Find Gardening Know-How At Your Library

Gardens have always been a healthy escape that lift the soul and the spirit.  Spring has sprung, and it’s time to put on your gloves, get your shovel, and start sowing seeds, or planting flowers and shrubs. Whether you are a first-time gardener or a veteran planter, the Library is here to get you gardening- ready with upcoming programs and materials to borrow.

On April 13 at 11 am, we present “Small Space Gardening: Growing Vegetables, Herbs & Flowers in a Limited Area.”

 If you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse and only have a small patio, balcony or veranda, take heart, you don’t need a lot of space to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit. You don’t even need a garden bed. If you have a few large containers, terra cotta pots, plastic pots, even large coffee cans along with soil, water, and sun, you can grow some tasty things.

Yeoman farmer Anthony Bracco will show aspiring gardeners how to achieve a bountiful yield of vegetables and herbs in a small growing space. He  will also discuss growing flowers, particularly varieties of flowers that help deter garden pests.

The talk will cover how to site, plan and construct a simple small space garden, and will discuss and demonstrate some of the hand tools and components necessary to accomplish the project.  Everything from soil preparation to harvesting, to care and maintenance of your small space garden year round will be covered.

In another program “ All About Rain Gardens” on April 20th at 1 am, you will take a basic dive into rain gardens, as spring is a perfect time to get them in the ground.

A rain garden is a shallow, landscaped depression that captures and treats stormwater runoff at the source, mainly from rooftops, but also from driveways, lawns, roads, and parking lots. It can be installed just about anywhere and can be incorporated into the existing landscape.

Usually planted with native plants, rain gardens often provide habitat for pollinators and food for birds while managing stormwater.  By capturing stormwater, rain gardens help to reduce nonpoint source pollution (i.e., road sediment/salt, fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria from pet waste, eroded soil, grass clippings, litter, etc.) and help to protect local waterways.

Dr Amy Rowe of Rutgers Cooperative Extension  will run through how to plan, design, install, and maintain this feature into your landscape,  that is not only good for the environment but also adds beauty to neighborhoods and provides wildlife habitat.


For both armchair and actual gardeners, leafing through the latest gardening books is one of the delights of the season, so here are some newish titles available with your Livingston Library card.

Please note that some of the titles were on order at the time of going to press.

Bulbs : Essential Know-How And Expert Advice For Gardening Success by Stephanie Mahon

The Comic Book Guide To Growing Food : Step-By-Step Vegetable Gardening For Everyone by Joseph Tychonevich

Companion Planting For Beginners : Pair Your Plants For A Bountiful, Chemical-Free Vegetable Garden by Brian Lowell

Containers In The Garden by Claus Dalby

Fearless Gardening : Be Bold, Break The Rules, And Grow What You Love by Loree Bohl

The Flower Yard : Growing Flamboyant Flowers In Containers by Arthur Parkinson

Four-Season Food Gardening : How To Grow Vegetables, Fruits, And Herbs Year-Round by Misilla Dela Llana

Gardening For Everyone : Growing Vegetables, Herbs, And More At Home by Julia Watkins

Grow Green : Tips And Advice For Gardening With Intention by Jen Chillingsworth

Grow Your Own Mini Fruit Garden : Planting And Tending Small Fruit Trees And Berries In Gardens And Containers by Christy Wilhelmi

100 Plants To Feed The Monarch : Create A Healthy Habitat To Sustain North America’s Most Beloved Butterfly : The Xerces Society

Other Resources

There are several gardening magazines available via Libby.

Kanopy has a number of films and documentaries on gardens from around the world and on gardening.

You can find courses on introductory gardening, vegetable and tropical gardening on Universal Class.

-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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