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Garden Day in Upton!

These brave young girls hold the worms that made the compost in the bin. The worms made the compost in bin from shredded newspapers and vegetable scrapings and leftovers.

Bring a plant, take a plant was the theme of the day and many Upton gardeners used this opportunity to split perennials and add something new to their gardens. The third annual Garden Day was held on the lawn outside the Upton Town Library on Saturday, June 4. There were gardening talks and presentations including beekeeping, composting with worms and a visit from the 4-H Rabbits. "We had 103 people attend," said Matthew Bachtold, Library Director, "its gets a little better every year."

The Friends of the Library also held a fundraiser to help support the Library's Museum Pass Program as well as the many other programs and activities they sponsor.

There were seven items donated from local businesses as well as the Friends of the Library. The items were an herb package, which included a Guide to Edible Herbs and a pot full of herb plants. Harvey's Farm and Garden Center donated organic compost/fertilizer and a potted perennial, Greg Trussell, Certified Massachusetts Horticulturist of Plowman Landscaping donated one hour of landscaping consultation. There was also a Kitchen Composting bin package from Hartford Farm and worm compost, a large planter of geraniums from Dick Kelly's Farm Stand; and an Instant Garden package which included a hanging tomato planter, a strawberry planter, potted herbs and potatoes from Koopman Lumber, and a Yellow Trumpet Vine from Sweetbriar Perennials in Grafton.

"All the people involved were volunteers, there was no cost to the library," Bachtold said. "The whole community chipped in to make a nice day and we had great weather." Blackstone Valley Gardeners organized the plant swap and Upton 4-H Cuddly Critters brought rabbits to display. Jim Houskeeper, who is an amateur beekeeper, gave the presentation on bee keeping.

Michelle Michel and Marcella Stasa of the Upton Open Space Committee gave the worm composting talk. Lisa Stratton, Children's and Young Adult Librarian read a story to the children. Stasa also organized a worm composting activity for the children who got to create their own composters and even take some worms home!

At the Upton Town Library's Third Annual Garden Day, Marcella Stasa of the Upton Open Space Committee show youngsters how to compost for worms and explained how these creatures help make soil richer for plants.


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