Get your garden ready for late winter/early spring planting. Photo by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star.

Even as we — and our plants — shiver under a blast of arctic cold, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has released its class schedule for spring gardening.

"We've found getting your spring garden in as early as possible with frost protection (late February, early March) can ensure a harvest before the intense heat of May and June set in,” writes Lou Medran, PR manager for the food bank. "We have a new line-up of classes to give you new ideas and tips for success."

You can find the full schedule and sign up in advance (which is required) at

Classes will kick off Friday, Feb. 5, with Garden Basics Intensive, a three-hour morning workshop that will be repeated on Saturday, Feb. 6, and again on March 19.

Other topics this season include Water Saving Irrigation, Soil and Compost, Planting a Healthy Garden and Fruit Tree Care.

Most classes are held at the food bank's garden, 3003 S. Country Club, or at Las Milpitas Farm, 2405 S. Cottonwood Lane, just west of I-10 and south of Silverlake. Some classes in Spanish are offered.

Workshops are free but donations are welcome.