Friday, June 01, 2012

Free Gardening Program on Saturday, June 9

Mr. Robert Shaw will present the third program in his gardening series “Growing a Green Thumb” on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The presentation will be held in the Library Board Room located on the second floor.  This program is free and no reservations are required.  Attendees can enter an opportunity drawing for several gardening books to be held at the end of the program.

Mr. Shaw will be covering the topics of Vegetable Gardening and Yard Maintenance. With Southern California’s favorable climate, it is never too late to start a vegetable garden.  Mr. Shaw will discuss what can be done now to plant a garden and how to maintain the garden you already have (including such topics as fertilizing, pruning, and pest control).

Currently, there is a movement towards local and sustainable food production and consumption. And what could be more local than growing vegetables in your own backyard (or front yard for that matter)?  One title you might consider checking out is "Edible Landscaping" by Rosalind Creasy. This beautifully illustrated book discusses ideas for incorporating edible plants into one's garden, including information on some less well-known plants like ginger, pawpaw, and lotus. For other recently acquired gardening books try this list

And if you are looking for “room to grow”, don’t forget that the City of Buena Park has a popular Community Garden program where residents can rent a plot of land for gardening (see the City’s website for more information).

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