“Dig in” to more gardening through the Library’s continuing workshop series (Updated)

by beth on December 22, 2020

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Above: The Southborough Library is continuing its gardening workshop series with Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens. (see note about image credits*)

The Southborough Library is continuing to bring a free virtual gardening workshop series to the community. The “DIG IN! Garden Information Series” offers workshops twice per month. Each is presented by the Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens.

Anyone 12 years or older can participate over zoom, but pre-registration is required and limited. Four sessions were held in November and December. Now, four more are scheduled for January and February.

It doesn’t look like the first eight workshops were recorded to share on YouTube. So, I wouldn’t expect the next ones to be either.

That means, if you want to learn the gardening tips below, be sure to sign up using the the links below. (Although you can find a session of the composting workshop held in the Library in 2019, and other gardening related video links here.)

Each of the following upcoming sessions will take place from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on a Monday. Below are the Library descriptions (plus additional detail from BVVG): 

Herb Gardening – January 11th

Let’s face it…. store bought herbs, either fresh or dried, can really put a strain on your wallet. Why not grow your own?

Composting 101 – January 25th

Did you know you can recycle all your kitchen scraps and yard waste, and turn it into beneficial food for your plants?

Yep. We’ve got it all covered, from the “how to” to the “how much”.

The Pollinator Garden – February 8th

“Pollinators are the life blood for good production. We will explore ways to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial aspects to your garden.”

Raised Bed Gardening – February 22nd

Everything you ever wanted to know about raised beds, including how to build, fill, site, and plant them.

The series is funded by a $10,000 grant from Library Services & Technology Act distributed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The programming is just part of how the funds are being allocated. A press release also shares:

In addition to programming, the Southborough Library also plans to develop a new community garden on the front lawn of the library grounds. Initially starting out as a local Eagle Scout Project, the library’s community garden will help to augment the successful new initiative: the Library Seed Exchange. The library also hopes to have mobile “gardening kits” available to check out in Spring 2021.

You can read the full press release with more grant details here. For more details on the seed exchange, including how you can donate seeds to it, click here.

Registration is coordinated through the Southborough Recreation website.

Updated (5/24/21 8:24 am): I had initially included images from Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens’ Facebook posts about similar workshops they held. But I was contacted by a photographer (Andrew Gardner) who informed me that the image of the bee and flower I used for the Pollinator Garden event was cropped from his copyrighted photo. I apologize for the error. In case there were issues with any of the other photos, I removed all of them.

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