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
Last Crop Swap - Oct. 1st 5-6 PM
We will meet Wednesday, Oct. 1st from 5-6 PM at the main branch of the library, 325 Civic Center Plaza in the courtyard for the last crop swaps of the year. (Well, there may be one more.)
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.