Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sunday April 10th, 2016 Gardening Inspiration at your Library

As winter slowly drifts into spring, I find my thoughts drifting more and more from the confines of my warm home to that small patch of land that surrounds it. As the snow melts and the debris hidden under it becomes exposed, the urge to begin the yard cleanup becomes stronger.  While I am not a natural gardener and sport a thumb more black than green, the act of playing in the dirt and attempting to nurture the natural world is wonderfully satisfying.  Gardeners come in a wide variety of flavours; from those who garden to put food on the table, to those whose passion is growing the perfect rose. The gardens they create can range from a few pots on a windowsill, through to a wild meadow designed to attract bees and butterflies, to large formal gardens as beautiful as the finest works of art.

Every year the library purchases the latest in gardening books, from DIY guides on pruning and composting, to tomes on plant selection and care, as well as the newest ideas in design and landscaping. Our children’s department has materials on teaching even the youngest of children the joys of beginning to grow and care for plants. Working in a garden is a great way to spend family time; there are tasks suited for everyone from the youngest of child, to the most sullen of teenager. Studies have shown that gardening helps us keep our mental and emotional acuity and anyone who has done a long stretch of gardening can attest that is makes for a great workout.

Scanning the shelves, I grabbed a variety of some of the newest titles available in the gardening section, as an introduction to what the library offers, so browse our shelves or through the catalogue and start planning your perfect garden.

The New Canadian Garden by Mark Cullen
Cullen and his family are a part of a Canadian gardening institution, providing know-how, equipment, plants or seeds throughout the country. This new guide looks at the changes of how Canadians garden, from urban spaces to community gardens while keeping in mind the best of environmental practices and that support the needs of the birds, bees, and butterflies with whom we share our gardens.

Showcasing the wide variety of perennials available throughout each zone of this country, Roth’s book bursts with colour. Emphasizing the importance of developing a garden over a number of years using perennials, the book is full of practical tips on topics like dividing, pest control, and multi-season blooming.

No so very long ago, most ailments were cured through medicinal preparations harvested from garden pharmacies, sometimes known as physic gardens.  Millard shows the reader how to grow, harvest and prepare plants in order to receive their maximum health benefits.

Besides being a great gardening book on types of plants that attract hummingbirds, Tekulsky’s work gives the reader a glimpse into the life and lifestyle of the hummingbird.  Concentrating on providing optimal conditions for the beautiful endangered species, the book demonstrates the delicate relationships in nature that are frequently disrupted by man.

Using step by step illustrations, this book is a great reminder of how fun growing things can be. From growing a new avocado from an old pit on your windowsill to building a terrarium in a jar or growing a basket of strawberries, the book is full of fun ideas for kids of all ages to tackle no matter the season.

You can also check out the Thunder Bay District Master Gardeners website for local gardening tips and information on upcoming events.

Lori Kauzlarick

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