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Check Out Your Local Seed Lending Library

The Texas Pioneer WomanDuring my rainy spring break I happened to stumble upon a seed lending library at my local public library. The basic premise of “borrowing” seeds from the library is that at the end of each growing season, the borrower will be asked to replenish the seed collection with seeds harvested from crops grown that year.

Borrowing seeds from the library is a great way to get free seeds. All of the seeds at my library are heirloom seeds, which I am excited about. They even provided planting instructions and seed saving instructions. I ended up borrowing three packets of seeds: watermelon, tomato and sage.

Heirloom Seeds from the Seed Lending Library

I took them home and planted them in the greenhouse. After they sprout and grow a bit, I will transplant them out to the garden.

Greenhouse Seeds

I hope you are encouraged to go to your local public library to check out your seed lending library. I believe this is a great way to encourage gardening, encourage growing heirloom varieties, and encourage gardeners to save seeds.

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nebraskadave
3/22/2015 10:26:06 AM

TPW, I don't think we have that here in Nebraska. It sounds like a great way to keep the heirloom seeds alive and well. Getting seeds from local sources will promote the seed acclimation to your area which will produce better plants. Articles about seed saving have mentioned the acclimation of plants that are continually grown in a certain area. Seeds from seed companies are most times grown far away from my garden or even in other countries. Weather, soil conditions, and many other things come into play when growing plants for seed. ***** Have a great seed lending day.