Introducing the Berryessa Branch Seed Library
What is a Seed Library?
The original intent of a Seed Library is simply to keep seeds in the hands of the people. Here at the Berryessa Seed Library, we want to encourage our community to learn more about how to grow seeds, how seeds are harvested, and how seeds are saved. For more information on everything seed, from the libraries to the saving, check out the book, Seed Libraries.
How does a Seed Library work?
The way a Seed Library works is this: people are able to "borrow" seeds to grow their own plants, they can then save seeds from their plants, and then finally "return" some of those seeds to the library. We are fortunate enough to have our generous Friends of the Library and our amazing 2016 Volunteer of the Year Camille DaRocha working hard to keep our Seed Library growing. However we would love all of our seed "borrowers" to be able to "return" some of their hard earned seeds to share with others!
Give it a try!
Step 1: Take the Seed You Need
Remember one little seed can equal one big plant (see sunflower seeds), and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to experiment with our seeds. The books below can help get you started on planning your planting space:
- California Gardener’s Resource by Bruce Asakawa
- Big Dreams, Small Garden by Marianna Wilburn
- The Essential Garden Design Workbook by Rosemary Alexander
Step 2: Show What You Can Grow
Plant your seed at the appropriate depth, in the appropriate space, and at the appropriate time. Use the below books to get started and then the waiting begins!
- Starting Seeds (eBook from Total Boox)
- Seed to Supper by John Tullock
- The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables by Maries Iannotti
Step 3: Save the Seeds if You Please
Once you get the hang of it, saving seeds can become second nature. Almost all plants will give you enough to donate back to your library AND keep for yourself!
- Saving Vegetable Seeds by Fern Marshall Bradley
- Saving Seeds by Marc Rogers
- The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds by Robert Gough
Image: Our Poppy Garden is proof you can grow anywhere! The poppies, carrots, hollyhocks, and other plants were all grown from our Seed Library seeds.
Image: a close up of our Poppy Garden
This post was written by guest blogger Taylor Cecil