From raised beds to seed bombs, what’s growing in the gardening world?

Time to get dirty.

The summer gardening season fast approaches and the Southland is blooming with news and opportunities to turn your thumbs green.

Among the trends growing in popularity are raised beds, said Nancy Kreith, horticulture educator for the University of Illinois Extension, Cook County in the Matteson office.

“It’s not a new concept at all,” she said. “I’ve been working with the extension for 15 years and even as an intern we were building raised beds, mainly in urbanized areas where there might be problematic soil.”

“Seed Bombs,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 21 Clay, soil, and seeds are all you need to make a seed bomb. Let it set, and then let it fly, into an abandoned lot or other public space in need of a little greenery. Nature does the rest. Open to all ages but under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

•Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 Raymond Ave.; 708-422-4990;

Pantry Garden Helpers, 3 p.m. July 18. Kids age 11 to 14 can earn community service hours by helping with the Oak Lawn Community Garden’s food pantry plots at 5220 105th St. Dress for the outdoors and bring a water bottle.

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