Want to Learn How To Grow Your Own Vegetables? “Gangster Gardener” Ron Finley Is Teaching a MasterClass

published May 13, 2020
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More people are getting down and dirty by starting their own home gardens. But if you’ve never done it before, questions may arise: What veggie varieties are good to start with? Where can they thrive? How do I not kill my plants? Well, self-proclaimed “Gangster Gardener” Ron Finley is here to guide you through the process.

Now on MasterClass, the urban gardening expert is spreading his knowledge to the masses with his 8-lesson course. From how to properly create planters to growing a range of vegetables—from greens and legumes to sweet potatoes and herbs—Finley is your go-to instructor for creating an at-home garden, no matter where you live. 

If you’re not familiar with Finley, you might be wondering why he goes by “Gangster Gardening.” He began his career as a fashion designer, but his trajectory changed when a warrant was issued for his arrest after growing a garden on a curbside dirt strip. As the MasterClass bio description states, “He fought back, got the laws changed, and started a movement.”

Finley discovered his passion for gardening and is committed to creating urban gardens across America, starting with one he plans to build in South Central Los Angeles. In addition to transforming unused spaces in communities, he’s also reaching people around the country who are interested in starting a garden of their own through his MasterClass. 

In the first couple of lessons, you get to know Finley and the importance of “planting a revolution.” Then, you jump right into getting in the dirt and creating planters that will set your plants up for success. Finally, how to grow your own food in depth, and then continue to allow your vegetables to flourish. 

What better time to start than now? The sooner you plant those seeds, the sooner you’ll have fresh vegetables for dinner!