Friday, February 24, 2012

Spring Gardening

It’s February, the Christmas holidays are long past, the Groundhog has indicated that there will be six more weeks of winter and tax forms are everywhere. Let’s forget all that and get out the seed and flower catalogs and prepare for SPRING! It’s time now to start planning new beds and plantings, check out the newest tools and equipment, and dream of warm spring days that are perfect for working in the garden.

The January/February issue of Horticulture magazine has a great guide for garden tools both large and small, as well as articles about winter plants, gardens designed for children and garden trees. For vegetable gardeners, the Organic Gardening magazine (December/January issue) features a special review of the different varieties of eggplants, and advice on how to choose hand pruners. Both of these magazines are always chock full of articles, practical advice and creative solutions to garden problems that help enlighten amateur gardeners.

Fine Gardening, another magazine found at the library, emphasizes garden planning and special plantings. The April issue has a special review of Peonies as well as information about planter gardening and pruning.

The Marshall Branch recently received a donation of 3 volumes from, Wild Flowers of the United States, about flowers in south eastern portions of the country. The illustrations and color photographs are beautiful.

Titles recently added to the library’s gardening collection include:

Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden by Graham Kerr
Armitage's Garden Perennials by A.M. Armitage

Quick and Easy Curb Appeal a Better Homes and Gardens publication

Enjoy these and many other books, magazines and DVDs available at the library for first time gardeners as well as seasoned pros.

Mary @ Warrenton

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