Library Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday-Saturday: 9AM - 5PM
Sunday: Closed

How it Works

Want to try planting a garden or a new flower or vegetable this year? Pick up a few seed packets at our Seed Library. Every seed envelope comes with instructions for planting. 

Had a successful harvest? Share your seeds with others by dropping them off at our Checkout Desk.


Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for 1 or 2 hours at a time to sort donated seeds into envelopes and match them with their instructions. If interested, contact Katie Jalbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Growing Instructions

 BeanBeet | CilantroCorn | Dill  Marigold | PeasWildflowers




  • Bush Bean 
  • 55 Days 
  • Full Sun Sprouts in 7-14 Days 
  • Seed Depth: 1/2" to 1" 
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-80 Degrees F 
  • Plant Spacing: 4" 
  • Frost Hardy: No 


  • Beans do not easily cross-pollinate and can be grown close to one another, making them the ideal seed-saving project for beginners. 
  • Save seeds from the best-looking, best-tasting, and most vigorous beans. 
  • Store in a cool, dry place for the winter. (A glass jar in the refrigerator works well.)





  • 55 Days 
  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 14-21 Days 
  • Seed Depth: 1/2" 
  • Ideal Temperature: 50-85 F 
  • Plant Spacing: 4-6"  
  • Frost Hardy: Yes 




  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 4-6 Days 
  • Seed Depth: 1/4" 
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-95 F 
  • Plant Spacing: 9-12" 
  • Frost Hardy: No 




  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 7-10 days 
  • Ideal Temperature: 75-80 Degrees F 
  • Seed Depth: 1-2” 
  • Plant Spacing: 12”
  • Frost Hardy: No 




  • 8-12 hrs of Sun
  • Sprouts in 7-21 Days
  • Ideal Temperature: 55-75 F
  • Seed Depth: 1/8-1/4"
  • Plant Spacing: 2-4"
  • Frost Hardy: Yes


  • Prefers well-drained, poor soil for best flavor
  • Harvest leaves as needed, or cut the entire plant when seeds have formed at the tops of the 3-4 foot tall plants
  • Often reseeds itself




  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 5-10 Days 
  • Seed Depth: 1/4" 
  • Ideal Temperature: 75-80 F 
  • Plant Spacing: 8-12" 
  • Frost Hardy: No 


  • Allow the flowerhead containing the seeds to completely mature and dry on the plant. 
  • Then clip off the flowerhead and place in a container. 
  • Working over the top of another clean, opened container, rub the flowerheads to separate the seeds. 
  • Store over winter in a cool, dark, dry place. 




  • 6-12 hrs of Sun 
  • Sprouts in 10-30 Days 
  • Ideal Temperature: 45-80 F 
  • Seed Depth: 1" 
  • Plant Spacing: 4" 
  • Frost Hardy: Yes 




  • Full sun 
  • Seed Depth: Do not bury seeds 

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Midlothian Public Library
14701 S. Kenton Avenue, Midlothian, IL 60445
Phone: (708) 535-2027
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