Well, Spring is finally here! The time of year when many of our thoughts turn to the garden. Nothing heralds in the season like seed catalogues, plant sales, new tools, and a sunny warm day.
My first love was the vegetable garden. The excitement of planning out the year's harvest, waiting for that last full moon so that frost wouldn't kill my tender plants - that feeling never grows old. Which variety of potato or carrot would we try this time? Remembering to back off on the turnips so we won't be over-run at harvest time. Recalling the taste of new peas right off the vine.
Growing your own food is a rewarding project for anyone, from the experienced to the novice. With so much awareness of what is in our food and the local food movement growing every year it's no surprise that vegetable gardening is becoming a must-try for every household. Whether you plant in containers, raised beds or full size gardens, being able to watch something go from seed to table is an amazing reward.
When I first joined the library system I came in contact with a different kind of gardening. Flower gardening was the favourite pastime for many of my fellow library employees, with supporters of both perennials and annuals. This gave me a well rounded introduction to this type of gardening. After lots of advice and starter plants it was not long before I became a convert to the flower garden as well.
To sink your hands into the earth and create beautiful landscapes that are pleasing to the eye and soothing to the soul is an experience like no other. You can stroll through your garden and watch as each week something else comes into bloom, colour and scent changing the picture over and over again. The same principle applies: you can plant in containers, raised beds or full sized gardens with flowers too.
So think about gardening. Feed your mind with flowers and feed your body with vegetables. Gardening is the ultimate hobby. Young or old, big or small, anyone can garden. Whether you just pot a couple of geraniums for your patio or plant an acre of potatoes you will be better off for it.
For tips and ideas check out our catalogue for books like this
Grow cook eat : a food lover's guide to vegetable gardening
Gardener's color palette : paint your garden with 100 extraordinary flowerchoices
Dig in --
Patricia Milner, Head of Reference Services