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TAG: gardening

Green looks good on you: Digital resources for gardening

Posted in News on March 18, 2020 at 6:00 am

Whether you’re new to gardening or looking to spruce up your spring and summer gardens, you’re bound to find the ideas, information, and help you need with these digital resources. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center Find creative gardening ideas and how-to instructions for many gardening projects and topics, including these and more from Hob […]

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Your urban garden: Mason bees, rain barrels, succulents, jams & more

Posted in News on January 23, 2020 at 6:00 am

With spring right around the corner, many gardeners have begun dreaming of their perfect garden for beautiful spring and summer colors and a bountiful harvest. If this sounds like you or if you’re interested in starting your own garden (going vertical, anyone?), we have workshops about gardening, water conservation, and food preservation. Our see […]

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Take and Give: Seed Library

Posted in Explore and Discover, News on January 22, 2020 at 6:00 am

Updated on January 22, 2020 Bring your green thumb (and your saved seeds) to any of our five seed library locations! The idea is simple: you borrow from a selection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at any time during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to […]

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Saving seeds from the garden: Lovage, snap peas, and coriander

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 3, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole Ah, summer. Here you are again, bringing all that sunshine and heat and gardening goodness with you. For most of us gardeners, our seasonal plants have not only been selected by now, but they’re planted and fairly well established in our gardens. Many perennials are blooming, or nearly so. The time has […]

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Abundant gardening programs and resources at the library

Posted in News on May 22, 2019 at 6:00 am

It’s time to dig into garden projects! The library is providing inspiration and information with the help of Master Gardeners and other garden experts. Explore our gardening programs, seed libraries, and resources for the spring and summer seasons: Plant Clinic | All Ages Gardening | Waterwise Gardening | Composting Workshops | Saving & Shari […]

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Gifts of experience for less stress and more joy this holiday season

Posted in Explore and Discover on December 11, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole The holiday season is here again! I love the smells of goodies baking in the oven, the peacefulness of the fluffy snow falling outside, and the excited sounds of kids clamoring to get the best spot by the Christmas tree and all the gifts. Usually at our house, that last one is […]

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The art of saving seeds

Posted in Explore and Discover on July 31, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole In a remote vault located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, nearly one million seed varieties are stored. The purpose of this immense storage facility is to ensure the genetic future of these seed varieties, should any of the gene banks located around the world suffer catastrophic disaster. One hundred […]

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What’s cooking in the mud kitchen?

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on May 22, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Abra Cole In the last month, my garden has gone from looking like the dark side of the moon after the zombie apocalypse to a lush green jungle of happiness. Many plants I forgot I had planted last fall have popped up to greet the sun. I already know that I want to plant […]

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Anticipation and inspiration: Getting ready for spring gardening

Posted in Explore and Discover on February 27, 2018 at 6:00 am

by Abra Cole It’s nearly Go Time, my gardening friends! We’ve almost made it through the winter, through the snow and the ice, through the below-freezing temperatures. We have watched last summer’s plants freeze and die back, disappear under a blanket of snow, and get stomped on (along with other indecencies) by neighborhood cats. We […]

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Overabundance: What to do when the produce is piling up

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 7, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Susan Goertz This spring, I bought a house with a lovely little backyard. At the time, it was pretty hard to tell what was growing back there—just what looked like lots of promising looking twigs and buds. As spring warmed into summer, my vegetative bounty slowly revealed itself. Every new discovery was a delight […]

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