We’ve Moved!

The TPL Gardens Blog has moved:
http://topshamlibrary.org/category/tpl-gardens/

Garden Blog posts will be part of the Topsham Public Library blog as their own category.

We got an Edible Food Forest Seed Grant!

Thanks to master gardener, entrepreneur, garden fairy, and all-around swell peson 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: bump out into the lawn, plant in the north edge of the woods, and/or down at the end of the scout trails.

We already have compost, space, and workable technique (hugel mounding). We would need volunteer effort and plant material.

Mid-canopy: persimmon, apple, pear, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts

Shrub-layer: choke cherry, choke berry, raspberries

Ground cover: solomon seal, ground nut, indian cucumber, rampion

Vertical Gardening and Other Gardening Ideas

I thought I’d post some links etc… to garden idea sites, one of which is our Pinterest site. You may have to join Pinterest to see it. Sorry. It can be sort of addictive.

Huge living wall. We won’t be doing this, but you get the idea.

Doable. Same Buzzfeed post as above.

Click the picture above for a Buzzfeed post on vertical gardens.

Vertical Gardening

Inspired by gardens she saw from her trip to Tuscany, Master Gardener Ann Marie Bartoo has proposed a vertical garden project for the TPL Gardens.

What’s a vertical garden? Here are some examples of vertical gardens and vertical garden elements.

Urban living wall

Vertical garden sample pix

Modular garden cylinders

Hanging gutter garden

Another living wall

Why do it? You can probably think of reasons on your own, but some that come to mind:

  • wicked cool looking
  • universal accessibility- no stooping necessary, wheelchair accessible
  • efficient and aesthetically pleasing use of space
  • possibilities for re-using/up-cycling materials.
  • modular and movable

TPL garden committee members can comment on this post or send Bernardo ideas. We’d like to build some systems over the winter and install them in the spring. Keep an eye out for this and other posts.

Master Gardener Volunteers

The Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Program has been crucial in supplying volunteers, know-how and inspiration to the Topsham Public Library Gardens. The project began by bringing community volunteers together around an Eagle Scout project to shape the Children’s Garden into a learning and event space that would extend the library’s mission to its outdoor property. Master Gardeners turned out to be the best volunteers because they could be counted on to contribute knowledge, ideas, and commitment as well as sweat.

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Sarah Wolpow started working at the TPL Gardens as a Master Gardener Volunteer. When she started her perennial garden design business SweetFern Perennial Garden Design, the library was her first customer.

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Her “lower” maintenance, low water, spiral design can be seen in the garden today.

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Echoes of the design, if not whole portions will be retained in the future plan. This one was also designed by Irene Barber, another Master Gardener Volunteer turned professional.

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More than ever, implementing our future designs for the garden will take careful planning, thought, and organization. More than ever, we are looking for Master Gardener Volunteers to share their skills and passion for cultivating gardens AND community.

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Please include TPL Gardens on your Saturday, May 17

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….to help us dig and have a good time this Saturday May 17th.

Volunteers are tremendously important to the TPL Gardens.  Saturday May 17, from 10AM until 1PM we are looking for energetic individuals to help us with a variety of duties.  We’re building different sorts of raised beds. We’ll need extra muscle power to dig, move soil, and shift pavers. The work will go quicker and be more fun the more people we have!

And for those of you that like the idea of doing something healthy – a couple hours of garden activity will burn a couple hundred calories.  Why not?  To sign up, please contact development@topshamlibrary.org or just show up with work gloves  in the Children’s Garden between 10AM and 1pm on Saturday May 17.