Spotlight on seed libraries: Fall harvest and garden cleanup

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 6:00 am

Gardeners, if you’ve got zucchinis and cucumbers galore, bring them by one of our seed libraries to swap! Also as you start saving seeds for next year’s planting, please don’t forget to bring some back to our seed libraries. Let’s keep the seed borrowing program going for years to come.

Now that you’ve harvested some of the bounty from your garden, it’s also time to start thinking about getting those beds ready for your next planting. Master Gardener Marilyn Lloyd has the information and steps to get you ready for next year’s growing season.

Baffled by a pest or plant problem? If so, come out to Cheney Library to discuss it with WSU Master Gardeners at the Cheney Plant Clinic.

UPCOMING GARDENING PROGRAMS

Fall Garden Cleanup
Master Gardener Marilyn Lloyd shares the importance of fall cleanup in the garden, along with easy steps to get it all done.

FAIRFIELD
Saturday, Sep 8, 2–3pm

CHENEY
Thursday, Sep 20, 1–2pm

MEDICAL LAKE
Wednesday, Sep 26, 1–2pm

Produce Swap
Bring in your extra produce (fresh only), and take home something different from another garden. Leftovers will be taken to local food banks or community centers for distribution.

MEDICAL LAKE
Saturdays, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
10am–1pm

OTIS ORCHARDS
Saturdays, Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
10am–4pm

DEER PARK
Fridays & Saturdays, Sep 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29
10am–6pm

Sundays, Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
1–5pm

CHENEY
Tuesdays, Sep 4, 11, 18, & 25
10am–8pm

FAIRFIELD
Check for produce in the box in front of Town Hall.

Master Gardeners: Cheney Plant Clinic & Information Booth
Need assistance identifying a garden pest or determining why a plant is not thriving? The Master Gardeners can help with a wide variety of horticulture issues, including plant selection, installation, and maintenance; plant problem diagnosis and treatment; environmentally sound gardening practices; pest identification* and management; and effective landscaping practices.

*Due to limited space, please bring samples for pest identification in a one gallon plastic zipper bag or smaller. For additional information about preparing a sample for pest identification, contact Master Gardeners at 509.477.2181 or by email at mastergardener@spokanecounty.org.

CHENEY
Sep 1–Oct 31
1st & 3rd Fridays, 1–5pm

OUR SEED LIBRARIES

It’s time to bring some seeds back to the library for the next round of gardeners to enjoy in the spring. Our seed libraries are accepting heirloom (not hybrid) vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. If you would like to know more about letting plants go to seed and gathering seeds from your garden, stop by a seed library for advice.

We have five seed library locations:

CHENEY, DEER PARK, FAIRFIELD, MEDICAL LAKE, & OTIS ORCHARDS

GARDENING RESOURCES

Check out materials from our catalog on loads of gardening topics, including raised-bed gardening, container gardening, vermiculture (gardening with worms), and seed saving.

If you are thinking about tackling some DIY garden projects, you’ll find helpful digital articles and resources from the library’s resource Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.

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