It’s time to save your seeds!
If you have seeds to share to please consider donating them for next year’s Seed Library.
Vegetables, herbs, and flowers are welcome!
Please drop off your labelled seed donations at the Library. With your help the Seed Library will be an ongoing community service.
How to Donate Seeds
Donations can be dropped off at the library anytime beginning in the fall. Please make sure that your seeds are clearly marked with the
- Year collected
- Type of plant and variety of plant (e.g., red cherry tomato; autumn beauty sunflower)
- Any extra information that may be helpful (how deep to plant seeds, when to start them, amount of sun, soil, etc.)
Donated seeds will be collected, organized, and can be picked up in the Library in time for planting in the spring of 2022.
Contact the Library for more information.
How to Save Seeds
The best process of collecting seeds varies widely depending on the type of plant. Seeds that grow in pods are not ready until the pod is brown, dry, and beginning to split open, while tomato seeds are best harvested by leaving them in a watery mush to ferment a little. The links below provide lots of detailed information to make sure that you provide seeds with the best potential to germinate.
- Seeds of Diversity
- Mother Earth News
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Salt Spring Seeds
- Modern Farmer
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
What is a Seed Library?
A seed library is a place where local seeds are saved for gardeners to use in the spring. Then during harvest time those gardeners save some of their seeds for the library to use the following year. Seed libraries help promote and protect genetic diversity, local climate-adapted seed stock, self-sufficiency and community resilience through better food security. The Seed Library is a joint project of Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford and the Library – with sponsorship from the Merrickville Lions Club.