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Join us for the debut of the Dallas Public Seed Library on March 18th, 1pm - 3pm! We’ll explain the seed library, learn the basics of seed saving, enjoy refreshments, and swap seeds!
There is a circulating collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds located on the 6th floor of the Central Library!
Farmers and home gardeners have been saving and sharing seeds with each other for thousands of years. Unfortunately the tradition has been largely abandoned over the past 100 years. Here are some reasons to start saving and sharing again:
We invite you to check-out seeds from us and plant them in your garden. After the harvest, we encourage you to let your plants "go to seed," and return some of those seeds to the library.
Donations help keep our collection sustainable, but we don't require borrowers to return seed to us - especially those who are new to gardening. However, if you would like to learn how to save seeds, we can help. We offer books and other resources for checkout, as well as workshops on various gardening topics.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list and kept up to date on developments related to the seed library!
For more information on how the seed library works, check out these links:
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension - Recommended Planting Dates for North Texas
Know when to plant your seeds for best results
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange - Growing Guides
A wealth of general and plant-specific information
Seed Savers Exchange - Growing and Seed Saving Guides
Plant-specific growing and seed saving guides can be found in the drop-down menu towards the bottom of the page
Seed Library of Los Angeles - Seed Saving Basics
We encourage new seed savers to start off saving seeds from Lettuce, Peas, Beans, Peppers, and Tomatoes. Learn how here!
Howtosaveseeds.com - Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook
Well-organized, comprehensive site with quick reference to specific plant types
Seed Ambassadors - Seed Saving Guide
Free seed-saving zine
Organic Seed Alliance - Seed Saving Guide
Seed Savers Exchange - Seed Saving Chart
Crop-specific seed-saving chart