Daily Archives: May 17, 2012

How Green is Your Thumb?

…and may we borrow it?

This summer, nine of the CLP branches (Carrick, Homewood, Knoxville, Lawrenceville, Mt. Washington, Sheraden, Squirrel Hill, West End, and Woods Run) are planting herb gardens – plus Lawrenceville is operating a seed library – all thanks to a generous grant from the Mary Jane Berger Foundation.

So far, each of the participating branches have been subject to soil testing to determine the best plants for that location and have consulted with the fine folks at Phipps on where to start digging. Quite soon, we’ll break out the roto-tillers and get our hands dirty. Sound like a good time? Get in contact with a branch near you to volunteer. We’ll be happy to have you. If you don’t have time to dedicate to the gardens on a regular basis, you can jump in on the many gardening programs that are being planned. My branch has plant swaps, terrarium building and seed bomb-making on the calendar!

In the meantime, check out a few herb gardening books from the catalog:

 Community Gardening: A PHS Handbook – editor, Jane Caroll

Herb Gardening From the Ground Up : Everything You Need to Know About Growing Your Favorite Herbs -Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan

 Jekka’s Herb Cookbook – Jekka McVicar

The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs: Growing, Health & Beauty, Cooking, Crafts


– Jess


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