A re-developed Children’s Garden outside the Corrales Library will feature donated artwork along with vegetables, fruit and berries.

Volunteers with Sandoval County Master Gardeners have begun the project in front of the library’s south wall. “Local artists are being asked to contribute artwork to enhance the garden area on the southeast corner of the library,” Master Gardener John Thompson said. “Master Gardeners and the library are seeking funding for the irritation, tables and purchase of plants.

“Work has already started on clearing the site and building raised beds that will be planted this spring.”

Organizers said the emphasis is on edible plants, fruits and berries. Along the fence on the south side of La Entrada Park, fruit trees and berry-bearing plants will be transplanted.

In recent years, a pollinator garden was installed along the east wall, outside the Teens’ Room.

Ahead of spring, the Master Gardeners are offering on-line classes on topics that include how to solve difficult gardening problems. To register, see sandovalmastergardeners.org.

Scheduled for March 25 at 10 a.m. is “Alternative Gardening Techniques. Three Sandoval Master Gardeners  will discuss the alternative gardening techniques they use to grow vegetables. Presenters will talk about benefits and disadvantages of each as well as tips for getting started.

On April 22 at 10 a.m. the topic is “What Works,”  a roundtable discussion on solutions to such difficult gardening problems as squash bugs and curly top virus.

Among gardening topics available on-line through Sandoval Country Master Gardeners are the following: home composting basics, seed starting, amending desert garden soil, companion plants for vegetable gardens, watering healthy trees and preparing for drought.

Also offered are: roses in the desert, management of common garden pests, houseplants and raised bed gardening.

Those and other topics can be found at sandovalmastergardeners.org.

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