Inside every seed is the potential for a full grown plant: flower, vegetable, fruit or herb. The seed holds all the food that the plant needs to get started in the garden. If it is given healthy soil, sunlight and water it will produce a healthy plant for you to enjoy.
Many libraries are sprouting seed libraries for their patrons. There is one at Wheeler Library in North Stonington and one at Green Public Library in Coventry, RI. Now there is one in our own library. The Seed Library at the Stonington Free Library gives patrons a chance to choose a seed packet or two and try growing it at home.
The planting instructions are on the packet to try to make it easier for the grower. All the seeds have come from seed companies that do not use GMO seed (genetically modified organism) which are seeds not found in nature. We only want certified seed from companies that adhere to the Safe Seed Pledge.
The Seed Library is meant to put seeds into as many hands as possible and for people to understand the joy of gardening. In this tech-savy world it is good to dig in the soil and watch something grow from your hands. Planting more seeds will help bring back the pollinators that we so vitally need for our food supply. So come visit us and pick out a packet of seeds and start growing!
Noreen will be talking about seeds and how to plant them for children ages 6-9 as part of our Summer Reading Program this year on June 29th at 10:30am.
Article attribution: Noreen Kepple, URI Master Gardener