AVRL News: Planting for Easter
By Tim Jackson, Community Engagement Assistant with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (AVRL), and minor league gardener.
Spring is here and with it comes longer days, snow drops, daffodils, crocuses, and Easter with the bunny and decorated eggs. In my house, potting soil, heat mats, seed trays, pots, and seed packets are part of my Easter decorating.
Next to that first serenade from peepers, one of the best things about spring is seeing the first seedlings popping out of the soil and reaching for the sky. I always start too many, but that is part of the fun – you aren’t limited by your choices, and sharing the bounty with family and friends is always a bonus.
Seed catalogues and planting magazines make up a good part of my winter reading. Plus I’ve been going through my stash of seed packets and planning this year’s crops. My big plan for this year’s vegetable garden, is to try straw or hay bale gardening. It looks interesting and should cut down on the weeding and watering. Of course there are lots of different options, your conventional garden, containers, raised beds, cold frames, and more.
Flower, fruit, or vegetable – watching your gardens come to life with plants you nurtured from seed is well worth the effort. If you need some tips, check out the gardening section at your local library (that’s 635 in the non-fiction section). You’ll find plenty of great books, like these: Mini farming: Self-Sufficiency on a ¼ Acre by Brett Markham, Plants for Atlantic Gardens by Jodi DeLong, Gardening in Miniature by Janit Calno, or Seed Sowing and Saving by Carole Turner. Do a search for “gardening” in our online catalogue or visit a branch for plenty of great books!
Look for our Seed Library to be at two Valley libraries in May. Preserving and sharing seeds is also part of the fun and challenge. Plus you get to enjoy the fruit of your labour during those long winter months. Let’s get at’er! Happy Easter!