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CARTHAGE — With spring only weeks away and seed catalogs arriving in the mail, it’s time to start thinking about planting a garden.

To facilitate this springtime activity, the Carthage Free Library plans to offer a gardening seminar to help gardeners through the planting season with Tuesday Talks, as well as a big event Saturday.

“Through talking with library patrons, our staff found that people were looking for gardening tips specific to our area,” library director Linda McCullough said. “We have a lot of people new to the area, plus long-term residents looking to try new plant varieties or types of gardening they have never tried before. We hope to find out some interesting new ideas.”

The Saturday event will feature displays from local garden businesses and organizations that will have representatives available to talk informally with visitors about gardening suitable for north country weather and soils.

Master gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension will share expertise and information on vegetable and flower gardening.

According to Extension horticulture Educator Susan J. Gwise, master gardeners are volunteers who undertake 13 weeks of training through the Extension to aid nonprofit organizations and work on community beautification projects.

She said there are 30 master gardeners in Jefferson County.

Charlotte Everett of Happy Returns/Cherie’s Gardens, Carthage, will talk about the health benefits of eating micro-greens. She will show how to grow micro-greens and have samples for tasting.

She also will talk about hydroponic gardening and demonstrate a self-watering greenhouse in which greens can be planted.

She will give away seeds that children can grow as a Mother’s Day gift.

Jamie Peck of Frog Hollow Farm, Natural Bridge, will talk about her farm and experiences growing hops for brewing.

A “Kid’s Table” will offer children gardening and nature activities.

Saturday’s event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library, 412 Budd St.

“Tuesday Talks” will be offered at 6:30 Tuesday evenings in March.

Starting on March 4, Mrs. Gwise will speak about vegetable gardening. Information will include soils that are best for different vegetables, the varieties that grow well in this area, techniques for preparing the garden for plants, use of fertilizers, insect and disease control and ways to grow specific vegetables.

Mrs. Gwise returns March 11 to cover similar topics concerning perennial flower gardening.

Cliff Hebert of Hebert’s Rock Gardens will talk about growing flowers for rock gardening, flower beds and vegetables on March 18.

For more information on the gardening programs, call the library at 493-2620.

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