“Check Out” the Seed Library

Written by Cricket

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If you know me, then you know that I have always loved the library. In fact, I have a cart that I take there to fill up with videos, audiobooks, magazines, and lots and lots of kids’ books. Well, not so many kids’ books now that we aren’t homeschooling, but still, I have not had an empty library account in more years than I can count. Now, our library, #Phoenix Public library, is also providing seeds from #Native Seed Search. How exciting!


One thing I really appreciate is that not only do they provide non-GMO seeds that grow in our environment, but they also display a variety of books to check out to help you in your gardening journey. Bravo Phoenix Public Library! This particular spot is at the Mesquite Library in North Phoenix.


All you need to do is look at what you should be planting right now (using one of the local planting calendars) and pick out some seeds. Don’t worry, you don’t need to bring them back. You check them out like you check out a book, but they are yours to keep.


Something else the library provides is gardening classes! I love it when our community fills a need like this. Of course there are other places that offer gardening information, but this is a great central location where people are already going. If you live in Phoenix, this is just another reason to visit your local library.


These are the first seeds that I “checked out.” I’ve already planted them and they are up and growing. Don’t forget to save some of your seeds so that you have more next year. Then you can be a seed library too.


About the author


Welcome to my blog! I’m Cricket (yes, my parents named me that!) and I’m a natural homesteader. Growing up in rural Idaho with a garden, a horse, and lots of canned food, I like to bring those sensibilities to my suburban home in Phoenix, Arizona. Add a little dose of cottage garden flavor and permaculture tendencies, and you’ll see why GardenVariety.Life is a reflection of everything I do.

I truly enjoy sharing the skills that promote a meaningful and practical connection to our gardens and environment. Because so many residents of the metro phoenix area are transplants, I find that the area’s unique desert climate is often misunderstood and underestimated in terms of what is possible. That’s where the fun begins. Arizona is a burgeoning permaculture haven with homesteading written all over it, and there is nothing I enjoy more than encouraging others to jump in and give it a try.