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 | BroccoliCantaloupe | CilantroCorn | CucumberDaisyMarigold | PeasSquash | SunflowerWatermelon | Wildflowers | Zinnia 


          
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Bean

   Grow 

  • 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 

  Save

  • 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.)

   

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 Beet

  Grow 

  • 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 
   
   
 broccoli  

Broccoli

  Grow 

  • 75 Days 
  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 7-10 Days 
  • Seed Depth: 1/4" to 1/2" 
  • Ideal Temperature: 60-80 F 
  • Plant Spacing: 12"  
  • Frost Hardy: Yes 

  Save 

  • Broccoli is considered to be a more challenging crop for seed saving. It is a biennial and will not flower until its second year of growth. 
  • It is easy to keep broccoli alive over winter in climates where the winter is mild. Northerners will need to get creative; established broccoli is not tolerant of temperatures below 20 F. 

   
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Cantaloupe 

  Grow 

  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 7-14 Days 
  • Ideal Temperature: 75-90 Degrees F 
  • Seed Depth: 1/2 inch 
  • Plant Spacing: 18" 
  • Frost Hardy: No 

     
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Cilantro

  Grow 

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

   
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Corn

  Grow 

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

   
 cucumber  

Cucumber

  Grow 

  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 7-14 Days 
  • Seed Depth: 1/2" 
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-90 F 
  • Plant Spacing: 18-36"  
  • Frost Hardy: No 

  Save 

  • Cucumbers are annuals, so they will set fruit and produce seed in the first season. 
  • Cucumbers rely upon insects to pollinate their flowers; for this reason, it is best to isolate each variety by 1⁄2 to 1 mile from other varieties to avoid cross-pollination. 
  • For those gardeners in more densely populated areas, with neighboring cucumbers threatening to cross-pollinate, caging can help to ensure pure seed, although it will require hand pollination. 
  • Because the plants have male and female flowers, pollination occurs easily without degrading the vigor of the seed stock. (Many other plants need to pollinate flowers from a separate plant). Just a few plants will produce lots of healthy seeds. 
  • Properly saved seeds should store for up to 10 years. 
     

     
 daisy  

Daisy

  Grow 

  • 8-10 hours Sun 
  • Sprouts in 10-25 Days 
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-75 F 
  • Seed Depth: Surface Sow 
  • Plant Spacing: 10-14" 
  • Frost Hardy: Yes 

  Save 

  • Resist the urge to dig and divide the hearty clumps that this perennial forms! The plants have a sensitive tap root and you risk killing the plant! 
  • Saving seeds is simple. Allow flowers to fade and collect the dried seeds. 
  • Store in a cool, dark, dry location until replanting time in spring. 
  • You can cold-stratify your saved seeds to increase germination (although this is not necessary).  
 

   
 marigold  

Marigold

  Grow 

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

  Save 

  • 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. 
 

   
  peas  

 Peas

  Grow 

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

     
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 Squash

  Grow 

  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 5-10 Days 
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-95 Degrees F 
  • Seed Depth: 1/2-1 inch 
  • Plant Spacing: 18-36" 
  • Frost Hardy: No 

  Save 

  • There are four different species of squash: Cucurbita maxima, C. pepo, C. moschata, and C. mixta. They will not cross-pollinate with each other, so it is possible to grow one of each species for seed saving without worrying about cross-pollination. 
  • If you are planning to grow several varieties of more than one species, you can bag the blossoms and hand pollinate to avoid crossing. 
  • Whether it is a summer or winter squash, you must let the fruit completely mature before extracting the seeds. 
  • You will want to cure the squash for at least two weeks as well. 
  • Scoop the seeds, place them in a bucket, and add just enough water to cover. Let sit at room temperature for two days before rinsing off the pulp. 
  • Lay seeds out to dry on newspaper or paper plates. 
  • Seeds will remain viable for up to four years 

   
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Sunflower

  Grow  

  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 7-14 Days 
  • Seed Depth: 1/2" 
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-75 F 
  • Plant Spacing: 18-24" 
  • Frost Hardy: No 

  Save 

  • When petals die back and heads begin to dry and turn brown, place a paper bag over the heads to protect seeds from birds. 
  • After a few days, the heads will dry to a dark brown. Bring the heads indoors and hang them upside down in a dry area in direct sunlight for up to a week, shaking seeds free each day. 
  • Store in a cool, dark, dry place. 

   
 watermelon  

Watermelon 

  Grow 

  • Full Sun 
  • Sprouts in 5-10 Days 
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-95 Degrees F 
  • Seed Depth: 1/2-1 inch 
  • Plant Spacing: 3' 
  • Frost Hardy: No 

     
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 Wildflowers

  Grow 

  • Full sun 
  • Seed Depth: Do not bury seeds 

     
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Zinnia

  Grow 

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

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