Monday, December 11, 2017

Next Seed Packaging Event

The Winter Farmer's Market was well attended!
Bev and I enjoyed talking to all of you who stopped by the Seed Library table. It was nice to see so many people interested in gardening and taking advantage of the late season produce available. We added 39 people to the email list!
One question that came up repetitively was How do I start native plant seeds?
I gave a class this fall, but there is still a need for this information, so at the next seed packaging event, I'll demonstrate 3 of the methods to start native plant seeds.

Seed Packaging Event
Monday, Jan 29, 2018
4:30-8:00 pm
Open event - come when you can
Fun for all! Treats provided!
White Bear Lake Library
2150 S 2nd St
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

I hope you can make it to this event. I'll demonstrate winter seed starting methods multiple times during the event as needed.
Please note, inclement weather may cause this to be canceled. Contact the library if uncertain. I will send out an email if canceled.

Remember, please consider donating some seeds you saved or a commercial package of seeds (open-pollinated only). The seed library depends on seed donations to continue to offer seeds to everyone!

Have a wonderful Holiday Season

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Seed Library will be at Winter Market at Tamarack Nature Center

Come to the Winter Market!
Saturday, December 9th from 10-2
Inside at Tamarack Nature Center

Many local vendors and producers will be at the Market and there is free cider too.

You'll also find a display about the White Bear Lake Seed Library and a selection of seeds.

Find info about the Winter Market at  Winter Farmer's Market

I will be there and I'd love to meet you, so stop by and let me know how your garden grew this summer!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Seed Library Update

Maybe you are missing digging in the dirt or maybe you are happy to hang up your shovel for a long winter nap. In any case, you'll want to start thinking about next years gardens soon and the Seed Library can help you with that!

I have added over 700 packets of seeds to the library, mostly native plants, herbs, annuals, and perennials. Many thanks to the volunteers who have come out to help package seed packets during November. We will be packaging more seed packets after the first of the year. I'll send info about dates and time later.

Some of the seeds I added need to be started quite early, such as native plants, impatiens, onions, and other annuals and perennials, so you might want to be doing some seed shopping at the library soon. There are still lots of vegetable seeds in the library as well, but we'll be adding many more after January.

Some really cool facts about the White Bear Lake Seed Library;

1. There are 105 members of the seed library of which 75 people are on the coolest email list of all.
2. Almost 1,500 seed packets were 'checked out' from the seed library from Jan-Nov 2017! This is 3 times the amount from last year.
3. Over 200 hours of volunteer time was generously given to package seeds in 2017. Also many, many hours were volunteered to solicit companies for seed packets, create the seed catalog, research info on specific plant varieties, maintain blog site, count seed packets every month, and keeping the drawers stocked. Truly a community resource!
4. Over 23 people have donated seeds, plus many anonymous donors as well as 9 commercial companies. 

Keep spreading the word about the seed library!
Think happy thoughts about next year's gardens,