Happy New Year Gardeners!
The Alachua County Library District's seed library is celebrating the New Year by welcoming a new library location to the fold. The staff at the Newberry branch library have been trying out seeds with their users and now, with a fresh donation of expired seeds from Home Depot (Thank you Home Depot!) they will officially begin offering a full variety of vegetables and flowers. Welcome Newberry branch library!
If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution why not start with seeds from your closest seed library? We now have seeds at ten library locations: Headquarters, Alachua, Archer, Cone Park, Hawthorne, High Springs, Millhopper, Micanopy, Newberry, and Tower Road. Try something super easy if you’re new to gardening. Cherry bell radishes do well in our area and are great for kid garden projects. If you’re short on space consider some basil and dill for the windowsill.
IFAS suggests planting the following veggies in January:
(Easily survives transplanting)
- Brussels sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Kale, Kohlrabi
- Swiss chard
(Survives Careful Transplanting)
- Onions (bunching, shallots)
- Peas (English)
More information including soil recommendations, recommended varieties, spacing, and so much more can be found on the IFAS Vegetable Gardening Guide.
If you’re on Facebook check out the Grow Gainesville and Gainesville Ornamental Gardeners groups. Both are full of local gardeners with years of experience eager to share their knowledge. If you prefer picking up a book, check out these recent additions to our collection.
The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest by Ann Accetta-Scott
The Lifelong Gardener by Toni Gattone
New Gardener's Handbook by Daryl Beyers
Organic Gardening for Everyone by CaliKim
Happy New Year and Happy Gardening!