This post is written by Courtney Denning, blogger at Cbus52. You can follow her on Twitter at @CourtneyDenning.

Now that warmer weather has made its way to Columbus, it’s time to start thinking about gardening and preserving the harvest. There are lots of places offering gardening, homesteading and preserving classes throughout the central Ohio area, from greenhouses to homesteading shops to our local parks!

City Folk's Farm Shop 1City Folk’s Farm Shop in the Clintonville neighborhood has everything you need to start a garden, raise backyard chickens or start making your own yogurt or pickles. In addition to being a one-stop-shop for all DIY urban homesteading projects, City Folk’s has a full calendar of classes to get you started. Growing Food in Small Spaces, Mushroom Inoculation, Basics of Permaculture, and Yard Edibles: Putting Names to Familiar Faces are just a few of the classes being taught at City Folk’s this spring.

City Folk's Farm Shop 3Ohio Herb Education Center located in Gahanna offers a wide variety of herb related gardening and DIY classes. Natural Spring Cleaners for the Home will teach participants how to make their own herbal cleaners. Tea Time for Fairies, Herbal Wellness Kit, Kitchen Herbalism and Edible Landscaping: Permaculture for Beginners are some of the other herb related classes being offered in the next few months.

The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks provide year-round activities, classes and hikes for central Ohio residents. Some of the programs this spring will be Basic Wilderness Survival Skills, Herbal Uses, Spring Seasonal Wild Teas Workshop and Wildflowers of Spring. All of these particular classes will be taught at the Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center.

The Glass Rooster Cannery, located in Sunbury, offers classes for beginning and experienced home cooks interested in food preservation. Some upcoming classes include We CAN! Pressure Canning 101, We CAN! Water Bath Canning 101 and Fermentation: Nature's Probiotic.

At deMonye's Greenhouse in Columbus you can pick up vegetables and herbs for your garden, or take a gardening class. This spring deMonye's will be offering a Topiary Planting Class and a Fairy Garden Class.

What do you plan on growing this spring?