April 28th, 2014

Taking the Mystery out of Gardening

Gardens are a beautiful thing.  Growing your own food can cut down on your grocery bill and help you make healthier choices for meals and snacks.  But if you’ve never been in charge of a garden from start to finish, it can be daunting.  What do I plant when?  What do I do besides hoe weeds and harvest?  And the biggest one, where on earth can I put a garden when my house sits on ¾ of an acre and the hubby has adamantly refused to let me have anything other than planter boxes of herbs in the back yard?

There are a lot of choices and a lot to learn.  “Square Foot Gardening,” container gardening, vertical gardening, hydroponics, aquaponics, vermiculture, permaculture, organic growing – it’s enough to make your head spin.  Thank goodness the library offers programs and books on so many of these topics!  Now if I can just convince the hubby that some of those hanging baskets should be filled with grape tomatoes and yellow pear tomatoes instead of flowers…

What will you be growing this season?

Spring Series 2014


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April 29th, 2013

Diggin’ the Dirt

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One of my greatest pleasures is wandering through my garden after work, marking the day-to-day changes in nature.  I look for new blooms and dead head old ones, pull a pesky weed here and there and look for unexpected surprises.  Checking the status of my little kingdom is a soothing ritual.  I am strictly a flower gardener, but I imagine vegetable gardeners do the same, noting new buds and the progress of each vegetable’s exciting growth.

Whether you’re interested in flowers or vegetables, or if you’re new to gardening all-together, CCPL has a series of gardening programs this spring you might find helpful.  From planning and sowing a garden to canning the fruits and vegetables of your labor, we have programs to inspire your green thumb. Click here to see more about our program series and for links to sign up for specific programs.

We are especially excited about our first ever Plant Swap at the Elkton Central Library on May 8. Did you start too many seedlings this year?  Are your perennials desperate for some breathing room?  Gardeners are known for sharing their bounty, so bring your extras and come home with some new beauties.  Sign up online or by calling 410-996-5600 ext. 481.

For more gardening goodness, don’t forget that we have great books to keep you inspired throughout the growing season.  Try our staff recommendations for compelling, true reads about gardening or our favorite picks for creating a home-grown lifestyle.

What will you be growing this year?


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