LTPL Grows Initiative
LTPL Grows is an initiative that began with our Seed Sharing Library in 2013 and was followed by our Demonstration Garden in 2014. We have programs all year round that include all aspects of gardening, preserving, foraging, herbs, permaculture, beekeeping and indoor growing. We house an excellent collection of books and DVDs about gardening, cooking, and living sustainably. If you are a gardener, or want to become one, please visit the Lyon Township Public Library. Whether you have acres of land or a balcony, we are here to help you get growing!
The Lyon Township Community Garden
The Lyon Township Community Garden is located in front of Abbey Park at Mill River, 28413 Abbey Lane, New Hudson, MI 48165. It is an organic garden and is provided at no charge to Lyon Township Residents who have no garden space of their own. Gardeners must agree to abide by the Lyon Township Community Garden Rules.
The garden is managed as a joint effort by the Lyon Township Public Library and Lyon Township. The Township supports the garden by providing the garden space, mowing the pathways and perimeter, tilling in the spring, and providing water.
The Lyon Township Public Library oversees the garden and manages registration and communication. The library also offers an extensive collection of gardening books, gardening programs, a Demonstration Garden, and a Seed Library.
If you are interested in having a garden plot in the Lyon Township Community Garden, please contact Pam at email@example.com or call 248-437-8800 ext. 617. Leave a voicemail if necessary. Availability is limited, but you may ask to be put on the waiting list if there are no current openings.
All gardeners are encouraged to donate extra vegetables to Active Faith, a non-denominational community service organization in South Lyon. Contact Active Faith at 248-437-9790 for delivery dates and times.
Seed Sharing Library
The LTPL Seed Sharing Library is a free program that lends seeds and encourages borrowers to return some seeds from their harvests to make the seed library self-sustaining. All seeds borrowed and shared at LTPL are open-pollinated seeds, and many of them are considered heirloom varieties since they have been grown for generations.
The LTPL Demonstration Garden began as a means to bring to life some of the techniques learned through various programs being offered at the library. It is an organic garden, which means we use no chemicals for pest or weed control. All crops planted in the garden are open-pollinated, which means the seed can be saved from year to year. The purpose of planting open-pollinated crops that allow us to save the seed is threefold: to increase the amount of available seed of the plant, to identify where each crop grows best, and to raise awareness of the plight of disappearing diversity in our food system. Please click on the Seed Sharing Library for more information about sharing open-pollinated seeds.
Become a volunteer at the LTPL Demonstration Garden! We always need help with weeding and watering. Even once or twice over the course of the summer would be a big help!
Our Demonstration Garden Wish List:
- Bags of natural hardwood mulch for the paths. No dyed mulch near food crops, please!
- Bagged material: compost, peat, potting soil
- Mulch and compost: Bales of straw (spoiled straw OK), shredded leaves or grass clippings from untreated lawns
Contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering with the LTPL Demonstration Garden.
About the LTPL Demonstration Garden
Matthew Deeds designed and built our demonstration garden as his Eagle Scout project in 2014. We used a technique called sheet composting, or “lasagna gardening” to kill the sod and prepare the area for growing. We put layers of newspapers, leaves, and straw and allowed them to break down over the fall and winter. The next spring, Tuthill Farms donated compost to jump-start the garden, and we also had some bales of straw donated by residents for mulching. The 2015 garden was a jungle, with record-breaking size tomato plants. The next year we grew the ingredients for making salsa, and Grand River feed donated several bales of straw for mulch.
In 2017, South Lyon Pack 336, Den 4 Wolves from Kent Lake Elementary School built a sturdy trellis structure as a service project. We would like to thank Lowes, Home Depot, and Tractor Supply Company for donating materials for the trellis. Scouts from South Lyon Pack 336 installed a three-section compost bin in 2016.