At the start of the fall planting season, seed librarians are gearing up by making sure shelves are stocked with beets, cucumber, and squash. We place the seed saving books out on display and prepare for questions on the availability of long beans.
Before you put any seeds in the ground you might like to add compost or fertilizer, since Florida soil is usually a little on the sandy side and most crops prefer something extra. You can ask online communities like Grow Gainesville or visit a hardware store and buy something to fill this need, or you might look into building a compost bin if you have the space. You can pick up a basic compost setup from Alachua County Public Works Office at 5620 NW 120th Lane, Gainesville, FL 32653 Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM or you could build your own. Click here for more information.
For those interested in generating less waste while also improving garden soil, the library has several books on composting. For example:
- Composting For a New Generation by Michelle Balz
- From Garbage to Compost by Lisa Owings
- How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons
- The Organic Compsting Handbook by Dede Cummings
- Really Rotten Truth about Composting by Jodie Mangor
- Straw Bale Gardens by Joel Karsten
If you haven’t visited a seed library yet, now’s your chance! Our Cone Park Branch is trying out a box of seeds to share with their community gardeners and any other interested patrons that come to renew their cards or browse the magazines.
For a list of participating library branches as well as answers to popular questions, please see our Seed Library FAQ.
- Beans (bush, pole, lima)
- Brussels Sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Onions (green, shallot)
- Squash (summer, winter)
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