Summer garden class, seed swap returning to library Feb. 22

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CULLMAN, Ala.– Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Feb. 2, lending hope to an early spring. The Cullman County Extension Office and Cullman County Public Library main branch are planning ahead, hosting the popular class Planning and Planting a Summer Garden on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m., at the library’s main branch. A seed swap will take place at 4:30.

Gardening and planting experience, or lack thereof, shouldn’t dissuade any prospective green thumb from attending. Extension Office Coordinator Kira Sims will lead the class. “In the workshop, I will cover the basic steps to preparing for a summer garden including site selection, soil prep and crop selection,” she said. “Participants will walk away with practical knowledge to start a garden if they are a novice or tips on improving their garden if experienced. Growing guides and soil sample kits will be available for attendees.”

A community favorite, the seed swap will return to the library the same day, just in time for the program, and will begin 30 minutes before the class.

Library Circulation Manager Laura Benton said the seed swap had a huge following last year during the warmer months, so much so that it was brought back.

“We would like to invite patrons to bring seeds to swap to the library. They can be vegetable or flower seeds – even fruit, I suppose! We will have the seed swap available through the summer, probably going through August. We will provide seed envelopes to the patrons to divvy out their seeds and label,” she said. “The great thing about the seed swap is that it creates community. When one person shares a piece of their garden, they grow that garden all across the county. I just love that idea.”

The Planning and Planting a Summer Garden class is free and open to the public with no registration required.

The Cullman County Public Library main branch is located at 200 Clark Street NE and its hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

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