The Seed Library at the Little Turtle branch is in its fourth season and continues to offer vegetable, herb and flower seeds available for you to check out. Learn to grow your own food on Saturday, March 9 or Saturday, March 30 at 10:30 am with Master Gardner Megan Kosiak. Megan will teach us the fundamentals of successful, inexpensive seed starting at home. Borrow seeds from the seed library and begin your food adventures right away!
How does the Seed Library work?
Simple. Visit us at the Little Turtle branch and check out our selection of seeds. Pick out up to 8 packets of seeds, take them to the checkout desk and record what seeds you are taking (you do not need a library card to be a part of the Seed Library). Grow the plants and collect seeds at the end of the season and save some for yourself and share some back with the Seed Library for others to plant.
Our volunteers have been working hard to get new seeds packaged and ready for you to grow! This year we are happy to feature a special microgreens seed collection as part of our Seed Library, including:
- Genovese Basil
- Monogerm Cilantro
- Daikon Radish
- Red Garnet Amaranth
Microgreens are young vegetable or herb plants and are known for their powerful nutritional value, unique flavors, and delicate beauty. According to the USDA, certain varieties of microgreens have an average five times greater levels of vitamins than their full-grown counterparts. Fortunately for home gardeners, they’re relatively easy to grow and can be enjoyed year round.
Purdue University’s Winter 2016 issue of Weed ‘Em and Reap newsletter, “Because [microgreens] are a younger form of a mature plant, microgreens require a relatively small amount of soil. Shallow containers- such as a pie pan with a few drainage holes- are ideal for growing microgreens. Multiple microgreen trays can be grown on a table top or stacked on a shelf to save space. Microgreens require 4 or more hours of warm, direct sunlight. Harvesting the greens is a simple process too. A clean set of scissors is all you need to trim the plant in preparation.”
The Seed Library is open during regular Little Turtle branch business hours of Monday – Wednesday from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Thursday – Saturday* from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
*The Little Turtle branch is closed on Saturdays between Memorial Day and Labor Day.