Lansdowne Living



Learn and grown with us!

FALL 2015



September 26th, 2015

  • Penn State Delaware County Cooperative Extension Garden Contest awards First Place for Teaching Garden to the Lansdowne Library.

    Presented to Sandra Samuel Giannella, Library Director and Mr. Emerson Tjart, Garden Instructor.




September 19th, 2015

  • See who we discovered getting comfortable in the garden...


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Garden History:

     In Spring 2014 the Library Garden, after initial attempts in 2013 to grow various plants on the Lansdowne Avenue side of library building, sent soil to the Penn State Extension Service for testing. An excess of calcium was severe and sulfate was needed to correct the soil for future gardening. After soil correction and the addition of worm casting compost (vermicomposting), the garden soil was significantly improved. Vermicomposting is the process of using worms and micro-organisms to turn brown waste (carbon based biodegradable waste, such as dry leaves, twigs and paper/wood fiber) and green waste (nitrogen based fresh or green materials, leftover fruits and vegetables, green plant cuttings and coffee grounds) into nutrient soil enriching humus. In spring 2015, we improved our vermicomposting ability using a Worm Farm consisting of 8 compost/feeding trays. The garden is part of our “Book Worms to Garden” offshoots: which we educationally STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into a successful garden both literally and figuratively, as our library logo illustrates, into a tree of knowledge stemming from a book. Red Wiggler vermicomposting evolved into the ‘Book Worms’to Compostto Garden to Harvestto Table: equals = the Cycle of Life Project


Reaching new ground in 2015, the initial garden experiment has evolved into the Lansdowne Library Flower & Vegetable Display Garden, providing programs to educate the community on how to grow organically.


Oddly enough, before I started working with Emerson Tjart in the library garden, I could fairly say I was guilty of horticultural homicide. I could kill plants just by neglectful indifference. Now, not only do I care about if “volunteer” plants thrive, but root for them to flourish. How wondrous in soil deeply prepared for planting and seeding, renegade marigolds and sunflowers are multiplying everywhere. I transplanted over hundreds of these botanical immigrants in rows that are now the glory of the garden.







Growing Apprentice Gardener:
Sandra Samuel Giannella,
Library Director