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Deming Library hosts day of classes; starts Learning Garden

Mar 12th, 2014 | Category: News

A partnership between the Deming Library and Local Food Works has been germinating for several years. This spring, Library Manager Katrina Carabba and Local Food Works volunteers are taking their partnership one step further by working together to build a Deming Library Learning Garden, creating an outdoor space that will serve as a site for hands-on learning and meet the library’s mission to expand its community programming options.

The learning garden will be built in three phases over a period of two years: Phase 1 involves the installation of paths and planting of native plants and a blueberry patch; during Phase 2, raised beds will be installed in a ‘Children’s Garden’; Phase 3 will include the creation of an outdoor ‘Reading Room’ and additional native and edible landscaping.

The first hands-on gardening activity to be held at the library garden is a blueberry planting workshop with Stephanie Soicher from Mount Baker Berry Farm on March 22, as part of an all-day event of  free gardening workshops.

• Master Gardener Fruit Tree Grafting Class: Learn the skill of fruit tree grafting with Master Gardener experts. This class is hands-on. Each participant or family will receive two rootstock for grafting and planting in their home orchard. Rootstock for dwarf apple, mini-dwarf apple, and semi-dwarf pear donated by Friends of the Deming Library. Varieties of scion wood donated by Master Gardeners. Wear your gardening clothes. Limited space available for this free class; please register online at WCLS.org. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Worm Bin Composting: Join master composter Elsie Konzelman to learn the fine art of worm bin composting. Turn your food scraps and other organic material into a valuable soil amendment called vermicompost,or worm compost. On site demonstration. In partnership with Local Food Works. 1 to 2 p.m.

Planting a Home Blueberry Patch: Plant blueberries at the library with Stephanie Soicher from Mount Baker Berry Farm. Stephanie will cover the basics of starting your home blueberry patch from soil testing to irrigation. This class is hands-on; please bring your boots and gloves. During the workshop, organizers and participants will be planting 20 blueberry bushes donated by Mount Baker Berry Farm. In partnership with Local Food Works. 2 to 4 p.m.

The Deming Library is located at 5044 Mt. Baker Highway in Deming. Call (360) 305-3600.

–Marjie Bell


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