(Image from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange)
With temperatures in the 90s and the daily showers starting up I think it’s safe to say we are in summer’s grip. Patrons are reporting an abundance of kale, beans, and more tomatoes than they can eat. It’s too hot to start anything from seed though so it’s a wonderful time for the seed libraries to take a breath, examine where we are, and get ready for the next planting season. We are also celebrating our most recent expansion into the Headquarters Branch library! Patrons at the Headquarters Branch can find the seed library on the third floor near the magazines. Welcome Headquarters!
While the seed checkout business is a little slow, the library business is in full swing with our summer reading program. We always try to offer an option for those who aren’t big readers and this year I was asked to design an activity track around the seed libraries. Activates include checking a packet of seeds out from the library, designing your dream garden, and visiting a farm or farmers market. Ask at your library branch for more information.
While it's too hot to plant most crops you can still start okra and southern peas from seed and we have plenty of both thanks to our wonderful seed saver patrons. Other recent seed returns include calendula, Seminole pumpkin, Malabar spinach and Chinese cabbage, all of which has been shared between our libraries.
Okra varieties in stock at the Micanopy branch include:
- Baby Bubba Hybrid (not for seed saving)
- Clemson Spineless
- Dwarf Long Pod Green
- Red Burgundy
Check out these books for the younger gardeners in your family.
Hope you're having a wonderful summer!