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Seed Library

Welcome to the Seed Library

Dedication to gardening is a gift to yourself. The seeds you save are a gift to our community.
Saving & Sharing Seeds

Our goal is to build continuing and lasting connections with our community by offering gardening and seed saving resources. The seeds you borrow from the Live Oak Public Libraries Seed Library are free.

  • Engage with novice and experienced gardeners
  • Learn about growing and saving seeds
  • Connect with community through the process of growing nutritious and delicious food
  • Grow a culture of sharing - with seeds and knowledge

 

Using the Seed Library

Seeds in the Collection

Every effort has been made to make sure that the seeds we have in the Seed Library are open-pollinated or heirloom varieties. This means that seeds saved from these plants will produce the same fruit or vegetable as the parent plant.

When growing to save seeds, please match the seed saving difficulty with your gardening expertise.

Our seeds are divided into two categories: Easy and Advanced

  • Easy Seeds

    Great for novice growers! These plants are less likely to cross-pollinate with other plants in the same family.

    TIP: Stick with one variety of a plant.

  • Advanced Seeds

    These seeds take a little more expertise and energy to save. They are wind and insect pollinated and are more likely to cross-pollinate with other plant varieties. Some may take more than one season to produce seeds.

    TIP: Stagger growing times. Separate similar plants by keeping them the recommended distance apart (varies).

Checking Out Seeds

We offer seeds to anyone who visits our library. A library card is not required and there is no cost to borrow seeds.

Please document your household name, city of residence, and which seed packets you select by making a note in the checkout binder located next to the seed catalog. This information will be used for statistical purposes only.

  • Borrowing Limits

    The current limit for borrowing seed packets is three (3) packets per month per household. The Seed Library is based on the honor system. We ask that everyone respect this as a shared community resource.

  • Returns

    There is no requirement or expectation to return seeds.

Quality Control

To ensure the integrity and quality of the Seed Library, we do not accept unsolicited donations.

We prioritize clean, mature, open-pollinated, or heirloom seeds that are sourced from reputable and known origins. Only these seeds may be used to restock the Seed Library. Seeds of unknown or questionable origin will not be used or distributed.

Our resources are meant to help you learn how to save seeds so that your household may have them for the next growing season.

 

Search the PINES Catalog

Try keywords: plant propagation; seeds; seeds harvesting; seeds viability; vegetable seeds

PINES

Recommended Reading

Click on book covers or titles to access resources.

What's in Season

Fall Garden

Easy Seeds
Title Alternative Title Sun / Shade Open-pollinated Heirloom Organic
Lettuce - Lettuce Mix Lactuca sativa full / part sun yes no yes
Broccoli, Di Ciccio Brassica oleracea full sun yes yes yes
Carrot, Tendersweet Daucus carota full sun yes yes yes
Kale, Vates-Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Brassica oleracea full / part sun yes no yes
Radish, French Breakfast Raphanus sativus full / part sun yes yes yes
Snap Pea, Sugar Daddy Pisum sativum full sun yes no yes
Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinacia oleracea full / part sun yes yes no
Parsnip, Hollow Crown Pastinaca sativa full sun yes yes no
Swiss Chard - Rainbow Blend Beta vulgaris full / part sun      
Mustard Greens - Southern Giant Curled Brassica juncea full / part sun yes yes no
Turnip - Purple Top White Globe Brassica rapa full sun   yes  
Onion - Red Creole Allium cepa full sun yes no no
Cover Crop - Fall Cover Mix          
Flower Mixes - Bee Feed Mix          
Flower Mixes - Hummingbird, Butterfly, Songbird          

Fall Garden

Advanced Seeds
Title Alternative Title Sun / Shade Open-pollinated Heirloom Organic
Bunching Onion - Long White Bunching Allium cepa   yes no no
Beet, Detroit Dark Red Beta vulgaris full sun yes yes yes
Broccoli, Di Ciccio Brassica oleracea part sun yes yes yes
Carrot, Tendersweet Daucus carota full sun yes yes yes
Kale, Vates-Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch   full sun yes no yes
Radish, French Breakfast Raphanus sativus full sun yes yes yes
Snap Pea, Sugar Daddy Pisum sativum full sun yes no yes
Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinacia oleracea full / part sun yes yes yes
Parsnip, Hollow Crown Pastinaca sativa full sun yes yes yes

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I borrow seeds?
The Seed Library is housed at Southwest Chatham Library. We offer our seeds to anyone who visits our library.
There is no requirement or expectation to return seeds.

 

Do I have to have a library card?
A library card is not required and there is no cost to borrow seeds.

 

How do I get started at home?
Check out the article Starting Plants from Seed for the Home Gardener from UGA Extension.

 

Do you take seed donations?
To ensure the integrity and quality of the Seed Library, we do not accept unsolicited donations.

 

Contact the Seed Library

The Seed Library is a part of Live Oak Public Libraries and is housed at Southwest Chatham Library in Savannah.

Southwest Chatham Library
14097 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
(912) 927-4079

 

Thank you

This program is supported in part by a grant to the Georgia Public Library Service from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Library Services and Technology Act.

Special thanks to Chatham County Extension and Master Gardener Extension Volunteers for providing gardening education to our community and for their support in launching the Seed Library.