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BPL Grows Seed Library

BPL Grows Seed Library reopens for its 3rd growing season

A new growing season is upon us! Early seeds are now available at Central Branch and include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, eggplant, onions, sweet and hot peppers, and tomatoes. These plants can be started indoors at least six weeks before they go in the ground after risk of frost has passed. The rest of the collection will be available on Earth Day, April 22.

We hope you are dreaming of green (and red and purple and yellow and…)

Questions about BPL Grows Seed Library? Please call Susan Thompson at 905.639.3611 ext 1206.

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