How can the li­brary help my garden?

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By NANCY STRAKNA

Spe­cial to the Whig

Dear Li­brar­ian: I love to garden but want to freshen up my garden this year with­out spend­ing a lot of money, what can I do?

Dear Reader: If you’re an avid gar­dener like me, then this is your busiest time of year.

It’s time to clean out your veg­etable and flower beds, plan this year’s garden, and get your seeds started. When plan­ning my garden I think about which plants worked well last year, which ones didn’t, what peren­ni­als need di­vid­ing, and where I need new plants.

One of the eas­i­est ways to get free plants is to di­vide the ones you al­ready have.

One of the won­der­ful things about peren­ni­als is that as long as they are happy where they are, they will come back year af­ter year with very lit­tle main­te­nance on your part. But even­tu­ally they will get too big or start look­ing un­kempt, and then it’s time to di­vide them. This will not only im­prove the health of the plant, but give you ex­tras you can use in your garden and share with other gar­den­ers. I know I’d rather pass on an extra plant and give it a good home than, heaven for­bid, throw it away!

But what if you’re look­ing for some­thing new?

One of the best, and cheap­est, ways of adding di­ver­sity to your garden and try­ing new plants is to go to a plant swap. At a plant and seed swap gar­den­ers bring their extra seeds, seedlings or plant di­vi­sions and trade them with other gar­den­ers. It’s a great way to share plants and gar­den­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, and it’s free!

Whether you’re an experienced or be­gin­ner gar­dener you want to make the most of your garden. At the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary, we have an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of gar­den­ing books and mag­a­zines. But if you’re look­ing for the lat­est, most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion, you might want to check out our col­lec­tion of on­line mag­a­zines avail­able through Zinio where you can down- load home and garden mag­a­zines like Birds and Blooms, Coun­try Gar­dens and Or­ganic Life. In ad­di­tion, our Gar­den­ing, Land­scape and Hor­ti­cul­ture data­base con­tains mag­a­zine and jour­nal ar­ti­cles for ev­ery­one from the novice gar­dener to the pro­fes­sional.

For more hands-on in­struc­tion you can find home and garden pro­grams through­out the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary sys­tem. Check on­line through our cal­en­dar or look in The Link, our li­brary news­let­ter; avail­able in branches, on­line or by email for a first look at up­com­ing events.

On Wed­nes­day, May 25, the Per­ryville Branch Li­brary will be hold­ing their sec­ond Plant and Seed Swap on from 6 to 8 p.m. We hope you can make it! This will be a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to swap plants, seeds and ex­pe­ri­ences with other gar­den­ers. Don’t miss the chance to try some­thing new in your garden!

Last Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: How long did it take Han Solo to make the Kes­sel Run in the Mil­len­nium Fal­con? An­swer: Less than 12 par­secs.

This Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: How many peo­ple visit Long­wood Gar­dens each year?

Up­com­ing Event: Come to the next NMTC Sci­ence Cafe on sus­tain­able land­scape of the fu­ture at Elkton Cen­tral Li­brary at 7 p. m. on Tues­day.

Christy Michaud will ed­u­cate us on the fu­ture of land­scap­ing and gar­den­ing. She will help us un­der­stand the value of na­tive species and pre­serv­ing the in­tegrity of the en­vi­ron­ment. Michaud is a Mas­ter Gar­dener, a Mary­land State Cer­ti­fied Pro­fes­sional Hor­ti­cul­tur­ist and has a Bay­wise Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-996-5600 ext. 481 or visit www.ce­cil.ebranch.info.

What Peo­ple Are Ask­ing runs weekly in Jump­start and is writ­ten by li­brar­i­ans at the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary. Ques­tions? Visit your lo­cal branch, email ask@cc­plnet. org, call 410-996-5600 or visit www.ce­cil.ebranch.

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