Teens all over the city are getting their hands dirty at the library!
Library Teen Advisory Groups (TAGs) are building square foot and container gardens at their local libraries where they will grow a wide variety of vegetables over the summer.
The teens will learn how to plant healthy vegetable beds as well as have a hands-on workshop to explore sustainable gardening practices. From designing slow-drip watering systems to learning how to harvest, the teens will learn new skills and have a chance to cultivate their own green thumbs!
Bayside Area Library teens had a beautiful, sunny day to plant their square foot garden.
Members of the MEO Central Library TAG helped to plant seeds in eight recycled book bins. To save on the amount of dirt and to stretch supplies throughout the library system, recycled bottles and cans were placed in the bottoms of the bins to act as filler and as a water collection/filtration system. The seeds planted include include radish, cucumber, beans, basil, parsley, turnips, summer squash, Swiss chard and carrots. Marigolds were planted in some of the bins to add color and greenery to the early stages of the garden. Pea pod plants originally started in a preschool storytime class were also planted to add vibrancy. The bins are located in one of Central Library’s courtyards near the public computers so that customers will be able to keep track as the plants grow!
Princess Anne TAG braved a downpour as they planted their last two bins in their square foot garden. Still a good time was had by all.
Be sure to browse the photos in the above gallery. We'll continue to update photos and news about the teens' gardens at these and other libraries as they grow!