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Community Seed Saving & Lending Library

​Community Seed Saving Program & Lending Library

The Township of King has partnered with the King Township Public Library to launch a Community Seed Saving Program. We are looking for your seeds!  If you have vegetable or wildflower seeds, share your seeds with the community today!

 

Easy Steps to Save Seeds

Once your plants are mature, save the seeds! Return the seeds you save to the seed library where you will fill out a donation form with all the necessary information about the seeds. Once we have collected a variety of seeds our goal is to launch a Community Seed Library. By borrowing, growing, and returning seeds, you're helping to ensure that our community has access to an affordable, diverse seed collection.

Gather Seeds

  • If you are collecting and saving seeds from your own plants, spread the seeds on newspaper and air-dry them for roughly a week

  • Write seed names on the newspaper so that there's no mix up as to what the seeds are

  • Once the seeds are all dried, pack them into small paper packets or envelopes and label them with the plant name, the date and location of harvest! (Most seeds last for three years)

Keep Seeds Dry

  • To help keep the seeds dry, place rice grains inside the storage container with the seed packets

  • You can also add a packet of silica gel in with the seeds. Replace every six months

Where & How to Store

  • Keep seed packets in plastic food storage bags, plastic film canisters, mason jars with tight lids or paper envelopes

  • Once you have gotten your storing container, think dry and cool no matter where you store the seeds

  • Because humidity and warmth shorten a seed's shelf life, the refrigerator is generally the best place to store seeds, but make sure to keep the seed-storage containers well away from the freezer section of the refrigerator

Ready to Go

  • When you're ready to plant, remove seed containers from the refrigerator and keep them closed until the seeds warm to room temperature. Otherwise, moisture in the air will condense on the seeds, causing them to clump and stick together

  • It is important to remember that even if you are very organized and careful about storing seeds, accept the fact the some will not germinate the following year

Seed Donation Locations

Return the seeds you save to the seed library where you will fill out a donation form with all the necessary information about the seeds.

Schomberg Library (77 Main Street, Schomberg, ON L0G1T0)

King Township Municipal Centre (2585 King Road, King City, ON L7B 1A1)

Additional Resources

HOW TO SAVE TOMATOE SEEDS

https://seeds.ca/d/?n=seedlibrary/community/how_to_save_tomato_handout.pdf

HOW TO SAVE LETTUCE SEEDS

https://seeds.ca/d/?n=seedlibrary/community/how_to_save_lettuce_handout.pdf

 HOW TO SAVE BEAN & PEA SEEDS

https://seeds.ca/d/?n=seedlibrary/community/how_to_save_pea_and_bean_handout.pdf

Contact Information

For more information please contact environmentalstewardship@king.ca or call  905-833-6555.