Seed Saving Guides
Common Soil Seed Library Takes Root at Benson Branch
A seed library is exactly what its name implies – a place where gardeners of all experience levels can check out seeds to grow. Common Soil, along with a variety of programs, workshops and resources to help get you started, is based at Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St.
Common Soil strives to provide a space where local gardeners, farmers and library patrons can share open-pollinated seeds, as well as develop awareness and gain information about gardening and seed saving.
“It’s important to welcome the practice of seed sharing with our community for the many benefits that come with it,” said Rachel Steiner, Benson Branch manager. “We hope that the seed library will help create a culture of sharing and abundance.”
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Easy to Save
See those seed saving difficulty descriptors in the library catalog? Here's a quick overview of what they mean:
Easy seeds are those that can be easily saved by first-timers! We encourage you to attend Seed Saving 101 at an OPL location at your convenience. Some examples:
Medium -difficulty seeds might be those that take two growing seasons to produce seed, or they might require a great deal of space for growing large, healthy populations. Some examples:
Difficult seeds might be those that need to be hand-pollinated or isolated by large distances to prevent cross-pollination. We kindly ask that you do not save and return these seeds until you have had some experience. Feel free to checkout these seeds without obligation.
- brussel sprouts