Spring is officially here in the Northwest! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and pollen is flowing with wild abandon (usually right into my eyes, it seems). Yet despite all the beauty outside the window, we are still under a statewide stay at home order. So what to do? Well, garden, of course! Gardening is a perfect outdoor activity to get some sun and maintain safe social distancing. Whether you have a full garden, a few planters on the deck or are just curious about testing the greenness of your thumb, we have several ebooks for you to dig into.
Ask Ciscoe: Oh, La La!: Your Gardening Questions Answered by Ciscoe Morris.
In this book, Northwest gardening legend Ciscoe Morris answers hundreds of gardening questions ranging from soil nutrition, what to plant and when, pruning, what insects to be concerned about (and which to encourage) and more, all with his trademark quirky sense of humor. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced gardener, there are tips for everyone. Ciscoe even starts the book off by writing “The real plant expert is the person who has murdered the most plants. That makes me uniquely qualified to write this book.” An accessible read for anyone with an interest in the world of backyard horticulture.
Many of us city dwellers simply don’t have the space to do a full garden, but the Field Guide to Urban Gardening offers tips and tricks for growing your own greens in small spaces. From container gardening to raised beds, indoor growing options to rooftop gardens (I suspect my landlord wouldn’t appreciate that last one much) this book has tips and tricks for any living situation. Living in a second story apartment with limited patio room, I especially appreciated the container gardening and space saving tips this book had to offer.
The DIY crafts movement has been growing for years, but now that we all have found ourselves with some unexpected free time and a need to take our minds off things, it’s become more popular than ever (by the way, have you checked out our Creativebug portal?). This book provides creative tips and ideas to improve your garden.
Grow Food For Free by Huw Richards
There is nothing like eating the first ripe tomatoes off the vine after months of work. Huw Richards’ Grow Your Own Food For Free is all about how to grow sustainable – and affordable – gardens. Richards gives not just plentiful gardening advice but also tricks he’s learned to grow bountiful gardens on a budget by being resourceful and creative. He offers tips on seed saving and what you might already have in the fridge that can be planted (which is pretty timely advice, trying to get my hands on some of the seeds I want to plant this season has been about as hard as finding toilet paper), how to improvise a raised bed if building a ‘proper’ one isn’t exactly in the budget, and a lot of other great advice.
Did you know the library also offers digital access to Organic Gardener magazine through Flipster? Each issue is packed with gardening tips and tricks and you can have instant access to for the current month, as well as several years of back issues to branch out into.