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BPL Grows Seed Library

BPL Grows Seed Library

BPL Grows Seed Update - August

Thank you for borrowing seeds! BPL Grows Seed Library is now closed for borrowing but donations and saved seeds are welcome until October 15. Seed borrowing reopens in the spring.

We hope you enjoyed the BPL Grows Seed Library and that our seeds have provided you with bountiful gardens this growing season. We would love to see what’s growing in your garden, so share your pics with us on Facebook and Twitter.

With Fall just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about harvesting and seed saving! Check out Reap & Return below for step-by-step guides on how to save seeds.

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Questions about BPL Grows Seed Library? Please call Denise Fung at 905.639.3611 ext 1805

About the Seed Library

Frequently Asked Questions about the Seed Library

FREE Seed Library programs of interest

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.seed library logo

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... harvest new seeds – then return them to the library, ready to borrow next growing season

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 second floor at Central, on the New & Hot shelves opposite the Information Desk. Read full collection details about each plant, including history and growing instructions: BPLGrows Seed Library Catalogue Spring 2016

  1. Select up to 5 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