Dig into summer workshops and prep your containers for the deluge
August 5, 12, 14, 19, & 26 - Farm Workday
Help The Green Heart Project—a nonprofit building garden-based learning programs—tend the Urban Farm at Enston Home. The farm is a partnership with the Charleston Housing Authority that serves Enston Home residents and area students alike. Urban Farm at Enston Home, 900 King St. Thursday & Saturday, 8-10 a.m. & 5-7 p.m. Free. greenheartsc.org
August 6 - Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series: The Culture that Rice Built
Amanda McNulty, Clemson Extension agent and host of SCETV’s Making It Grow, delves into the impact that Carolina Gold rice had on South Carolina’s history and culture, as well as its current resurgence as a specialty crop. Participants receive a light lunch of salads and sandwiches. Captain James Missroon House, 40 East Bay St. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $55. historiccharleston.org
August 10-28 - Summer Workshop Series
Take your pick of 18-plus workshops in the Charleston Horticultural Society’s annual summer school. Topics range from native plants to fall veggie growing to formal floral design. Louisa Pringle Cameron speaks on the history of Charleston gardens, while Beth Ilderton spotlights Noisette roses. Locations, times, & prices vary. chashortsoc.org
TIP: August historically brings the Holy City more rain—some seven inches—than any other month. That can spell doom for outdoor container plants (especially those, like citrus, that hate wet feet), so make sure your pots are draining well. Insert a pointed tool, such as a screwdriver, into drainage holes to clear any blockages.