Seeds and Summer

Happy Summer!

Seed Library Inventory If you have visited the inventory in the past, it's been cleaned up and should be easier to browse now!

Seed Library FAQ

White Acre Peas

(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

Red Okra Pods

Check out these books for the younger gardeners in your family.

Badger's Perfect GardenBadger’s Perfect Garden by Marsha Arnold

The Curious GardenThe Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Eating the AlphabetEating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert

Edible ColorsEdible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass

Gardening with EmmaGardening with Emma: Grow and Have Fun: A Kid-to-Kid Guide by Emma Biggs

If You Plant a SeedIf You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Plant the Tiny SeedPlant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

Square Foot Gardening with KidsSquare Foot Gardening with Kids by Mel Bartholomew

Summer SupperSummer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer

Up in the Garden Down in the DirtUp in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

We are the GardenersWe Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

Posted by NaomiB on June 11, 2019