Thursday, March 19, 2020

How to get Seeds from the Seed Library

White Bear Lake Seed Library Seed Distribution Plan

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 virus and the closure or limited operation of the Ramsey County libraries, the Seed Library seeds are at my house. When it becomes possible, the seeds will be put back in the White Bear Lake library.

During the interim, I will provide seeds via seed distribution pickup days so you can still get seeds from the seed library. I know some of you are getting anxious to start tomatoes, peppers and other long crop vegetables and flowers. I will continue to have seed distribution pickup days as long as it remains useful, probably once a week, with various dates and times. Please pass on this information to anyone who might want to use the seed library as I can only notify the people on the seed library email list of these changes.

So here is how you can get seeds from the Seed Library:

1. Email me ( a list of seeds you would like, including the common name and variety or scientific name of the plant. Please include your name as a few of your emails don’t have a name attached to them. If the pickup date does not work for you, please suggest alternate dates/times. The more alternates you suggest the more likely you will get your seeds. It would be helpful to include a phone number so if it I need to contact you close to the pickup time, I could do so. Or for that matter, if you haven’t showed up and need another reminder!  :)

As of now, March 29th, the next pickup date is not scheduled. I am pausing the seed pickups until after April 10th   as I am guessing this would not be considered essential. Though I could easily argue growing seeds that produce vegetables is just as essential as buying food at a grocery store!
I will update this posting and send everyone on the email list a notice when I have scheduled the next pickup date. You can still send me seed orders and I will fill them and hold them at my house until the next seed pickup date.

I have made a list of seeds we have now in the seed library and posted these lists on the blog site:

The lists are updated regularly, so please check them before selecting your seeds. As I do not maintain a digital database of currently available seeds this is just a bare bones list, containing the plant name and maybe a word or two about its characteristics. Our seed varieties change from year to year as well as quantities change on a daily basis, so it would be very time consuming to have a web based inventory.  Though, I would support anyone who would like to volunteer to set this up.

You can search the internet to find more information about each variety. I know this isn’t as convenient as paging through the catalog, but this is what we have right now. If you have any questions or problems selecting seeds, please send me an email.

Refer to these seed library blog posts:
You can also go to the blog site and on the right hand side is ‘Blog Archive’. Look for the blog post labeled ‘Tomato Seeds in Seed Library’, etc. to find the lists.

2. I will get your seed packets and put them in a paper bag with your name on it. Note that I will wash my hands before packaging your seeds. I will send you a confirmation email so you know your seeds are ready for pickup.

3. On the pickup date I will be at the White Bear Lake library parking lot where you can pick up your bag of seeds. Please maintain a social distance or as some say, “6 foot rule”, from me and other people who may be there. What that means is stay at least 6 feet away from me or anyone else who is picking up seeds. I doubt there will be many people coming so it should not be a problem. I will not hand you your bag of seeds, you must pick up your own bag. That sounds so drastic, but I know it’s necessary for everyone involved. If you have time, please say Hi to me. Tell me what you plan to grow. I still enjoy talking with fellow gardeners even at a 6 foot distance!

Note: The seed drawers and the seed catalogs will NOT be at the pickup. I have no way to sanitize these items between people. You must tell me ahead of time what seeds you want.

Note: If you do not feel comfortable with any exposure to other people you may not want to participate. At the seed pickup everyone will maintain a social distance, but do whatever you need to do to make yourself feel safe. Your wellness is a priority! If you are sick also please do not participate. Seeds are essential to grow food to maintain life, but it is not essential everyone grows their own food or plants.

Remember this difficult time will pass. Enjoy Nature. Be outside.

Contact info for the Seed Library:

Vegetable and Herbs Seeds in the Seed Library

Maxibel Haricot Vert – bush beans, 50 days
Bountiful – bush bean, 45-50 days
Mayflower – pole bean, 95 days
Pinto – unknown variety
Painted Pony – snap & dry bean, 55-85 days

Black Seeded Simpson -
Little Gem – green, 50-55 days
Lettuce Mixture – mixed, 40-45 days
Red Orache – red, 45 days
Endive – Green Cured, 70 days
Green Oakleaf – green, 50 days
Gold Rush – green, 50-60 days
Merveille des Quatre Sausons – red and green
Miner’s lettuce – green, 42 days
Romaine –  Breen, 68 days
Romaine – Parris Island Cos, 65 days
Forellenschluss – green with red speckled splotches, 55 days
Arugula – green, 40 days

Progress No 9 – garden pea, 58-63 days
Mammoth Melting Sugar – snow pea, 70-75 days
Extra Early Little Marvel – shelling pea, 58-63 days
Sugar Daddy – stringless edible pea pod, 60-65 days

Long Pepper Blend – sweet pepper, 72 days
California Wonder – red sweet pepper, 65 days
Banana – sweet pepper, yellow, 60 days
Serrano – hot
Thai – hot
Jalapeno – hot, 85 days
Georgia Flame – hot, 90 days
Grandpa’s Home – hot, 70 days

Other Veggies:
Broccoli - Waltman 29, di Ciccio
Broccoli Raab
Cabbage – Brunswick, Early Jersey Wakefield
Carrot – St. Valery, Red Core Chantenay, Touchon, Cosmic Purple
Chard – Red Rhubarb
Cress - Belle Island
Cucumber – Russian Pickling, Mexican Sour Gherkin, Lemon, Homemade Pickles, Longfellow
Eggplant – Asian
Gourd - Luffa
Kale – Red Russian, Nero di Toscana
Melon – PMR Delicious, Hearts of Gold
Okra – Clemson Spineless
Onion – He Shi Ko-Bunching
Pak Choy
Parsnip – Hollow Crown
Pumpkin - Giant
Radish – Cherry Belle, White Icicle, Philadelphia White Root, Chinese Red Meat,
D’Avignon, Sparkler White top, Chinese Green Luobo
Zucchini – Costata Romanesco
Squash – Waltham Butternut, Buttercup
Spinach – American, Red Malabar
Tomatillos – Grande Rio Verde, Aunt Molly’s, Green
Turnip – Purple Top White Globe

Anise Hyssop
Basil – Cinnamon, Dark Purple Opal, Spicy Globe, Large Leaf
Chive – Common
Garlic Chives
Greek Oregano – organic
Parsley – Moss Curled, Italian Giant
Parsley Root
Sage – organic
Salad Burnett