Seed Library

How to Use the Seed Library?

How to Harvest Seeds & Save Seeds to Reshare?

Gardening Book Recommendations

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How to Use the Seed Library?

How to Browse for Seeds

The seed library is located in the library by the staircase. There are two ways to browse for the seeds you'd like to grow:

  1. The seed card catalog, the drawers are divided into Flowers, Plants, and Vegetables.

  2. In the binder, there are empty seed packets in the same order as the seed envelopes in the drawers. These packets show the information about the seeds. You can use these for reference in selecting your seeds to take and to get the necessary advice in planting, etc.

 

How to Bring Seeds to Reshare

At the end of the season, harvest your seeds and bring them back to the seed library to reshare. 

  1. Using the small envelopes provided in the small basket on top of the seed catalog, bring harvested seeds labeled with the name of the plant and the year grown. 

  2. Place the envelope(s) into the basket on top of the seed library card catalog. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gardening Book Recommendations

Natural Gardening: The Old-Fashioned Way: Timeless Techniques for the Ecological Gardener
Natural Gardening: The Old-Fashioned Way: Timeless Techniques for the Ecological Gardener
By Colborn, Nigel
Author Colborn, Nigel
2009-07 - Aquamarine
9781903141731 Check Our Catalog

 

Gardener's through the centuries have built up a marvellous amount of shared gardening knowledge - how best to nourish the soil, ingenious ways with irrigation, propagation and grafting, and the most effective control of pests and diseases. …More
 

The Little Gardener: Inspire Children to Connect with the Natural World
The Little Gardener: Inspire Children to Connect with the Natural World
By Cerny, Julie
Illustrator Dercon, Ysemay
2020-03 - Princeton Architectural Press
9781616898601 Check Our Catalog

 

The Little Gardener is an engaging illustrated guide for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and educators who want to help children explore the natural world through gardening. Part how-to, part teaching tool, and part inspiration, The Little Gardener is a thoughtful combination of detailed instructions, tips, anecdotes, and seasonal activities designed to connect gardeners to …More
 

The Lawn & Garden Owner's Manual: What to Do and When to Do It
The Lawn & Garden Owner's Manual: What to Do and When to Do It
By Hill, Lewis
Author Hill, Nancy
2000-02 - Storey Publishing
9781580172141 Check Our Catalog

 

The Ultimate Guide to Rejuvenating Worn-out Lawns and Gardens -- And How to Keep Your Landscape Looking Its Best!

You know when it's time to mow the lawn, but do you know when and how to prune the tree that is starting to block the view? Move shrubs that are overcrowded? Liven up an overgrown perennial bed? Fertilize and aerate your lawn? Let Lewis and Nancy Hill show you how easy lawn and …More
 

The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun
By Cohen, Whitney
Author Fisher, John
2012-05 - Timber Press (OR)
9781604693737 Check Our Catalog

 

Kids and gardens can be a juggling act, but kids can make great gardening companions. These 101 engaging, family-friendly garden activities will show parents how to integrate the garden into their family life. …More
 

Small Space Garden Ideas
Small Space Garden Ideas
By Pearson, Philippa
2014-02 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
9781465415868 Check Our Catalog

 

From windowsills and hanging baskets to rooftop containers and vertical gardens, "Small Space Garden Ideas" shows you how to create a dream garden, through step-by-step projects from start to finish. …More
 

Attracting Birds and Butterflies
Attracting Birds and Butterflies
By Ellis, Barbara
2020-02 - Houghton Mifflin
9780358106425 Check Our Catalog

 

A quick-reference guide to attracting birds and butterflies for gardeners with little experience and time.

In the eye of a bird or butterfly, the typical suburban landscape resembles an unfriendly desert. Closely mowed lawns, tightly clipped shrubs, raked-up borders, and deadheaded flowers mean no place to nest, no food to eat, and nowhere to hide. To the humans who live there, this …More
 

The Lifelong Gardener: Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age
The Lifelong Gardener: Garden with Ease and Joy at Any Age
By Gattone, Toni
2019-08 - Timber Press (OR)
9781604698534 Check Our Catalog

 

 

"The secret to making the most of later life is to keep doing what you love. With practical advice and gentle inspiration, Gattone shows us how gardening can work for people of any age." --Carl Honor , author of In Praise of Slowness

You can keep gardening for life, you just need to make adjustment as you age. In The Lifelong Gardener, adaptive gardening expert Toni …More
 

Crops in Tight Spots
Crops in Tight Spots
By Mitchell, Alex
2019-05 - Kyle Books
9780857835925 Check Our Catalog

 

Short of outdoor space but want to grow fruit and vegetables? Congratulations. Really, lucky you. Not for you the back-breaking trudge of tending large spaces of land, the weeding, digging and pest vigilance. Gluts? They will mean nothing to you. Instead you can look forward to small but perfectly formed bursts of flavor. Handfuls of fresh leaves, berries and tomatoes, just when you want them, and …More
 

Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables
Growing Perennial Foods: A Field Guide to Raising Resilient Herbs, Fruits, and Vegetables
By Tucker, Acadia
Illustrator Chavda, Krishna
2019-03 - Stone Pier Press
9780998862354 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Acadia Tucker's long love affair with perennial foods has produced this easy-to-understand guide to growing and harvesting them. A regenerative farmer who is deeply concerned about global warming, Tucker believes there may be no better time to plant these hardy crops.

Perennials can weather climate extremes, promote healthy soil, mitigate drought conditions, and thrive without chemical …More
 

The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature
The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature
By Stuart-Smith, Sue
2020-07 - Scribner Book Company
9781476794464 Check Our Catalog

 

One of Garden & Gun's Favorite Books of 2020

A distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener offers an inspiring and consoling work about the healing effects of gardening and its ability to decrease stress and foster mental well-being in our everyday lives.

The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the "real" life that lies …More
 

The New Gardener's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden
 
The New Gardener's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Grow a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden
By Beyers, Daryl
- Timber Press (OR)
9781643260068 Check Our Catalog

 

Every new gardener has to start somewhere--and the process can be intimidating. Knowing when and what to plant, how to care for the plants once they're in the ground, and how to keep pests and diseases away is a lot to take on. Luckily, Daryl Beyers--an expert from the New York Botanical Garden--has written what will be a go-to resource for decades to come. The New Gardener's Handbook is a …More
 

A Way to Garden: A Primer for Gardening Life
A Way to Garden: A Primer for Gardening Life
By Roach, Margaret
2019-04 - Timber Press (OR)
9781604698770 Check Our Catalog

 

The garden editor and writer for Martha Stewart Living presents a richly illustrated gardening book that offers practical advice as well as an exploration of the underlying connections between the yearly cycles of gardening and the stages of life. …More

 

 

 

 

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Resources

Six Tips for Saving Seeds

U o I Extension Horticulture 

Veggies Annual Planting Dates