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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Karen Benson, director of the Gravette Public Library, shows slides on garden design during an instructional program Thursday, Feb. 21, at the library. The evening's program on Square Foot Gardening was a followup to the library's second successful seed swap.

GRAVETTE -- Karen Benson, director of the Gravette Public Library, held a meeting at the library Thursday evening, Feb. 21, to provide information about gardening. She showed a series of slides on the Square Foot Gardening method developed by Mel Bartholomew and showing some of its benefits compared to traditional gardening. The slide show featured some information on preparing the garden spot, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting.

Benson also provided some instruction on garden design and on container gardening, including information about growing plants in buckets, bags and large garbage cans. She provided handouts with year-round planting charts and planting guides for spring and summer production. This information was provided by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the University's Division of Agriculture.

Several class participants asked questions at the close of the session and received answers to their individual gardening problems. Others gave suggestions for successful gardening techniques they had discovered.

Packets of vegetable, fruit and flower seeds were made available and several chose seeds to use in their home gardens. Seeds that were left over were donated to the staff at the Benton County Jail for use by female inmates who plan to plant and tend a garden at the jail this spring.

Community on 03/06/2019

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