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And right now, it's harvesting time at Toledo Heights.
The Toledo Heights Branch has basil, peppermint, green beans, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes, all ready to be picked. Plus, we are growing carrots that will be ready mid-fall. There are also community gardens at Birmingham, Lagrange, Locke, and Maumee branches.
The community garden is a great learning tool for kids. It shows them where vegetables come from and how they grow. And there are even fun activities you can do with the plants. The basil and peppermint are both naturally fragrant, but if you rub the leaves, the scent gets more intense. Why is that? It's because crushing the plant releases the essential oils. Can you spot pollinators in our garden? Even late into the season, small insects are getting pollen from the blooms on the basil and peppermint.
While you are at the Library picking up materials, pick some veggies too. You can also pick up these books to incorporate with the garden:
Grow What You Love is a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add to the flavor and variety of fresh produce choices throughout the year.
After working hard on his garden all spring and summer, Rabbit looks forward to harvest time when he can make soup, but every carrot disappears, and Rabbit must find out who has taken them.
A father and son spend a hot summer day together gathering vegetables and herbs, making pizza dough and sauce, and playing while their pizza bakes in the oven.
Purple, yellow, orange, and red. Just the right mix of colored vegetables make a delicious soup in this tasty introduction to colors, counting, and veggies.
Sophie lives in the city, and her vegetables come from a supermarket. Then she goes to visit her grandparents in the countryside and soon discovers how much there is to learn about how things grow!