Welcome to the J.V. Fletcher Library Garden! We have a fantastic library garden on the side lawn that consists of 10 large grow bags that were installed by Fresh Start Food Gardens. We will have monthly garden update programs as follows:
- Wednesday, May 25 at 4 PM
- Wednesday, June 22 at 4:00 PM
- Wednesday, July 20 at 10:00 AM
- Wednesday, August 24 at 10:00 AM
Please feel free to drop into these informative updates that will include discussion, more planting, and harvesting.
Garden Chores – How You Can Help
We need your help to maintain these gardens. Come to the children’s desk whenever you have free time and would like to spend some time in the garden and ask for a chore card. You select the chore you want to do and head out side. Chores include:
- Water bags 1-3, 4-6, or 7-10
- Bug check bags 1-3, 4-6, or 7-10
- Check for and capture gnomes from bags 1-3, 4-6, or 7-10
You can check out a watering can from the children’s desk and fill it at the rain barrel outside by the garden. Or, you can check out a magnifying glass to check the bags for any bugs; maybe take a picture to show us. And finally, we are worried we might have a gnome problem (like the Weasleys) but instead of flinging the gnomes, we want you to get a bag from us and capture them, returning them to the desk in the bag.
How Did it Start?
This project started in early April with the crew from Fresh Start Food Gardens scoping out the best placement for the grow bags. Once they did that, they dug out the soil in a ring and filled the rings with gravel. The bags sit in the middle of these rings and the gravel makes it easier for our lawn maintenance to weed whack around the bags without hitting the bags.
April Vacation Garden Kickoff
We had a great kick off program during April vacation week when several garden friends showed up to help fill and plant the grow bags. Our initial plantings included potatoes, peas, carrots, lettuce, chard, and kale.
Enjoy this gallery of photos of our helpers filling buckets with mixed garden soil, adding the soil to the planters, planting with Christine, and watering the bags.
Here are pictures of the first plantings in the garden.