Location the key when planting

Published 11:05 pm Friday, April 16, 2010

Whether planting organic or traditional foods and shrubbery, the most important aspect to consider is location.

Willie E. Hatcher, Regional Extension agent, and Bevelyn Anderson, employee of Four Seasons Garden Center, visited the library Thursday and Friday, respectively, to lead a seminar on gardening.

This is National Library Week and to celebrate, local organizations that promote healthy living, healthy bodies and healthy gardening led free seminars.

The first step in planting and gardening is to plan which items to plant.

“What does your family eat?” Hatcher said. “If you know something your family doesn’t like to eat, then maybe you can plant it for your neighbor or somebody else. But why plant something that you don’t or your family doesn’t eat?”

Both gardening experts suggested to purchase items from specialty places and to get good quality seeds, especially if you plan to eat the items grown.

“When you’re buying a plant, we tell you where to plant it,” Anderson said. “Then we let you know if it’s for full sun or shade because people go to a lot of big box stores and they buy stuff because it’s cheaper. They don’t tell them, which they don’t know, where to plant it, if it’s sun or shade and how much water to give it.”

Overall, the seminars from this week went well, according to Crystal Drye, circulation director.

“The speakers were excellent,” Drye said. More of these seminars will occur this summer.

Known as “hobby in the lobby,” Drye is always looking for new ideas for the events.

“If anybody has any ideas, let us know,” Drye said. “That is how we know what to bring to the library.”