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NEW AT THE LIBRARY

ADULT BIOGRAPHY 42 Faith, Ed Henry Golden, Marcus Thompson II

ADULT FICTION Two From the Heart, James Patterson Walkaway, Cory Doctorow Falling Darkness, Karen Harper The Fix, David Baldacci Any Day Now, Robyn Carr Fast & Loose, Stuart Woods If I'm Found, Terri Blackstock Bad Blood, Nick Oldham The Devil's Triangle, Catherine Coulter Six-Gun Showdown, Delores Fossen Prussian Blue, Philip Kerr The Ebb Tide, Beverly Lewis Against the Edge, Kat Martin Miss Julia Weather the Storm, Ann B. Ross One Perfect Lie, Lisa Scottoline The Burial Hour, Jeffery Deaver The Ends of the Earth, Robert Goddard The Last Chance Olive Ranch, Susant Wittig Albert Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn The Stars are Fire, Anita Shreve Finding Gideon, Eric Jerome Dickey

ADULT NON-FICTION Climate of Hope, Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida Old School, Bill O'Reilly The American Spirit, David McCullough Living with Schizophrenia, Jeffrey Rado, MD and Philip Janicak, MD Reverse Heart Disease Naturally, Michelle Honda, PhD How to Build Your Own Web Site, Bruce Brown The Sleep Solution, W. Chris Winter, MD Hand to Mouth, Linda Tirado Born Anxious, Daniel Keating This Fight is Our Fight, Elizabeth Warren The Schmuck in My Office, Jody J. Foster When You Get to a Fork in the Road, Take It, Yogi Berra Janesville: An American Story, Amy Goldstein

JUVENILE FICTION The Boxcar Children: The Clue in the Papyrus Scroll, Dee Garretson and Jim Lee

ADULT AUDIO BOOKS No Man's Land, David Baldacci The Cutthroat, Clive Cussler Born a Crime, Trevor Noah Dodge City, Tom Clavin Banana Cream Pie Murder, Joanne Fluke Wait for Dark, Kay Hooper The Devil's Triangle, Catherine Coulter The Illusionist's Apprentice, Kristy Cambra

YA NON-FICTION The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens, Jennifer Shannon

YA FICTION The Vast and Brutal Sea, Zoraida Cordova

LOCAL HISTORY ROOM Lest It Be Forgotten: A Scrapbook of Campbell County Tales of the Hill City

Jay Stephens

Director

Halifax County South Boston Public Library

 

Plant A Flower Day at Town of Halifax Farmers Market

Garden Art Featured at Plant Sale

Garden art featured at Plant Sale

            The annual Southside Master Gardener Association Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Halifax County Extension Office, 171 S. Main Street, Halifax.  All types of plants will be available including annuals, herbs, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees.  The sale will also offer handmade garden art.

            Using old metal car parts and other pieces to make garden art is a great way to go green.  How creative to use horseshoes to make an owl’s eyes and an old garden rake for the wings.  With some horseshoes, a hammer, a couple washers and some rebar you have a dog that will never bite.  A cat was made with horseshoes, washers, locknuts, welding rods and rebar that will look lovely in the garden and will scare the mice and voles.  This is just a sampling of the garden art for sale at the Plant Sale.

            Hypertufa is the name of a process of making garden containers, ornaments, sculptures or stepping-stones using Portland cement, perlite and peat.  The process was developed as a substitute for volcanic rock called Tufa that was traditionally used to make Alpine troughs.  This

year, there will be draped and basket hypertufa as well as traditional hypertufa containers. Some hypertufa was shaped to resemble stones and dressed up as beneficial insects, another great addition to your garden.

            Naturally, there will be lots of plants, priced to sell and locally grown.  Stop by the Bake Sale table to purchase something to nibble on while walking through the sale.  Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions throughout the sale.  If you want more information or are interested in the Master Gardener program visit www.ssmga.org, like on Facebook, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

           

 

Caption for picture: These hypertufa lady bugs will brighten your garden and will be available for sale at the Master Gardener May 6th Plant Sale.  Many different types of locally grown plants will be for sale also.

 

Invite Worms to Work in Your Garden by Carol Nelson

INVITE WORMS TO WORK IN YOUR GARDEN

by Carol Nelson

            The annual Southside Master Gardener Association Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Halifax County Extension Office, 171 S. Main Street, Halifax.  All types of plants will be available including annuals, herbs, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees.  The sale will offer an educational exhibit on bucket vermiculture with pre-drilled worm buckets for sale.

            Gardeners are used to struggling with the heavy clay soil that is so common to the Piedmont and all through the coastal states. We dig and till it, amend it with leaves and fertilizers, but it takes years to develop a good deep layer of soil loose enough to produce healthy plants.

            Worms can help. Just by their action of tunneling, worms add air to compacted garden soil. Even better are the worm castings (or the stuff ejected from the south end of a worm heading north) that they produce. Worm castings are instant compost, rich in digested nutrients to feed hungry plants. A great way to increase worm activity and generate a lot of castings is to install worm buckets in garden beds.

            The idea is simple: drill ½-in access holes in 5-gallon plastic buckets and sink them in the ground, leaving about 6” above the surface. The buckets become mini-composters, filled with a starter mixture of shredded paper, a little aged manure, grass clippings, kitchen trimmings and a few sprinkles of water. The top goes on and within days worms will enter to go to work on all that food. Once or twice a week, more vegetable scraps, coffee grounds and weeds can be added. When it’s time to harvest the fluffy compost, feeding is stopped for a couple weeks to encourage the worms to move out long enough for the bucket to be scooped out. Worms will happily work all summer and then go back deep into the soil when temperatures dip.

            It’s important to note that worm buckets operate with common garden worms, unlike the larger vermiculture bins that rely on red wiggler worms. An advantage to having lots of smaller buckets scattered throughout the garden is that the native worms condition and improve the soil in their area. Red wigglers often don’t live through the winter unless you have space to bring them indoors. Other perks of worm buckets are their portability (take the fluffy compost where you need it) and their location right next to areas you may be trimming veggie leaves or weeding (pop the refuse right into the bucket).

            Master Gardeners will offer pre-drilled worm buckets at their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 6th, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of the Halifax Library on Main Street, Halifax. Come learn about adding these handy buckets to your garden. Worm “tea,” an organic brew that provides beneficial minerals such as nitrogen, calcium, magnesium and phosphate to plants, will be available. Worm tea has also been shown to be a natural fungicide and insect repellant that keeps away mites, aphids and white flies. Red wigglers will be available for those who prefer to set up traditional worm bins.  Stop by the Bake Sale table to purchase something to nibble on while walking through the sale.  Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions throughout the sale.  If you want more information or are interested in the Master Gardener program visit www.ssmga.org, like on Facebook, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Caption for picture: Bring more worms into your garden for better soil and healthier plants with these easy to use worm buckets.  These buckets and lots and lots of plants and garden art will be available at the Master Gardener Plant Sale on May 6th. 

 

Get Ready For National Library Week

GET READY FOR NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK!

Drawings at both branches for a box of new books.

National Library Week and Read bookmarks.

Stickers for the kids.

A special surprise contest, but you've got to visit one of the libraries to find out more.

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Jay Stephens

Director

Halifax County South Boston Public Library