April Showers bring May Flowers
The April showers finally arrived, and trees, plants and flowers are blooming everywhere. Leaf blowers are going non-stop as everyone scrambles to get their yard ready for planting those beautiful annuals and perennials that can be found at garden centers, supermarkets and plant sales. I always feel very ambitious when all those plants appear, but often I find myself a little overwhelmed with the work that they entail. If, like me, you need a little help with your gardening skills, be sure to check out one of the gardening DVDs we have at the Westport Library.
73 Skills to Create your Dream Garden is a good choice with which to start. This comprehensive DVD has three hours of information organized into 12 chapters. Professional horticulturist Gord Nickel covers lawns, shrubs, annuals, perennials, roses and lots more in this DVD, perfect for both new and experienced gardeners. Landscaping and Landscape Plant Selection, Soil Preparation and Planting are two additional DVDs that will give you the basics of planning a garden including the design, what to plant and how to prepare the soil for planting.
Master Gardener Rebecca Kolls, from the TV show Rebecca’s Garden, has a series of six DVDs covering topics that range from Basic Gardening to Herb Gardening. These are easy to follow with lots of detailed instructions. And of course, for even more information on flowers, herbs, vegetables and more, be sure to check out Martha’s Spring Gardening, featuring our own former Westport resident, Martha Stewart. When Ms. Stewart lived in Westport her own home garden was often featured on her television show, and in this DVD she shares her expertise as she takes us on a very thorough tour of her Westport home and garden.
So dig in – get out those gardening tools and gloves – Spring is here!