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Morton Grove Library Is Growing--Veggies

A vertical demonstration garden shows how to grow zucchini in small spaces; another is for kids who like to play in the dirt.


Giving a new meaning to the term "bookworm," the Morton Grove Library has two gardens that are growing vegetables.

The two veggie plots, on the west side of the building facing Georgiana Street, survived the 100-plus degree heat wave last week and boast some zucchini and tomatoes in their early stages. 

Volunteers from the Morton  Grove Garden Club are tending the young shoots. 

One garden is meant to demonstrate how to grow vegetables vertically, which is helpful for would-be gardeners who don't have a lot of garden space, said Nancy Brothers, the library's coordinator of programming and public relations, and Abby Annala, coordinator of marketing and community engagement. 

The other is meant for kids, who might enjoy playing in the dirt and looking at worms as much as any other aspect of gardening, said Annala.

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"Lettuce, cucumbers and peas are the big attraction there," observed Brothers.

The vertical garden plot has A-framed trellises in two heights.

"The trellises will support the weight of both the plant and the zucchini," said Brothers, adding most garden supply stores carry the trellises. Because the plants and their vegetables take up space on the trellis, they're not taking up space on the ground.

"There are several wonderful books in the library about vertical gardening," Brothers said. "They show all types of methods for growing up."

The produce is given to Shore Community Services Inc. in Morton Grove, which has a work training program for the developmentally disabled, Brothers said.

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