Notes From the Garden
From Our Garden To Yours….
Are you looking forward to planting your garden? We at the Charlotte Seed Library are too! Maybe you’re still in the planning stage, or maybe you’ve already got your peas and spinach in the ground and are just itching for the weather to warm up enough for the beans to go in. Let’s meet upContinue reading “Garden Chat”
Vermont independent newspaper Seven Days showcased Charlotte Seed Library in Melissa Pasanen’s April 21 article: “Charlotte Library Educates on Heirloom Plants — and Lends Seeds”. Stimulated by our 2-part program in April discussing Vermont author Ellen Ecker Ogden’s book, The New Heirloom Garden, Melissa visited us to learn about what we do and why. She also interviewed EllenContinue reading “SEED LIBRARY IN THE NEWS”
What is an Heirloom Garden? Charlotte Seed Library and Charlotte Grange invite you to join Seed Library Coordinator Karen Tuininga and award-winning Vermont author and kitchen garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden, for a two-part presentation/discussion about gardening with heirloom varieties and saving their seeds. Based on Ellen’s 2021 book, The New Heirloom Garden (featuring designs, recipes and heirloom plantsContinue reading “The New Heirloom Garden”
Getting your seeds organized for this year’s vegetable garden? Some, like tomatoes, you’ll want to start now inside in your sunniest window or under grow lights; and some things like peas can go into the ground now, as soon as you can work the soil. Many, like beans and squash, get planted directly into theContinue reading “Join the Seed Library Network of Gardeners!”
February is Seed Fever month, when gardeners’ fingers start itching to touch soil and seeds. Garden plans swirl in our heads. We try to remember lessons learned from past gardens, and new ideas we want to try. We start to get serious about the design of this year’s garden, –what we’ll grow and where. NowContinue reading “SEED FEVER!”
Have you heard? We’re meeting up (via Zoom) this month for a group book discussion! The Seed Underground, by Janisse Ray Join Linda Hamilton, Charlotte Seed Library Co-Coordinator, for a 2-part discussion about this essential book. Acclaimed author Janisse Ray draws us into the issues and the urgency of protecting food sovereignty through seeds. SheContinue reading “Seed Underground Book Discussion”
Sweet Potatoes November’s Harvest of the Month is the delicious and nutritious sweet potato! Native to Central America, the sweet potato is not related to potatoes but instead is in the same family as morning glory. Sweet potatoes are very popular in the southern United States, and have been grown in that region since theContinue reading “VT Harvest of the Month November”
Join this online event – Thursday Nov 19, 2020, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM We’re heading into prime soup season! And what better way to celebrate the harvest than to enjoy the bounty of your own garden – or fresh local foods from our own local farmers – in a big pot of soup? ManyContinue reading “Soup Stories”
Monday, October 12, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on a trail in Charlotte Come and check out some of the most undervalued and least understood native and non native wild food and medicine that thrive in your local bio region and beyond. We’ll start with a walk and talk for about an hourContinue reading “Wildcraft Walk: Harvesting Food From the Natural World”
Where there used to be paved driveway along the east side of the Library is the site of the new Library Rain Garden! This large garden and its associated rain barrels will manage rain water coming off the Library roof and use it to nurture this area of moisture-loving plants, rather than speeding away toContinue reading “New Library Rain Garden Needs Your Help”
Sweet Peppers! Our friends at Vermont Harvest of the Month bring us this month’s “Harvest of the Month.” Enjoy some of these colorful, tasty gems while they last! Peppers are native to Central and South America and are among the first plants to be cultivated there. Pepper seeds dating back to 5,000 BC have beenContinue reading “September Harvest of the Month”
We speak often, at our events, about how we can be resilient gardeners and stand ready for whatever comes our way. From relatively small challenges (oh, here come the potato bugs again) to the big ones, it pays to think ahead and be prepared. This week, we’d like to tell you about an upcoming informativeContinue reading “Resilient Agriculture”
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