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Spring gardening resources:  Annual workshop, books, and more

  One of our most popular events of the year is coming right up. The Spring Gardening Workshop, complete with guest presenters from Abele’s Greenhouse and Garden Center, is being held Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. on the Library’s second floor. 
  If you’ve never attended a Spring Gardening Workshop, there’s a lot to look forward to. This isn’t just a presentation about what’s pretty, although we do learn what new colors there are for annuals. How many colors of red or pink are there? A shocking variety of beautiful shades with crazy names. However, we also learn what not to plant this year because of any number of issues including diseases that popular plants might have developed. We learn the work-around plants to replace the problem plants. And there are drawings to win big pots of beautiful plants. If you are feeling bummed because you didn’t win a big planter, not to worry. Everyone is a winner, because Abele’s brings enough plants for all of us to leave with something new for the garden. 
  All this is bound to whet your appetite to learn more. We are there to help you delve into areas of gardening that you have been meaning to explore or just discovered you’re anxious to try. 
  Upstairs in non-fiction or on the main floor currently on display, the library houses upwards of 100 books about gardening. That’s not counting available magazines from Zinio or on paper at the library. Let’s look at three gardening areas:  herb gardening, container gardening, and gardening to attract birds, butterflies, and bees.
  The editors at Birds and Blooms have published Gardening for Birds, Butterflies, and Bees. Learn not only what flowers to plant, but what shrubs and trees attract birds, butterflies, and bees. Colors such as bright red will bring in the hummingbirds, but there are many other ways of attracting them. We can create habitats for pollinators in our yards in environmentally friendly ways.
  The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible by Edward C. Smith is subtitled “How to grow a bounty of food in pots, tubs, and other containers,” and that sums up what this book is all about. Smith matches up a variety of foods to the particular containers that will work best – 𠇋roccoli on the balcony and a pumpkin in a planter.”  He discusses how to get rid of pests safely and when and how to harvest.
  PBS’s Wild about Herbs by Roger K. Tabor gives readers the history and uses of herbs. His enthusiasm is real. Tabor states that we can learn to “take back control of mind, body, and spirit” with herbs. That’s a tall order, but even some of that would be great.
  As always when discussing the library’s collection, this column gives just a handful of examples of a well-curated collection. 
  This past weekend gave us a much welcome taste of spring. It’s now time to drop in and browse our display area and upstairs shelves for information and inspiration. 
  See you at the Library!
  Upcoming Events:   April 24, Monday Maker Night -- Stop Motion Movie Making at 6:30pm; April 26 at 6:30pm -- the annual Spring Gardening Workshop; April 22 – 29 -- Money Smart Week. All events are free. See the Library’s website at www.wicksonlibrary. org for details of these and other activities and events. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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