How Does Your Garden Grow?

Starting a vegetable garden keeps you on track to a healthier lifestyle and can save you money as well.  The month of April is the optimal time to get a start on your vegetable garden.  Before you get your hands dirty, why not come into a branch or explore our online gardening resources?

It's not too late to start a vegetable garden.  Check out what to plant now via the Farmer's Market almanac planting calendar.  North Carolina State University offers an extensive beginner's guide to vegetable gardening, as well. 

Beginners will want to enroll in our free Vegetable Gardening 101 class, offered through Universal online resource.  After you complete the course, you'll be able to tell the difference between cabbage and collards in no time! 

 Our shelves are just blooming with helpful titles to get you started.  Dig into one of the guides we've chosen below:

For those of us with smaller spaces or who do not want the commitment of a full-scale garden, try one of these selections: 

Browse the latest issues of Kitchen Garden and Mother Earth News from your tablet or cell phone for information on do-it-yourself irrigation and vertical garden tips. 

Children will benefit by learning where their vegetables come from, as well as having a good excuse to play in the dirt!  Get a head start on healthy eating habits with these garden-themed books:

Mark your calendar for a container gardening program at our Matthews branch May 26th!  However, if gardening doesn't sound like your type of hobby, why not head to our Davidson branch for a bee-keeping program April 26th?

Get the benefits of locally grown vegetables without the hassle of gardening when you visit a farmer's market!  The Matthews Farmers Market is within walking distance of our Matthews location, and the West Boulevard location is just a short drive away from the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market.  The Davidson location is also close to a seasonal market.

For more gardening information and inspiration, visit our catalog or view staff recommendations.  Happy gardening!