Every day it feels like spring is closer.
We have sunny mornings with singing birds, and plants are starting to poke up out of the earth. We can see grass again, which means it’s also time to start gardening. Gardening has many health benefits. Gardening sparks creativity.
It provides low impact exercise outside in the fresh air. It reduces stress and increases relaxation. It’s valuable time away from a screen and a truly productive way to unwind!
If you don’t have a garden, there are lots of great ways to grow seeds in containers on your balcony or porch. You can easily grow lots of different vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruits indoors, as long as you are able to create the right conditions for the plant to thrive. Lettuces are an easy, low-maintenance crop for pots, and you can have fresh, tasty salad ready whenever you want it.
One way to share seeds and to explore new plants is by sharing seeds. Seed libraries empower everyone to eat locally and healthily, and they help prevent waste.
We have a seed library at our Centennial Branch in Fort Erie.
Patrons can take seeds home to plant in their gardens. The seed library operates on the honour system to maintain a well-stocked collection of pure, healthy, viable seeds for the community to use. If you take seeds, you are asked to save please seeds from the plants you grow and return them in the fall.
Beginning seed savers can start with collecting seeds from “easy” plants (bean, pea, lettuce, and tomato) in their first year to ensure consistent results.
We encourage everyone to learn basic seed-saving techniques, but even if you don’t know how to save your own seeds, please don’t hesitate to use the seed library. Instead, donate a packet or two of fresh, commercially-grown, open-pollinated seed to help keep our library stocked.
We have lots of great gardening books in our collection as well. If you’re new to gardening, or you’d just like to learn a few new tricks, I’d recommend checking out the following excellent titles:
How To Cheat At Gardening And Yard Work: Shameless Tricks For Growing Radically Simple Flowers, Veggies, Lawns, Landscaping, And More by Jeff Bredenberg
Indoor Kitchen Gardening by Elizabeth Millard
In The Garden: Thoughts On Changing Seasons by Marjorie Harris
Laura Trabucco is the Community Engagement Librarian at Fort Erie Public Library. She loves Canadian Literature, crafts, and canoe trips. You can reach her any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.