GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN THANKS TO SEED LIBRARY INITIATIVE

GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN THANKS TO SEED LIBRARY INITIATIVE

Now is the perfect time to get out in the garden and start planting!

Did you know that at Calliope Library your library card not only allows you access to books, but it will also allow you to borrow seeds? The “Let it Grow” project enables library members to borrow a packet of seeds, grow them, harvest them, and eat what they have grown. The idea is then to “return your loan” and bring back any seeds produced through this process.

Gladstone Regional Mayor Matt Burnett said the project provides the opportunity for the community to learn, create, connect and exchange via a range of means. “This is a great initiative and one that the whole community can be a part of.”

Spring is a great time to plant seeds to grow flowers such as Gardenias, Alyssum, Begonias, Cosmos, Marigolds, and Petunias. As for fruit and vegetables, Spring is a great time to sow seeds for Rocket, Spring Onion, Leek, Capsicum, Tomatoes, Pumpkin, and Zucchini to mention a few. Herbs such as Parsley, Dill, Coriander, and Thyme are also great to grow at this time of the year.

Before planting, it is essential to prepare your soil well. You can do this by digging in compost or manure to give the plants nutrients as they grow. Also, make sure you keep the soil moist. Covering the earth with mulch will also help to retain moisture.

Happy gardening!