Library good first step to a fruitful garden

Originally published in the News-Leader (Nixa and Ozark editions) on 3/2/2011
By Katy Pattison

It's almost spring, but if you're a gardener, you've probably already spent weeks dreaming, seed catalog in hand, of how to turn your outside space into the garden you want, moving grass and trees, fruits and vegetables, shrubs and flowers about on paper.

Now is the perfect time for drawing garden plans and figuring costs. The Christian County Library has the resources to make your garden planning fun and fruitful.

Looking to create a space-saving garden? "All New Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew covers efficient and simple techniques for making the most out of a small garden space with the least amount of work, including raised beds and vertical gardening techniques.

If your garden is already established and you're looking for some easy projects to enhance it, check out "Easy Garden Projects to Make, Build and Grow" by Barbara Pleasant. It discusses tips and tricks for saving time while gardening and creating garden improvements from items you likely have on hand.

Organic gardening techniques are a popular topic. For an easy overview on creating, cooking and preserving from an edible organic garden for small spaces, try "Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces" by Gayla Trail.
Want a classic and comprehensive tome on organic vegetable gardening? "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible" by Edward C. Smith describes raised-bed techniques, soil quality, companion planting, crop rotation and more with plenty of pictures to supplement Smith's information.

This is just a sampling of the hundreds of gardening books available with your library card. Need information on seed saving? Growing perennials? Landscaping? It's all available at your library. You can even place materials on hold through our website and have them delivered to the Nixa Community Center, Clever Public Library, or J&M Foods in Sparta for pick up.
Can't make it to the library or our pick-up locations? Use your library card online to access a collection of more than 100 journals in our database, Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture collection. Here, you'll find more than 3 million articles focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping and other areas of horticulture for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike. To search it, visit our databases page at

Visit the Christian County Library online at for more information, or call us at 581-2432.

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