, arguably the most urban community garden in Munich. Since then he is engaged in making knowledge about gardening and sustainability available to as many people as possible via the online learning platform serlo.org.

Ralph Ammer will assist and support when helpful.

What is “urban gardening”?

Urban gardening basically any form of gardening that happens in an urban environment. From the high-tech multistory automated greenhouse to the eco-activist hiding seeds in cracks on a sidewalk so that some flowers will grow in an especially gray part of the city.
It’s about reclaiming the city for human needs, like food and recreation.
It’s about reconnecting the city and ourselves with the natural systems we rely upon and even about increasing food security.

Vertical Gardening
“Paris, vertical gardens” by snoeziesterre via flickr (CC-BY)

What are the main objectives of this course?

Our main goals are to share with you the joy of engaging with nature. We also want you to share this joy with others.
We want to further our understanding and respect of natural systems, by engaging and experimenting with them.

What are the results?

Everybody creates a small project that improves life on the small plot behind Infanteriestraße 13 or a public space. You can come up with our own idea or choose one of several suggestions.
All projects have to be documented in a way that others could replicate the process so we can share the ideas with the world.

Film still from “Wild Plants”

What will the sessions look like?

A typical session will consist of two parts: “learning” and “doing”.

  • Learning:
    • Inspiration (20-30 minutes)
    • How to – Basic gardening knowledge (30 minutes)
  • Doing:
    • Gardening (45 minutes)
    • Building things (45 minutes)
    • Working on the projects (90 minutes)

When is it going to take place?

We are going to define a time that is best for all participants. The usual slot for GWMs is on Monday from 16:30 – 20:45. This might not work for us, since we need daylight and the wood workshop, so we will probably find a different time.

Just come to our first meeting on Monday, 20.3.2017 at 16:45 in room 12 (Interaction Design) and we will figure out a time together!

The Gardeners

  • Anika Backes
  • Maria Bermudez
  • Sarah-Jasmin Breidenbach
  • Philip Junk
  • Florian Lankes
  • Susanne Mulach
  • Jenifer Oswald
  • Frederik Rasenberger
  • Carina Sabbagh
  • Regina Schröter
  • Julia Strobl
  • Emily Strowitzki
  • Marie Urbin
  • Leandra Weber