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Seed Library


The DTDL Seed Library is now OPEN! Visit the adult services desk to check out up to three (3) seed packets and grow your own fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers this summer. The seed library is open during normal library hours.

How it works:
•    Visit the adult services desk and browse our available seeds
•    Select up to 3 seed packets
•    Use our catalog to find resources to help you grow your seeds
•    Let plants come to maturity and harvest easy-to-save seeds (optional)
•    Donate a few of your seeds back to the seed library (optional)

If you are new to gardening, the seed library is an excellent resource to help you get started and you do not need to worry about saving seeds right away. 

Why Seeds?
The DTDL seed library promotes the growing, preserving and sharing of locally grown plants amongst the community. Seed libraries cultivate knowledge in gardening and skills in self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. They also provide fresh food and help to sustain genetic diversity.
All of our seeds are non-GMO and we hope to continue to increase the number of organic and heirloom varieties as we grow. Our seeds come from donations from:
•    Burpee

Seed Saving
Seed saving is a fun activity that can be easy or challenging, depending on the plant. The DTDL seed library is happy to accept seeds from easy-to-save seeds such as:
 
•    Tomatoes                 •    Carrots
•    Peas                           •    Peppers
•    Beans                         •    Egg plant
•    Sunflowers                •    Lettuce

Please only save more advanced seeds after you have learned about isolating plants to prevent cross-pollination. In order to donate seeds, seeds must be placed in a sealed envelope and they must have a filled out seed donation form attached. A form must be filled out for each variety of seed and varieties must be packaged separately.

If you would like to donate a packet of seeds that you have purchased, please make sure they are non-hybrid and non-GMO. Seed packets usually have this information printed on them or you can reach out to the seed manufacturer if you are not sure. Please also fill out and attach the seed donation form.

Seed Donation Form     Easy-Saver Seed Saving Guide