Library accepting donations for this year’s Seed Exchange

by beth on January 8, 2021

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Above: Do you have some great seeds you collected from your garden harvest last year? You can contribute them to the community Seed Exchange coordinated by the Southborough Library. (images L-R from flickr by Cindy Shebley and Facebook)

The Southborough Library is working towards launching its 2021 season of the Seed Exchange in March. Towards that end, they are encouraging gardeners to donate seeds they collected last summer and fall. A collection box has been placed outside of the Library by the curbside pickup tables.

Last spring, the Library successfully launched its seed exchange. Staff were able to share with patrons over 60 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers seeds in individual packets in time to start indoor growing. Since then, the Library has been expanding its gardening focused offerings.

With help from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Library has been holding semi-monthly workshops over zoom. The “DIG IN! Garden Information Series” began in the fall and is continuing with more programs scheduled for January and February. 

The Library also has plans for a Community Garden and hopes allow patrons to check out mobile “gardening kits” this spring. (You can read the full press release with more grant details here. For more details on the seed exchange, click here.)

As for the workshop series, below is a reminder of the details.

Each session, led by Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens, takes place from 7:00 – 8:00 pm on a Monday. To sign up through Southborough Recreation, click the links below: 

Herb Gardening from Facebook BVVGHerb Gardening – January 11th

Let’s face it…. store bought herbs, either fresh or dried, can really put a strain on your wallet. Why not grow your own?

Composting 101 – January 25th

Composting 101 from-BVVG-FacebookDid you know you can recycle all your kitchen scraps and yard waste, and turn it into beneficial food for your plants?

Yep. We’ve got it all covered, from the “how to” to the “how much”.

The Pollinator Garden – February 8th

Pollinator Garden from Facebook BVVG“Pollinators are the life blood for good production. We will explore ways to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial aspects to your garden.”

Raised Bed Gardening – February 22nd

Raised Bed Garden from Facebook BVVGEverything you ever wanted to know about raised beds, including how to build, fill, site, and plant them.

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