Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Seed Library!

One of the latest things that ABC Library is proud to bring you is our new seed library.  The collection of seeds to borrow on your library card will be available at the Juan Tabo branch, and you can begin checking out seed packets starting on March 22.

What is a seed library?  How can someone "borrow" seeds?  At our seed library a library patron can check out up to 15 packages of seeds on their library card.  The checkout is good for one year.  Over that year you can grow your borrowed seeds in your garden and extract seeds from the new plant, which you can then return to the library.  If you already have a green thumb, this is a great way to pick up some new vegetables and herbs you've never tried growing before.  For those of us who are beginners in gardening, this is a great opportunity to learn some skills by trying to grow some "easy" seeds, like tomatoes.  A list of all the seeds that will available for checkout is on our catalog.

Join us at Juan Tabo for our kick-off event on March 22.  You can ask questions about our seeds, meet other gardeners, and of course, pick out some seeds to borrow!  Find out the latest news about the seed library on abclibrary.org/seeds

You can also check out these books about gardening and seed saving for an idea of what seeds you might want to borrow.

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving, and Cultural History by William Woys Weaver

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Fruits, Trees, and Shrubs by Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray

Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers From Small Spaces by Gayla Trail

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