Posts Categorized: TPL Gardens

Do You Enjoy Tea?

The garden volunteers are at it again! There are bags of library-grown tea available for free to our patrons! Check out the basket next to our suggestions box! The following information is provided by Eli Arlen, a garden volunteer. Most of the plants are perennial, so you can grow and harvest your own tea year… Read more »

Our Garden is Yielding Results!

Below is an update by Jim Demosthenes about the gardens at Topsham Public Library. The gardens are maintained by a talented group of volunteers.  Our demonstration gardens behind the library are producing vegetables to help support food security needs in our community. Last October seed garlic was planted on the keyhole garden, a round mounded garden… Read more »

Unlocking the keyhole bed

By Jim Demosthenes, TPL garden volunteer and Master Gardener First made popular in Africa due to dry growing conditions, keyhole gardens are growing in popularity in other hot, dry geographic areas. From a view above, the garden is shaped like a keyhole because of a notch that is cut out of the round shaped bed… Read more »

What’s going on out there?

For obvious reasons, most gardeners don’t write much about their activities during the growing season, at least not this far north, where the summers are short and the winters long.  On this cold bright day in January I am thinking of last season’s gardens, as well as all that needs doing before spring.  The light… Read more »

You’re letting the flies eat the trees? On Purpose!?

That’s right! We’re just letting them…but for a very good reason. Last week, one of our garden fairies (volunteers) pointed out that we have dogwood sawflies munching on the dogwoods in the birdsong garden. Her research indicated that, if tolerable, it’s not a bad idea to let the sawflies be because they are a great… Read more »

TPL Garden Projects 2015: Children’s Garden Updates

‘Tis the season at the TPL Gardens. We have a number of continuing and new projects available for volunteer input . If you see a project you’d like to work on, please email tplgardens@googlegroups.com or contact the indicated contact person. Children’s Garden Project The Children’s Gardens are ongoing opportunities to contribute volunteer energy through garden maintenance or creative expression:… Read more »

TPL Garden Projects 2015: Edible Forest Garden

‘Tis the season at the TPL Gardens. We have a number of continuing and new projects available for volunteer input . If you see a project you’d like to work on, please email tplgardens@googlegroups.com or contact the indicated contact person. Edible Forest Garden: A new Master Gardener Project led by Sarah Wolpow and Dana Cary (729-4945). See this post for… Read more »

We got an Edible Food Forest Seed Grant!

Thanks to master gardener, entrepreneur, garden fairy, and all-around swell person Sarah Wolpow, TPL Gardens will receive a Norm Steele Memorial Seed Grant. Here’s Sarah’s grant application: MGSeedGrantForestGarden. She whipped it together in a couple days. Most impressively, I think the background portion can be used for future garden related grant applications.

Edible Forest Gardens

Sarah brought to the last meeting the idea of edible forest gardens. The basic idea is that since our ecology is suitable for forests, why not create gardens that are adapted to it and that also produce food  and ornamental crops. We have a few possible places where we could do this kind of installation:… Read more »