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Library offering gardening tips

Published 9:36am Friday, May 3, 2013 Updated 11:38am Friday, May 3, 2013

The weather is finally getting warmer and people are starting to head outside to work on their gardens. Whether you’re an experienced or novice gardener, come to the library to learn how to get the most from your garden this year.

Join us at the Fergus Falls Public Library for a Composting Workshop on Tuesday, May 21st from 6-7pm. Zach Fjestad, Public Information & Education Officer from OTC Solid Waste, will explain how to create and utilize traditional compost piles, compost bins, and vermiculture (worm composting).

Composting helps reduce the amount of garbage being sent to landfills and leaves you with a nutrient-rich soil fertilizer, benefiting our environment and your garden!

Look for more garden related workshops coming this summer, including Flower Arranging in the Japanese ikebana style with Myra Domes on Wednesday, June 26th from 6-7pm, and Beekeeping with Andy Hayner in July (Date TBA).

We also have a great collection of gardening books. Here is a selection of recommended titles to help you garden this summer.

Composting Inside & Out to Fit Your Space & Lifestyle by Stephanie Davies, 2011.

The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler, 2011.

Encyclopedia of Hardy Plants by Derek Fell, 2007.

Gardening Step by Step by Phil Clayton, 2011.

Landscaping with Native Plants of Minnesota by Lynn Steiner, 2011.

Organic Gardening Magazine, 2013.

Raised-bed Vegetable Gardening Made Simple by Raymond Nones, 2010.

Slow Gardening: A No-Stress Philosophy for all Senses and Seasons by Felder Rushing, 2011.

Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten, 2013.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible by Edward Smith, 2011.

Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell, 2011.

Don’t forget to take a break from your gardening to attend the “Mad Hatter Mother’s Day Tea Party!” on Saturday, May 11. This is the library’s 2nd annual Mother’s Day Tea Party and registration is required. We are offering two times for this fun event: 9 a.m. — 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. —noon. Call (739-9397) or join the event on Facebook to sign-up. Boys and girls and the important women in their lives are invited to join us for stories, special treats, and other fun activities. Don’t forget to wear your fanciest or silliest hat! This will be the final “2nd Saturday Storytime” until October.



Katelyn Edds is the Adult Services Librarian

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