Visit Us at the Library and Check Out Our Seed Library!
Have you redrawn your garden map multiple times over the last several weeks? Does your current reading material include a nursery catalog? As you plan and shop, remember to take a look at the seed library at the Hudson Public Library.
If you would like to grow some of your own food, or would like to experiment with heirloom seeds and seed saving, we can help! Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years and the practice helps to preserve rare, open-pollinated and heirloom seeds. If you are new to heirloom gardening, we have some books and seeds to help you get started.
So how does a seed library work? Gardeners “borrow” seeds from the library at planting time. At the end of the growing season, they save seeds from the plants and return a portion of the seeds to the library. We have a good variety of tomato and shell bean seeds and have recently added many other vegetables that are new to our collection. Many of the heirloom varieties are fun for children to grow: red and yellow striped tomatoes, tiny tomatoes, giant tomatoes, rattlesnake beans, 40 lb. or yellow watermelon. New to the collection this year is a collection of heirloom herb seeds. We also have some packs of hybrid seeds to pass on.
If you have seeds that you would like to try, or seeds that you would like to donate, stop by anytime the library is open! Questions? Call us at 319-988-4217.