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Library puts out call to green thumbs great and not so great

Gardeners who produced giant pumpkins, zucchinis, tomatoes or sunflowers urged to take part in Algoma Farmers' Market contest, while expert advice offered to others
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Your local library is getting into the spirit of fall by putting out a call to green thumbs who did well growing stuff in their gardens this year, and to others who did, well... not so well.

Did you have problems in your garden this summer? Need help figuring out what went wrong?

Jeff Marshall, lead hand at the Bellevue Park Green House and local farmer is here to help, courtesy of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.

You can ask this local expert a question or two to solve your gardening woes in a free program at the North Branch Library, 232C Northern Ave. E on Oct. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Registration opens Sept. 20. Call the North Branch at 705-759-5248 or visit eventbrite for tickets to the "Gardening Fails" event.

Meanwhile, for those who did achieve gardening greatness, the Algoma Farmers' Market will hold its Annual Pumpkin Weigh Off on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion at the downtown waterfront.

"If you grew a giant pumpkin this year, please bring it to the pavilion parking lot to be weighed," the library said in a news release. 

Participants can start bringing their pumpkins at 11 a.m. with the Weigh-off beginning at noon. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. 

Prizes will also be awarded for the largest zucchini, tomato and sunflower. Participants can start bringing these garden favourites in at 9 a.m. with the sunflower/ zucchini/ tomato competition beginning at 11:30 a.m.

To keep the young ones occupied and educated, the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library will be offering a story-time and crafts starting at 10:30 am. 

"Come out and see who has the biggest pumpkin of 2023!" the library enthuses.

If you have any questions, call Jeff Marshall at 705-574-1203.