Public Gardens of Michigan

Are you a gardening buff? Check out our fabulous book Public Gardens of Michigan. This is a detailed book exploring the public gardens located here in our home state. If you want to plan day trips, and love looking at gardens, this book would be the perfect book for you.

Making Dirt

When I grew up, my family had a vegetable garden behind our house and we kept a compost bin for all of our food trash. After I got my own place, I felt guilty for throwing food into the trash, but the bins that I saw in stores were kind of pricey. So, when this past weekend turned out to be so warm and sunny, I went into the backyard and dug a pit for a compost heap. There are lots of variations on the compost bin, and all of them are very easy to do. Whether you are a gardener or just want to cut down on your trash output, here are some books to check out.
The Compost Heap
Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings
The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

But be sure to remember one thing that I forgot; if you dig a hole near a tree, you’re going to run into roots. Oops.

Start a New Hobby

It is that time of year again! Want to start a garden, and don't know where to begin? Well don't brush the idea aside, check out one or both of these books to get you started in gardening. 1001 hints and tips for your garden, and The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening. Take that first step, and you might find you have a new hobby for life!

How do you grow hope?

To find out, head over to Ypsilanti and the Growing Hope community garden project. Growing Hope is a grass roots organization that helps people in Washtenaw County help themselves by educating them on the fundamentals of organic gardening and access to healthy food. The Growing Hope Center on West Michigan Ave. is establishing a demonstration and training site for urban farming, sustainable gardening, and green building. Growing Hope also provides support to neigborhood gardens, several of which are going strong in Ypsilanti. They also work with schools on greenhouse and garden projects as well as encouraging young, potential "entrepreneurs," who learn about marketing the fruits of their labor. They work closely with the Ypsilanti's Farmer's Market in providing fresh food to the community. Check out their blog, the latest entry describing a workshop in Milan on "square foot gardening."

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Horticulture April 2009

Page 22 Mixed-Up Magic
Pick up some great ideas on how to mix spring bulbs and a perennial garden.

Page 36 Veg Out
Only have a small wedge of space in which to grow your veggies this summer? If you think you have to have lots of sun and a southern exposure to grow good veggies, you're wrong. All you need is at least 3 hours of sun a day for a great container vegetable garden.

An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

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Spring is here, it's time to garden! Learn the basics of growing your own food at the Traverwood branch this Thursday, March 26, 7 to 8:30pm when Melissa Kesterson from Project Grow visits the library to share her knowledge on topics such as learning how to identify the proper site for a garden, preparing the soil, laying out the garden space and planning your garden for the season.

Compost Extravaganza Sale

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Prices so low you won't believe your eyes! The City of Ann Arbor has slashed prices on bulk compost 50 to 75 percent from last year. That's right folks, they've got to clear out the Compost Center for the 2009 growing season. Your gardens and lawns are crying out for nutrients so head on over to the Wheeler Service Center and get going on a great deal.

Enchanted Spring, Fairies, Cicely Mary Barker & The Matthei Conservatory!

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We're all ready to get outside, but it's still a little too cold - so take your coat off and visit the Matthei Conservatory for the lovely, fun and springy Enchanted Spring Display celebrating Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies. Find fairies hidden in the conservatory, smell the hyacinth, dapple amongst the daffodils and other gorgeous spring bulbs all over the conservatory, and make a fairy sachet! Or make your own fairy container garden, and start some seeds for your own garden. This special display runs through March 31, for complete information on the display click here. And for complete details about the Matthei Conservatory including hours/location click here. On Wednesdays the Conservatory is open until 8:00 PM and admission is FREE! And don't forget that AADL has many of Cicely Mary Barker's Books Finally, make sure you visit the downtown library fairy door too!

Think local food

Interested in learning about local food and gardening resources or becoming more self-sufficient in your own food production and consumption? Then check out the new website of the Local Food Summit. The site features a calendar of gardening and food related events sponsored by such local organizations like Growing Hope, Leslie Science Center and Project Grow. The site also provides discussion forums on everything from books on farming, food issues, "edible" schoolyards and a local foods exploration group. As the weather, hard to believe, gets warmer, check out our great collection of gardening books including some on local food issues.

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Project Budburst: Tracking Climate Change In The Garden
Organic Gardening Magazine February/March 2009 Page 47
In the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads book "Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe" we learned about how amateur astronomers help professional astronomers. Similarly, gardeners can help scientists track climate change. Project Budburst is "a citizen's research program developed to monitor the ways in which climate change is impacting the leafing and flowering of hundres of plant species nation-wide."
Climate change : what it means for us, our children, and our grandchildren
Cool it : the skeptical environmentalist's guide to global warming
The Michigan gardener's companion : an insider's guide to gardening in the Great Lakes State

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