Category Archives: Gardening

Do you want to know something about gardening? This is the place for you, you’ll find all our posts about gardening here.

Planning your city garden

There are many types of City gardens from potted balcony gardens to community gardens.  There are also many ways to get help with planning your garden, whether you are a beginner or seasoned gardener looking for new ideas.  The City of Guelph has a Healthy Landscapes  program that supports City residents and there are also many other organizations that can support your gardening endeavours.





There are also great gardening resources at the Library!

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A garden for all seasons

season-garden4I’ve started planning the gardens in my yard this year and I realized I was really only planning them for the spring and summer, I had forgotten to take into account that I can still see them in the fall and winter. You don’t have to put in anything huge like an architectural piece to make your garden look nice all year round, some tall trees, and bushes that are colourfull all year round will make your garden pop.
Need help planning your all seasons garden? Here are some great books to help you out.
Garden made by Stephanie Whitney-Rose
The Gardener’s year
The nitty-gritty gardening book by Kari A. Cornell
The gardener’s guide to understanding weather and climate by Michael Allaby
Homegrown Harvest
The garden in winter by Suzanne Bales

Top 10 lists of 2015

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With 2015 now over I thought it would be fun to ask the staff here at the Guelph Public Library what some of their favourite books, cd’s, movies and other cool things were this year. Everything on these list can be found either in the library or online through our eResources.

Top 10 kids books

Leo: a ghost story by Mac Barnett
Everyone loves bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
I don’t like Koala by Sean Ferrell
The Princess and the pony by Kate Beaton
Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman
The Skunk by Mac Barnett
Where’s the Pair? by Britta Teckentrup
Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead
The Only Child by Guojing
Imaginary Fred by Edin Colfer

Top 10 fiction

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor
Dietland by Sarai Walker
The kind worth killing by Peter Swanson
City on fire by Garth Hallberg
The Turner house by Angela Flournay
The death and life of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus
The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
A little life by Hanya Yanaghara

Top 10 non-fiction

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg
The home reference to holistic health and healing by Brigitte Mars
Hunger makes me a modern girl by Corrie Brownstein
Trashed by Derf
Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’ll never wright my memoirs by Grade Jones
So you’ve been publicly shamed by JonRonson
The Road to Little Dribbling by  Bill Bryson
Shift Work by Tie Domi
Open Heart, Open Mind by Clara Hughes

Top 10 cookbooks

Good Housekeeping Fun Food Fast
Thug Kitchen: Party grub
Milk bar life by Christina Tosi
Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson
Le French Oven by Hillary Davis
Food52 genius food by Kristen Miglore
The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder
Sweet, savory, and sometimes boozy cupcakes by Alison Riede
Seven Spoons by Tara O’Brady
Per la Famiglia by Emily Richards

Top 10 CD’s (H-available on Hoopla)

Are you alone? -Majical Cloudz
Sound and Colour – Alabama Shakes
The magic whip – Blur (H)
If I should go before you – City and Colour (H)
Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit – Courtney Barnett
 Ghost notes – Veruca Salt (H)
Honeymoon – Lana Del Rey (H)
Heartbreaker of the year – Whitney Rose (H)

Top 10DVD’s

The Knick (TV series)
Red Army
Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation
Inside Out
The Martian
Mad Max: Fury Road
Ex Machina
Jurassic World

Natural Skin Care


Did you know the average person slathers and rubs up to 10 different skin care products on their body every day? And that our skin acts like a sponge and absorbs a lot of what it comes in contact with? That means we absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot of chemicals to me. That’s not even including all the chemicals found in your makeup! Personally I think that is way to much and one of the reasons I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis.
Looking to make some skin care products? Here are just a few of the great books you can find at the GPL!
Skin cleanse by Adina Grigore
Homemade beauty by Annie Strole
The essential guide to natural beauty by Helene Berton
Beauty pure + simple by Kristen Ma
Organic body care recipes by Stephanie Tourles
The ultimate natural beauty book by Josephine Fairley
Making aromatherapy creams and lotions by Maria Donna

Planting a garden

garden_StartNow that I have a yard I’m thinking about planting my fist garden around my front porch. I know nothing about gardens and my planters last year survived about a month before they withered and died. This spring I’m doing it right by reading up on what to plant and when to plant it.
Here are some of the great books to help novice gardeners like myself get planting.
The city gardeners handbook by Linda Yang
What grows here? by Jim Hole
Gardening Basics
The first-time garden specialist
Rodale’s basic organic gardening by Deborah Martin
The nitty-gritty gardening book by Kari A. Cornell
Planting a garden in spring by Jenna Lee Gleisna
The 20-30 something garden guide by Dee Nash




Natural Home Remedies


Home remedies have become increasingly popular as conventional medicine can become expensive quite quickly. Home remedies have become very popular with a public that wants to take a more holistic approach to their health.
Always remember that  home remedies don’t provide miracle cures and aren’t meant to take the place of the advice and treatments prescribed by your health-care professional. You should continue to work and consult with your doctor about your health problems.
Here are some books to help get you started on your home remedies path.
The Doctors book of herbal home remedies
Traditional home remedies by Martha White
The ultimate natural health and healing book by Mark Evans
1,801 home remedies by Matthew Hoffman
A families guide to health and healing by Anna Maria Clement
Complete guide to natural home remedies