50 Little Fun Facts About Little Free Libraries

Adorable little neighborhood libraries are fruitful and multiplying – have you noticed?  Go ahead, open one up and peak inside.  If you find something interesting, you can take it.  Those books are meant to be shared.  And this trend is about more than just books.  It’s also about creativity, serendipity, and creating community – not to mention a folk art revival.  You’ll better understand the little library craze by reviewing the 50 fun facts below.

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Garden Glossary 101

Sure, you know the difference between an annual and a perennial.  But can you identify the suckers, thugs, and leggy plant growth in your garden?  Are you a nemophilist?  Do you suffer from O.W.D.?  Are guerrilla gardeners a threat to your community?  Browse through this glossary to test your knowledge of garden-related terms and jargon.

Acid (“sour”) soil has a pH lower than 7.0

Aerate – loosen or puncture soil to allow air circulation and increase water penetration



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Garden Arbors and Arches 101

WHAT IS A GARDEN ARBOR?

An arbor is a vertical garden structure that can support climbing plants.  Arbors can be narrow or broad, freestanding or attached (to a house, fence, etc.).  Arbors are typically constructed of weather-resistant wood.  The word arbor also refers to a shady recess that is naturally formed by tree branches.

“Every garden should have an arbor,” goes the saying.       (image source)

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Guerrilla Gardening 101

Guerrilla Gardening – what is it?

Briefly, it’s planting without approval on land that you don’t own (usually in an effort to beautify neglected public spaces).

It sounds threatening.  Does it have anything to do with warfare?

“Guerrilla” — Spanish  for “small war” – often conjures up images of threatening armed warriors, but fear not — there’s nothing violent or threatening about guerrilla gardening.  Broadly speaking, the word “guerrilla” refers to a tactic that is unconventional, independent, surprising, and under the radar of the authorities.  Anything can be done in a “guerrilla” (i.e. independent) fashion, such as marketing, education, and journalism.

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Composting 101

What is compost and what is it used for?

Compost is a nutrient-rich soil amendment resulting from the decomposition of organic matter (such as leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps).  It is used to increase the overall health of your garden.

Are compost and fertilizer the same?

There are many types of fertilizer, both organic and inorganic.  Compost is one type of organic fertilizer.


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