Starting a vegetable garden keeps you on track to a healthier lifestyle and can save you money as well. The month of April is the optimal time to get a start on your vegetable garden. Before you get your hands dirty, why not come into a branch or explore our online gardening resources?
It's not too late to start a vegetable garden. Check out what to plant now via the Farmer's Market almanac planting calendar. North Carolina State University offers an extensive beginner's guide to vegetable gardening, as well.
Beginners will want to enroll in our free Vegetable Gardening 101 class, offered through Universal online resource. After you complete the course, you'll be able to tell the difference between cabbage and collards in no time!
Our shelves are just blooming with helpful titles to get you started. Dig into one of the guides we've chosen below:
- The Year-round Vegetable Gardener.
- The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible.
- Growing Perfect Vegetables.
- The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables.
- Mother Earth News Guide to Vegetable Gardening.
For those of us with smaller spaces or who do not want the commitment of a full-scale garden, try one of these selections:
- Edible Spots & Pots.
- Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden.
- Vertical Vegetable Gardening.
- Fresh Food from Small Spaces.
Children will benefit by learning where their vegetables come from, as well as having a good excuse to play in the dirt! Get a head start on healthy eating habits with these garden-themed books:
- When a city girl meets her country grandmother, she learns that all of her food doesn't come from the grocery store in Gerda Miller's How Does My Garden Grow?
- The Family Kitchen Garden by Karen Liebreich and A Backyard Garden for Kids by Amie Jean Lavett both offer kid-friendly garden projects as well as vegetable and plant guides.
Mark your calendar for a container gardening program at our Matthews branch May 26th! However, if gardening doesn't sound like your type of hobby, why not head to our Davidson branch for a bee-keeping program April 26th?
Get the benefits of locally grown vegetables without the hassle of gardening when you visit a farmer's market! The Matthews Farmers Market is within walking distance of our Matthews location, and the West Boulevard location is just a short drive away from the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. The Davidson location is also close to a seasonal market.