Posted on November 2, 2018 at 6:00 am
Updated on Jan 29, 2019
Bring your green thumb (and your saved seeds) to any of our three seed library locations!
The idea is simple: you borrow from a selection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds at any time during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to harvest, collect some seeds to bring back in for the next round of gardeners to enjoy.
Spokane County Library District’s seed library locations:
Check out materials from our catalog on loads of gardening topics, including raised-bed gardening, container gardening, vermiculture (gardening with worms), and seed saving.
If you are thinking about tackling some DIY garden projects, you’ll find helpful digital articles and resources from the library’s resource Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.
EVEN MORE ABOUT SEED LIBRARIES
What is a Seed Lending Library?
The idea is simple: you borrow from a selection of vegetable and flower seeds at any time during the year, plant them in your garden, and watch them grow. When it’s time to harvest, let a plant or two go to seed, collect the seeds (learn how), and bring them back to the library for the next round of gardeners to enjoy.
- Check out up to 12 seed packets
- Keep varieties of seed types separated when returning seeds
- Restock information is the type of vegetable, such as: pepper/sweet bell or pepper/habanero
- Only heirloom seeds have the ability to adapt and produce seeds
- Growing plants from hybrid seeds will not allow you to save seeds
About the seed library:
- Volunteer/staff cooperative donates, collects, and packages seeds
- Helps in collecting local heirloom varieties that might otherwise be lost
- Promotes local agriculture by growing collections of seeds locally adapted to the region
- Partners with local experts like the WSU Home Extension, Master Gardeners, and local heirloom growers
- Develops “how-to” classes from planting seeds, companion planting, and saving seeds to preserving your bounty
Why seed lending?
- The practice of saving seeds has been around for many centuries. Many of the varieties grown by our ancestors are being lost
- Growing and saving seeds from old varieties helps to preserve genetic diversity and encourages our community to reconnect with traditions of growing tasty, healthy foods
- Heirloom varieties provide different flavor profiles and interesting physical features, such as colorful carrots
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