SPARTA, NJ- On a small plot of land at the Sparta Library there is now an herb garden growing. Librarian Carol Boutelier had the idea to use the small fenced in area on the grounds to create the herb garden.
Boutelier reached out to Master Gardeners Lorraine Tooley and Renee Ferguson for help implementing the project. The garden was designed and planted by Tooley and Ferguson.
All of the plants were purchased with funds from the library. The library patrons will soon be able to enjoy the harvest. Some of the details of how they will distributed are still being worked out. As of now it appears that herbs will be harvested on certain days and patrons will be able to get them from the front desk on a first come first serve basis.
Each week, it is expected that a different herb will be available, depending on what is ready to be picked.
"Herbs will be complimentary and we are hoping to have them available sometime later this month, depending on the weather," said Tooley.
Tooley is a member of the Sparta Community Garden as well. She has been involved in planning and planting since the project began four years ago. "I am also a Sparta Community Garden member. I rent an individual plot there where I grow vegetables, herbs and flowers," Tooley shared.
Basil, chives, dill, lovage, majoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rue, sage, stevia, tarragon, thyme and more are now growing in the new library herb garden.