Seed Library



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The Seed Library at Webster Public Library is in its second year

Our library offers much more than books on gardening, we also have actual seeds you can check out to get your garden started this season. Anyone is welcome to come in and check out seeds. No library card is needed; just complete a paper checkout form after selecting the flower, herb or vegetable seeds you want to try.

Then plant the seeds in your garden and enjoy the harvest. Participants are asked to save seeds from some of the plants and return them to the library for next year's gardeners to check out.

Unsure how to save seeds? Never fear - the library offers simple instructional handouts as well as numerous books on the topic. Plus the seeds are organized in the drawers of the card catalog by seed saving difficulty. We recommend that beginners start with those labeled Super Easy.

We are still growing our collection and welcome seed donations at any time. While all donations are appreciated, the library is especially focused on open pollinated and/or heirloom flower and vegetable seeds. Seeds can be commercial seeds or ones collected by local gardeners. Donors may also give already opened seed packets if they have been stored in a cool, dry environment and are less than two years old.

  Check out these links for more information about seed saving.

  • Fruition Seeds in Naples NY has a great resource on their website called "Plant now". It includes planting ideas for each month of the year.
  • Richmond Grows offers a variety of seed information for the home gardener including videos
  • The goal of seed saving is to save seeds from the same variety you started with, and some plants require more care than others. Read tips on Cross-pollinating friskiness.
  • Saving seed starts with planning. Understanding basic concepts when you are planning your garden will make seed saving much easier. Here are some tips for beginning seed savers from Seed Savers Exchange.
  • There is an easy instruction page complete with color photos on How to Save Tomato Seeds  from Sow True Seed.
  • Seed Savers Exchange also offers instructions on how to do a germination test on your seeds at home.
  • General seed saving education from Seed Savers Exchange
  • Check out this article from Fine Gardening magazine on collecting and storing seeds




Seed Saving Books

Seed books for kids - nonfiction

Seed Saving eBooks

Seed books for kids - picture books