The library is very fortunate to partner with the Extension Master Gardener program at UVM. A wonderful group of volunteers led by Susan Adams plants and maintains our gardens. The library is an approved Master Gardener site so people needing to complete their hours of community service for certification can volunteer here! The vegetables grown are donated to local food shelves and to Jeri Hill Independent Living complex.
For more information on the UVM Extension Master Gardener program follow this link: http://www.uvm.edu/mastergardener.
For information about volunteering to help in our gardens contact the library.
Master Gardener’s Update — May 24, 2023
by Suzanne Freitas
The Master Gardeners have been busy with Spring Cleanup. It’s an exciting time of year. We have cleaned out the garden storage shed and taken stock of tools and plant supports. The library’s vegetable garden has been tilled by hand and the Pole Beans have been set up. Peas and carrots were planted during the week of May 24th. The potatoes and squash were planted on June 1st.
It is important at this time of year to keep an eye on the weather. Even if the weather is warm, if you plant too early, unexpected frosts will kill tender plants. A good rule of thumb is to wait until Memorial Day to plant annuals and tender seedlings.
This year the Master Gardeners are being very careful regarding Jumping Worms. The gardeners wash their tools in warm soapy water after working in the garden. This will help prevent the spread of Jumping Worms.
We are also preparing the Harry Potter theme garden. Our version of Herbology class will label and identify herbs and perennials used for health benefits. If you are visiting the library, please take the time to visit the gardens. You will be surprised and delighted.