What’s a Seed Lending Library?

Come to the Perth And District Union Public Library, Perth, Ontario and “borrow” seeds for free!   You may be asking “How can you ‘borrow’ seeds?” The basic idea is that you plant the seed, let them grow and let some of the plants go to seed.  Return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow.

We encourage home gardeners to save seeds from the “super easy” plants: tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and peppers. (some extra know-how needed for peppers )  Do not save seeds from the advanced drawer until you have more experience seed saving.  You do not need to have a Perth And District Union Library card to use the seed library. We are hoping to provide free classes on organic gardening, seed starting and seed saving.

Seed Saving Workshop Saturday September 14th 2013

Save the date we are we are very excited to be hosting our first seed saving workshop!  Robert and Carol Mouck work with saving heirloom seeds at the seed sanctuary in Kingston Ontario. They have worked with over 400 varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs they have grown and saved from Foxfire Farm in Napanee, Ontario.  They are both wonderful speakers and have an incredible amount of knowledge.

The workshop will be held in the meeting room at the the Perth and District Union Library located at 30 Herriott Street.

Phone 613-267-1224

Start time is 11:00 am finish will be 2:00 pm.

Please bring a lunch.  Cost is free.

Please bring one or two seed pods or items from your garden that you would like to learn how to save seed from.

Hope to see you there!

Thank-you

LANARK COUNTY GROWS WOULD LIKE TO  THANK

THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

FOR THEIR FINANCIAL SUPPORT

LINDA HAMILTON

FOR HER BEAUTIFUL PAPER FLOWERS

LANARK COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS

FOR THE WONDERFUL ADVICE 

PETER MCRACKEN 

FOR BUILDING OUR SEED SHELVING

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SEED DONORS:

HOLLYHOCK GRANGE

STONEYBRAE FARM

KRICKLEWOOD FARM

SYLVIA’S PLANT PLACE

PERTH HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

THANK-YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN MAKING THIS SEED LENDING LIBRARY HAPPEN.

A Straight Forward Planting Guide For Our Last Frost Date Of May 24.

PLANTING GUIDE (based on frost-free date of May 24):
FEBRUARY (the greens listed here can continue to be planted throughout the growing season of course)

Start lettuce, chard, other greens in greenhouse or in flats indoors (to be planted out to greenhouse). Start selected medicinal and culinary herbs by middle of February. Some take 6-8 weeks to germinate!

10 WEEKS TO LAST FROST (aprox. March 15)
Start seeds of celery, eggplant, leeks, onion, pepper and flowers like impatiens, lobelia, verbena and perennials indoors.

8 WEEKS TO LAST FROST (aprox. March 29)
Start seeds of early head lettuce and flowers like begonia, coleus, nicotiana, petunia and salvia indoors.

7 WEEKS TO LAST FROST (aprox. April 5)
Start seeds of tomatoes, hot peppers, and early basil indoors.

6 WEEKS TO LAST FROST(aprox. April 12)
Start seeds of early left lettuce, early cabbages including cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and kale, and small seeded annuals indoors. DIRECT SEED broad beans, carrots, peas, spinach, leaf lettuce, turnips, dill, parsley, and hardy flowers such as alyssum, candytuft, pansies, poppies, snapdragons, stocks, sunflowers and sweet peas. Plant onion sets or transplant onion seedlings outdoors.

4 WEEKS TO LAST FROST (aprox. April 26)
Start melon seeds indoors. If desired, start seeds of late basil, cucumber, squash, pumpkin, large-seeded annuals, and flowering vines indoors in peat pots. DIRECT SEED  radishes, beets, cabbages, chard, head lettuce, and flowers such as godetia, hollyhock, and mallow. Plant potato eyes and transplant seedlings of early cabbages, except cauliflower.

2 WEEKS TO LAST FROST (aprox. May 10)
DIRECT SEED corn, tender bulbs such as glads, and annual vines such as morning glory. Transplant early lettuce seedlings.

WEEK OF LAST FROST (aprox. May 17-24)
Around the last frost date you can finally direct seed beans, cauliflower, cucumber, squashes, heat-loving flowers such as zinnias, marigold, and lavatera. Transplant your tomaotes. If you’ve got them, transplant cauliflower, squash and cucumber seedlings.

1-2 WEEKS AFTER FROST (aprox. May 31-June 7)
Wait for a couple of weeks after the last frost before direct seedling lima benas, soybeans, melons and herbs such as basil, summer savory and sweet marjoram. Transplant celery, melon, peppers, eggplant seedlings when the night temperatures stay well above 10 degrees C. Plant sweet potato slips. Start second crop of kale seedlings, and reseed spinach and peas for second crop.

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April 22nd is our opening day!!!

Come and celebrate Earth Day while learning all about our new seed lending library. Vegetable and flowers seeds will be available in small packets at the library.  In exchange for taking seeds, borrowers are asked to harvest seeds from their produce or flowers and bring them back to the library in the fall. This will create a perpetual collection.

For the launch on April 22nd, Lanark County Master Gardener Renai Rennick will be on hand to answer questions and provide tips for how to make sure the seeds thrive. There will also be homemade “seedy” cookies and a showcase of new gardening books. Some of the seeds available are: tomatoes, peas, beans, melon and radish. Flowers include marigold, poppy, nasturtium and cosmos.  Anyone is welcome to make use of the seed library; borrowers do not have to show  a Perth and Distrcit Union  library card, although a brief registration is requested.

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Lettuce grown from seed at a local school. The lettuce was used in a salad bar enjoyed at an end of year fun fair.