Saturday, February 19, 2011

Urban Gardening Resources

One of the hot topics in Richmond is urban gardening. The benefits of growing your own food are huge. It's healthier for you, the environment, and your wallet. Whether you have a big yard, a few feet of open space, or only a balcony or window, you can grow some of your own food. Now is the time to start planning your spring garden, and RPL is making it easier than ever for you to find the resources you need.

We're holding a very exciting container gardening workshop at three different library locations. The first workshop will be held at the Main Library next Saturday, February 26th, at 1 pm. Look for the class at Ginter Park Library on May 21st and at the West End Library on April 16th. They're being taught by local gardening expert, Marlene Sehen. You'll learn how container gardening can enhance your environment and your table, without breaking your budget. You do need to sign up for the workshop in advance, so call your branch to register.

We're also taking a look at our collection of gardening books to ensure local gardeners can get all the information they need. We've ordered a whole bunch of new titles that we think you're going to love. Here are a few of them:

Garden Anywhere
How to Grow Gorgeous Container Gardens, Herb Gardens, Kitchen Gardens, and More, Without Spending a Fortune
By Alys Fowler

Grow Great Grub
Organic Food From Small Places
By Gayla Trail

The Bountiful Container
A Container Garden of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers
By Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey

Fresh Food From Small Spaces
The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting
By R.J. Ruppenthal

The Virginia Gardener's Companion
An Insider's Guide to Low-Maintenance Gardening in Virginia
By Donna Williamson

Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City
By Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
So check out a book or attend one of our workshops to get inspired to start your own urban garden or maybe to improve the one you already have. If you don't find what you're looking for, ask a librarian (they'll be thrilled to fuel your spring fever). And if gardening's not your thing, there are lots of ideas in your library to get you started on any of your spring projects.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are lucky to have Marlene share her time and knowledge with us. Marlene is the "farmer" who set up the Byrd House Farmlet at WBCH, with some help from volunteers. This farmlet produced enough to help provide vegetables for the WBCH children's cooking classes, their families, and the food pantry. Marlene's goal in life seems to be teach everyone how to garden and become selfsustaining.