How can the library help my garden?
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.