How does it work?

How does it work?

MEMBERSHIP – We ask that you fill in a membership form at the SSL (the folder next to the seed box, which has the forms is at the Peerie Cafe) so that we have a record of everyone who has borrowed seeds and a way of maintaining direct communication with the users.

CHECK OUT LIMITS – There is currently no limitation on how many seed packets you can borrow. Please bear in mind that the library is a shared public resource and take only what you will use this season.

RETURNS – There are no requirements for how many seeds or how many of each variety you must return to the library. Many plants produce a profusion of seeds so it can be easy to return much more seed than you borrowed, and this way the capacity of the library grows with every user and every season. But this won’t always be the case. Seed saving is new to many of us and folks have varying levels of knowledge and experience. What’s most important is that all borrowers commit to making a sincere effort to save some of their seeds this season. Some seeds are easier than others and there are books available at the library to help you.

QUALITY CONTROL – To maintain the quality of seeds in our library we encourage beginning gardeners to focus on saving seeds from varieties that are easily saved compared to more difficult seeds. Some easy seeds include lettuce, peas, beans, and tomatoes – these plants are self-pollinating. Some seeds are more difficult, requiring special conditions to maintain quality – recommended population sizes, distances from certain plants, overwintering etc. More info in seed saving books!

DONATIONS – Just as seeds are available to borrow all year round, donations of seeds are welcome at any time. When donating seeds please include the place and the year you saved them. As much information about the seed’s history is encouraged. You are welcome to donate your spare packets of commercially bought seeds from The Real Seed Catalogue, Garden Organics and packets from other seed libraries but please don’t donate F1 seeds as they don’t grow true to type (one can never know what the next generation will be like!), nor seeds from other commercial companies as they are most likely treated and/or modified (https://www.foe.co.uk/…/wildlife-friendly-gardening-guide-7… and http://fracturedparadigm.com/…/monsanto-free-seed-companies/).