Seed Library

The PCPL Seed Library is a “seed swap” that is available to cardholders. The library has a cabinet available beginning in March of each year filled with seeds. Choose your seeds and bring them to the Circulation Desk so that we can record how many seeds were taken. After that, take your seeds home and plant your garden!

If you find yourself with extra seeds after planting, or if you save seeds from your garden in the fall, we would be happy to accept them as a donation.

Don’t have a library card? No problem! Just bring in your photo ID and we will get you registered as a cardholder. 

So, how does it work?

1. Choose your seeds from the cabinet.
2. Take some seeds out of the large envelope.
3. Label your small envelope and place seeds inside.
4. Tape the small envelope shut. Put the large envelope back in the drawer.

5. Take your small envelopes (Limit of 5)  to the circulation desk for check out.
Notes: There is no due date on seeds (because you can’t really return them). If you have extra seeds at home, please donate them at the circulation desk.

What's in season?

Here’s what we’ve got in the cabinet right now!

FLOWERS

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  75-90 DAYS TO BLOOM

After all danger of frost, sow seed in open ground well exposed. Cover with 1″ of soil. When plants are 4″ tall, thin. Needs lots of water. 

HERBS

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  90-200 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow seeds indoors any time of year. Plant outdoors after the last frost in a sunny garden with well-drained soil, or grow in a container. Prune regularly to promote bushy growth. In cold climates, bring indoors in fall and grow in a sunny window. 

To dry, collect flowering stems in summer. Tie together at the base and hang bunches upside down in a warm, airy, shaded location. 

VEGETABLES
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FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  71 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow in average soil in early sring, or in midsummer for fall crop. In Deep South, Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, sow from fall to early spring. In rows 24″ apart, sow seeds thinly and cover with 1/4″ of fine soil. Keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  68-78 DAYS TO HARVEST

Soil & Water: Peppers require deeply-worked, well-drained soil with plenty of added organic matter and a pH of 6.0-6.8. Water deeply, but don’t over water.

Planting & Growing: Start seeds indoors 8 weeks before the last frost. Direct seeding is not recommended. Stake to keep fruit off the ground and mulch for disease and weed control. Blossom pruning will improve fruit size. 

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest the first fruits early to encourage continued production through the season. Cut (don’t pull) the fruit from the stems. These peppers may be harvested from the green stage through the color changes. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  87 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow in North in early spring for first crop, again in midsummer for fall crop. In South, sow in the fall. Sow about 8″ apart in rows 24″ apart and cover with 1/4″ of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  80 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow in deep, well-worked, stone-free soil after danger of heavy frost. Sow seeds thinly in rows 12″ apart. Cover with fine soil, firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Do not transplant, as crooked roots may result. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  55 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow in average, well-drained soil in full sun in spring after danger of frost. Sow 4-6 seeds about 3″ apart in hills 36″ apart. Cover with 1″ of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  57 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost, spring to early summer. In rows 18-30″ apart, sow seeds about 3″ apart and cover with 1″ of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand about 6″ apart when seedlings are 1-2 ” tall. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  110-130 DAYS TO HARVEST  

Sow in average soil in full sun in spring after all danger of frost. Sow 6-8 seeds about 3″ apart in hills 8′ apart. Cover with 1/2″ of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings may emerge in 7-14 days. Thin seedlings to 3-4 per hill when they are 1-2″ high. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  105 DAYS TO HARVEST

Sow in fertile, warm soil in full sun after all danger of frost. Sow 4-6 seeds about 3″ apart in hills 4-6′ apart. Cover with 1/2″ of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  60-75 DAYS TO HARVEST

Select a sunny, well-drained location and sow seed as soon as the ground can be worked. Cultivate soil and enrich with vegetable food and organic matter. Firm soil over seed. For early crop start seeds indoors 8-12 weeks before planting outdoors. In frost-free regions, plant in fall for spring harvest. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  68 DAYS TO HARVEST

Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop. Sow seeds 2″ apart in double rows spaced 6″ apart with 24″ between each set of rows. Cover with 1″ of fine soil. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand 4-6″ apart when seedlings are 1-2″ high. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  90 DAYS TO HARVEST

Sow in average soil in full sun in spring after all danger of frost. Sow 4-6 seeds about 3″ apart in hills 4-6″ apart. Cover with 1″ of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin seedlings to 2-3 per hill when they are 1-2″ high. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  30-50 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow in average soil in early spring for first crop, again in late summer for fall crop. In the South, sow in fall. Sow thinly in rows 1 1/2-2′ apart. Cover with 1/2″ of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin gradually to stand 6″ apart. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  48 DAYS TO HARVEST  |  CONTAINER FRIENDLY

Sow in rich, fertile soil after danger of frost. Sow 1-2 seeds about 36″ apart and cover with 1″ of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days. Harvest often and when fruits are small. 

FULL SUN: 6+ HOURS  |  80 DAYS TO HARVEST

Start indoors in a warm, well-lighted area 6-8 weeks before planting outdoors. Sow seeds 1/4″ deep into individual containers filled with seed starting formula. Keep moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days at 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Before transplanting, movie to a sheltered area outside for a week. 

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