“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
April is National Gardening Month. Did you know that the library has resources to help gardeners of all levels? Whether you have been gardening for years or you’re tempted to start learning, look no further than your Chandler Public Library for films, books, programs and much more!
If you have not checked out Kanopy yet, give it a shot! The Great Courses has a 24-episode series on the Science of Gardening and a 12-episode series on the Fundamentals of Sustainable Living, which features some great, informative content on growing your own food and living more sustainably. Simply use your valid CPL card to create an account, then you’ll get 10 credits per month to watch a variety of films and documentaries.
Even if you have never gardened before, you already know that our climate here in Maricopa County is unique. It’s definitely helpful to have resources that you can use as you learn how to grow a successful garden that will thrive no matter the time of year. We have compiled a list of helpful books to get you started, as well as a list for kids who might want to learn all about gardens!
Children might also be interested in DIY Online: Create a Mini-Garden. Miss Jen from the Chandler Basha Library has a Spring project that’s great for youth and teens where they can create their own unique, mini garden. Click the link to learn more!
Lastly, you might like to know that the Chandler Sunset Library now has a Seed Library! CPL cardholders can check out up to three packets of seeds per month and per household. When it’s safe to do so, stop by the Chandler Sunset Library, check out some heirloom seeds and if you can, donate seeds from your healthy harvests. Seeds will vary based on availability and season.
So, what are you waiting for? Get growin’!