Well, the weather seems to be having a hard time making up its mind, but the calendar says Spring and that means its time for minds to turn to gardening. We even have a seed library at our Wellandport branch to help get you started. Pair your seeds with some of these great books for Spring!

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101 Organic Gardening Hacks by Shawna Coronado

In 101 Organic Garden Hacks you’ll find the top tips, tricks, and solutions Shawna has dreamed up in her career as one of America’s most creative gardeners. Some are practical timesavers; others offer clever ways to “upcycle” everyday items in your garden. One characteristic every hack shares is that they are completely organic and unfailingly environmentally friendly. Divided into a dozen different categories for easy reference, each hack is accompanied by a clear photo that shows you exactly how to complete it. If you are looking for resourceful ways to improve your garden and promote green living values right at home, you’ll love paging through this fascinating, eye-catching book.

Available: Smithville

How to Make a Garden: the 7 Essential Steps for the Canadian GardenerHow to Make a Garden: The Seven Essential Steps for the Canadian Gardener by Marjorie Harris

From Canada’s leading garden expert comes a unique and practical step-by-step guide to creating the garden of your dreams.

With her inimitable charm and boundless knowledge, noted gardener and author Marjorie Harris establishes the template for creating the garden that is right for your tiny urban plot, barren suburban tract, overgrown meadow, condo roof or balcony. Packed with practical advice, helpful sidebars and attractive photographs, How to Make a Garden takes you through Marjorie’s seven essential steps to garden-making – the culmination of twenty-five years of her experience.

Available: Wellandport

10424957Keeping Bees with Ashley English by Ashley English

Heard the buzz? Beekeeping is back! Neighborhoods across the country have embraced it as a source of sustainable food and environmental goodness. For those who want to join the “hive” of keepers, Ashley English has the lowdown on the key issues, from space and time considerations to local ordinances to the basics of acquiring, housing, maintaining, and caring for bees year round. Plus, get 10 tested honey-centric recipes!

Available: Smithville

256660You Grow Girl : the Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening by Gayla Trail

This is not your grandmother’s gardening book. You Grow Girl is a hip, humorous how-to for crafty gals everywhere who are discovering a passion for gardening but lack the know-how to turn their dreams of homegrown tomatoes and fresh-cut flowers into a reality.

Gayla Trail, creator of YouGrowGirl.com, provides guidance for both beginning and intermediate gardeners with engaging tips, projects, and recipes — whether you have access to a small backyard or merely to a fire escape. You Grow Girl eliminates the intimidation factor and reveals how easy and enjoyable it can be to cultivate plants and flowers even when resources and space are limited. Divided into accessible sections like Plan, Plant, and Grow, You Grow Girl takes readers through the entire gardening experience.

Available: Wellandport

Unearthed: Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned GardenUnearthed by Alexandra Risen

Alex’s father dies just as she and her husband buy a nondescript house set atop an acre of wilderness that extends into a natural gorge in the middle of the city. Choked with weeds and crumbling antique structures, the abandoned garden turned wild jungle stirs cherished memories of Alex’s childhood: when her home life became unbearable, she would escape to the forest. In her new home, Alex can feel the power of the majestic trees that nurtured her in her youth.  She begins to beat back the bushes to unveil the garden’s mysteries. At the same time, her mother has a stroke and develops dementia and Alex discovers an envelope of yellowed documents while sorting through her father’s junk pile. The papers hold clues to her Ukrainian-born parents’ mysterious past. She reluctantly musters the courage to uncover their secrets, while discovering the plants hidden in the garden — from primroses and maple syrup–producing sugar maples to her mother’s favorite, lily of the valley. As every passionate gardener knows, to spend time with the soil is the opposite of escapism — it is to embrace our own circle of life and hold it close.

Available: Smithville

Magazines

Country Gardens – Country Gardens celebrates the spirit and romance of gardening as a lifestyle. Whether you have 40 acres or live 40 stories high, we know that country style is more than just a trend, it’s part of our united gardening experience. With straightforward garden and decorating advice, the latest tools and gadgets, garden-fresh recipes, and personal stories that inspire readers to take action. Available in Smithville

Birds and Blooms – Birds & Blooms is the #1 bird and garden magazine in North America with more than 1 million subscribers. They pride themselves in celebrating the “beauty in your own backyard” with a mix of expert advice and personal stories from their readers. This magazine covers a wide range of topics such as attracting hummingbirds, building birdhouses, gardening for butterflies, feeding birds for less, growing veggies, tales of readers’ birding experiences, plus a whole lot more. Available in Caistorville

For the Kids

My First Gardening Book: 35 easy and fun projects for budding gardeners: planting, growing, maintaining, garden craftsMy First Gardening Book: 35 easy and fun projects for budding gardeners.

35 fun projects that teach children aged 7 and up how to garden. If you’re a budding gardener, you can discover how to sow and grow successfully with My First Gardening Book.

Available in Smithville

 

Plant the Tiny SeedPlant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

“Plant a seed to watch it grow. Press on the cloud to make it rain. Jiggle the book to scatter the seeds. Interactive text teaches very young children how flowers sprout and mature. Contains watercolor depictions of a flower in various stages of growth.”

Available in Smithville

Tokyo Digs a GardenTokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?

Available in Smithville, Caistorville, and Wellandport

Happy Spring Everyone!!!

 

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