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.
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
- Select up to 5 packages from the seed collection (one pack/plant variety limit)
- Fill out a checkout form available on the shelf.
- 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