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Live Off the Land

(As Much as You Can)

It's been a cold, cold winter and I've been flagging catalogs and making sketches, impatient to get a start on the spring and summer garden.

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Herbs and Essential Oils Can Change Your Life

You probably know that peppermint can do wonders for your breath, but did you also know that it can relieve migraine headaches, ease nausea and calm anxiety as well? Ever wonder how the soothing aroma of lavender has the power to deeply relax you? You may already be familiar with some of the amazing potential health benefits of herbs and essential oils, but the more you learn about them, the more you will better understand your own healing process. The following compilation of books will get you started on your holistic journey.  

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Gardening in Miniature

Gardening is cathartic in ways that people who don’t mind temporary messes or dirty fingernails can appreciate. There is satisfaction in even simple jobs like weeding and the end most certainly justifies the means. Fanatical gardeners dig in the dirt most anytime, weather be damned. There are times, however, when gardening outside is neither possible nor practical. That’s when gardening in miniature fits the bill and satisfies the obsession.

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

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Gardening in the City

Do you want to have a garden but have limited space? Gardening can be done wherever you live in the city!  You can have fresh herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables whenever you need them. Check out a selection of our gardening books:

Planting in a Post-Wild World

Planting Spring Preview

Books for Twiddling Green Thumbs

Seed catalogs come in the dead of winter for a reason. After a couple months of freezing temperatures and dormant brown plant skeletons everywhere, a feeling of general disconnection from the natural world develops.