Creepy Charlie has popped up along with the (often more desired) tulips and daffodils. The garden centers are stocking up on soil and mulch and some eager beavers have already started their indoor seeds. There is still plenty of time to start a garden and reap its benefits. If you’re thinking of taking control of some of your food needs and are considering starting a home garden, or converting a small piece of lawn into an edible food scape, here are some reads to help you on your journey.
You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail
Gayla Trail is an amazingly astute, methodical, knowledgeable gardener. Blogger and writer, Trail has literally blazed one for the gardening world. Her books are informative and easy to pick up for anyone who is just beginning gardening. Trail explains how to grow in small spaces, some pitfalls to avoid and how to companion plant. This book is an excellent guide for anyone just starting out, but a more seasoned gardener could definitely learn some new tips and tricks. We have three of Trail’s books in our collection.
Grow a living wall: create vertical gardens with purpose by Shawna Coronado
Coronado was working in a high stress sales job in Chicago and was fast approaching 40 when she decided to turn her life around and become a full time writer/landscape designer/radio host/wellness advocate/social justice advocate. Her books are well researched, easy to follow and very insightful. This particular one is about creating a garden space that grows up and not out. Vertical walls are amazing and may be just one solution in the future of feeding the growing masses.
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
Mel is the quintessential king of square foot gardening. His book is a very simple guide to plan, build, plant and harvest a great garden. If you’re new to gardening and would like to start off in a manageable way, square foot gardening is for you. You build a box, fill it, plant it with the right number of plants and watch that puppy take off. Box gardens are less prone to weeds and you will be able to plant earlier in the season than you otherwise would be able to.
Or, if you prefer in person garden advice, The Linn County Master Gardeners will be hosting a garden series at the downtown location and at Ladd Library. To see a full list of their events follow the link https://dev.crlibrary.org/2017/03/31/master-gardeners-library/