2010-02-18 / News

Gardening columnist to speak at library

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will present “Grow Your Own Garden This Year” with Roger Marshall on Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature a discussion and PowerPoint presentation on how, where and when to set up a vegetable garden. It will include seed starting, digging over a plot, manures and composts, planting out, staking plants and harvesting.

Marshall has gardened for more than 40 years, first in England and for the last 30 years in Rhode Island. In 1989, he obtained master gardener certification from the University of Rhode Island Extension Service. Virtually all of Marshall’s gardening has been organic, long before it was popular to do so.

Marshall designed and built his own house in 1980. In his spare time, he landscaped the entire yard and garden. He designed, created and now maintains numerous gardens ranging from traditional flowerbeds, perennial beds and a rock garden to a 2,500-square foot vegetable garden. He has also planted apple, peach, apricot, walnut, chestnut and pear trees.

In the 1980s, he built a 300- square foot heated greenhouse in which he has banana, orange, lemon, lime, key lime, figs and kiwi. In the 1990s, he built a second cold greenhouse in which he grows vegetables year round, including winter.

Marshall writes a regular gardening column for the Jamestown Press. He has also written “How to Build Your Own Greenhouse.”

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 423-7280 for more information.

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