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BPL Grows Seed Library

BPL Grows Aquaponic Garden @Central

Meet our indoor garden, launched May 2017

Frequently Asked Questions about our Aquaponic Garden

About the Seed Library

Our seed library returns for its 4th growing season! NEW for 2018: You can borrow up to 10 seed packages this year.

This year we purchased vegetable seeds in the following categories: beans - bush and pole, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, greens and lettuces, kale, onion, peas, pepper - hot and sweet, radish, squash - summer and winter, Swiss chard, tomatoes

And the following herbs: chives, cilantro, dill, lavender, lemon balm, parsley

Frequently Asked Questions about the Seed Library

Borrow seeds to grow your own healthy food and contribute to a sustainable community – it’s 1-2-3 easy with your Burlington Public Library card.

1 – Browse & Borrow... select what plants you’d like to grow – then checkout the seed packages

2 – Sow & Grow... plant, tend, and enjoy your crop

3 – Reap & Return... if you are able, harvest new seeds and return them to the library, packaged to be borrowed by local gardeners next growing season. Important! Returning seeds is not a requirement for borrowing seeds.

Seeds returned from successful plants will grow our collection and help cultivate seed stocks best suited to our local climate.

Browse & Borrow

Visit the Seed Library located on the 1st floor at Central, between the EXPRESS collection and the Aquaponic Garden.

  1. Select up to 10 packages from the seed collection (one pack/plant variety limit)
  2. Fill out a checkout form available on the shelf.
  3. Give form to a staff member at the info desk or the checkout desk

Sow & Grow

You've selected your crop, borrowed the seeds - and now it's time to plant!

Here are some handy links to help you get started:

Reap & Return

You've seen some great results from your gardening labours (we hope) and now it's time to let your garden go to seed. Get started by visiting How to Save Seeds - and download our handy step-by-step guides (pdf):

Recommended Reads for Seed Saving

Seed Saving - The Beginner's Guide: How to Save Time and Money by Preserving Rare and Unique Seeds by John Stone

The Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits by Andrea Heistinger

Homesteading Handbook Vol. 3, The Heirloom Seed Saving Guide by Michelle Grande

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners by Suzanne Ashworth

How to Save Your Own Seeds: A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production by Bob Wildfong & others

FAQs about the Seed Library