What's a Seed Lending Library?
Come to the Richmond Public Library, Richmond, Calif. and “borrow” seeds for free! You may be asking, “How can you ‘borrow’ seeds?” The basic is idea is that you plant the seeds, let some go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. (Don’t worry. We don’t have fines if you don’t return seeds.)
We encourage home gardeners to save seeds from the "super easy" plants: tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and peppers. (Some extra know-how needed for peppers.) Do not save seeds from plants in the "easy" or "difficult" drawer until you have more experience seed saving.
Richmond Grows is a non-profit seed lending library located in the public library. We’re open whenever the public library is open. You do not need to have Richmond Public Library card to use the seed library, but we do ask people to watch our on-line orientation. We provide free classes on organic gardening and seed saving, and of course, you can also borrow books from the public library on these topics.
Richmond Grows es una "biblioteca"
de semillas gratis
Lugar: La Biblioteca Publica de Richmond (Richmond Public Library), 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, Calif.
Stories of Seeds
Organic Gardening Basics Class
Wed., Sept. 24th 6:30-8PM
Richmond Public Library, Community Room
Free but please register
Learn the basics of how to grow organic vegetables. This class is great for both beginning and seasoned gardeners.
Crop Swaps Every Wednesday!
Bring your excess garden produce to swap with your neighbors – lemons for chard, lettuce for herbs etc. You don’t need to bring a lot to attend, and you can also bring seedlings, tools, books or anything related to gardening. Come and meet with your neighbors, trade gardening tips and recipes and have fun.
Where: Richmond Main Public Library – 325 Civic Center Plaza, in the courtyard
When: Every Wednesday 5-6pm
Note there is also a Crop Swap in El Sobrante at 2932 May Rd. from 5:30-6:30pm – Usually on Wednesdays but this week is Tuesday 6/10
Co-sponsored by Richmond Rivets Transition Town & Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library & Richmond Food Policy Council
Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening
by Marin County Master Gardener Lindsay Laven
The basic tenets are water-wise gardening are:
Design can contribute to water efficiency. Follow these guidelines:
And consider these tips...
Plant a spring garden with edibles that use residual water in the soil:
Plant edibles that mature quickly (50-60 days) needing fewer days of irrigation:
Grow high producers. Get more bang for your buck-et.
And, remember, the average plant requires about 1 gallon of water/week. Look for easy ways to save a gallon. Minor changes in your habits can ensure water for your garden.
Conserving is easy. Let’s all do our part.
Support Richmond Grows
Richmond Grows is a volunteer organization supported by tax-deductible community donations. All of our seeds and classes are offered free of charge to our community. At the moment, we are working on getting all of our materials translated into different languages. Your donations will help make our materials and seed available to more members of our and other communities - as we share all of the resources we create with the seed library movement. We're a fiscally sponsored project of Urban Tilth.