New Year, New Seed Library!

Happy New Year Gardeners!

seed library inventory

Current Seed Library Inventory for Micanopy branch

Seed Library FAQs


The Alachua County Library District's seed library is celebrating the New Year by welcoming a new library location to the fold. The staff at the Newberry branch library have been trying out seeds with their users and now, with a fresh donation of expired seeds from Home Depot (Thank you Home Depot!) they will officially begin offering a full variety of vegetables and flowers. Welcome Newberry branch library!


If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution why not start with seeds from your closest seed library? We now have seeds at ten library locations: Headquarters, Alachua, Archer, Cone Park, Hawthorne, High Springs, Millhopper, Micanopy, Newberry, and Tower Road. Try something super easy if you’re new to gardening. Cherry bell radishes do well in our area and are great for kid garden projects. If you’re short on space consider some basil and dill for the windowsill.


IFAS suggests planting the following veggies in January:

Edibles to Plant in January

(Easily survives transplanting)

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collards
  • Endive/Escarole
  • Kale, Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Swiss chard

(Survives Careful Transplanting)

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach

(Use seeds)

  • Onions (bunching, shallots)
  • Peas (English)
  • Radish
  • Turnip


More information including soil recommendations, recommended varieties, spacing, and so much more can be found on the IFAS Vegetable Gardening Guide.


If you’re on Facebook check out the Grow Gainesville and Gainesville Ornamental Gardeners groups. Both are full of local gardeners with years of experience eager to share their knowledge. If you prefer picking up a book, check out these recent additions to our collection.


Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest book jacketThe Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest by Ann Accetta-Scott

Lifelong Gardener book jacketThe Lifelong Gardener by Toni Gattone

New Gardener's Handbook book jacketNew Gardener's Handbook by Daryl Beyers

Organic Gardening for Everyone book jacketOrganic Gardening for Everyone by CaliKim


Happy New Year and Happy Gardening!

Posted by NaomiB on January 3, 2020