Spring doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks, but it is never to early to start planning your garden for the upcoming season! Get ahead of the game, and be ready to plant when the time comes. Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb, let the following resources help and guide you:
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Finder: Not every flower, tree, shrub or vegetable grows well in your area. The USDA designates plants using a “plant hardiness zone” which indicates what kind of temperatures and date of frost plants can tolerate. Check this out to find out what kind of plants do well in your region and when the best time to plant them is!
Cornell Cooperative Extension: The Cornell Cooperative Extension works with Cornell University to bring information to individuals, in order to increase economic viability, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. You can frequently find their representatives at local farmers markets, libraries, and other public events, to provide information to the public. They also provide a wonderful variety of online resources to help you with your yard and garden:
Library Books on Gardening: The Westchester Library System has over 3,000 books on gardening! Find them here, and refine your search for your specific needs by trying search terms like “vegetable”, “shrubs”, “trees”, “annual”, or “container.” The library system also offers lots of great gardening eBooks through our Total Boox service, available for your tablet or mobile device (and these eBooks don’t expire, so you can keep them for tips all season!).
Local Gardening Classes: Feel like you need some more hands on help to get you started? Roots & Wings, a sustainable living initiative in Dobbs Ferry, provides many free classes on organic gardening, composting, pest control, and more, at their Kitchen Garden in Dobbs Ferry.
HELP THE LIBRARY CLEAN UP THE LIBRARY GARDEN!!!! There will be a community clean-up to prepare the library’s garden for the upcoming season on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Open to adults, families, and teens seeking community service hours! Please register here to help, or contact Liz Anastasi (914)-721-8192) for more information.