The Seed Library

The Seed Library at La Crosse Public Library was launched in February, 2013, with the help of a grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation. Our mission is to lend free heirloom seeds to community members in order to teach and promote the art of heirloom seed saving and sharing. We support local sustainability efforts that encourage growing and eating wholesome, fresh, affordable food.

August Check-In

Can you believe it's August already and that we're seeing precious packets of seeds coming back from you? It's time to watch your garden every day  so that you can select the very best seeds to return. My lettuce is flowering, my cumin seeds are browning, my Zinnias are full of butterflies and the zucchini is delicious. If you have misplaced your Save this Seed instructions, we have plenty more for you, at the library, or downloadable, from the below links (Save this Seed).  

Basics: Be aware. Choose the best. Separate the seeds from the plant. Dry seeds for at least two weeks. Package the dry seeds in the envelopes we've provided, then return them to the Check-out desk at Main. No need to hurry; most seeds come back to us in September or October. 

We hope that you are enjoying your heirloom vegetables as much as we are. --Cindy M.

Save this Seed

Ground Cherry   Peas   Culinary Herbs   Herbs for Health   Tomatoes

eans    Biennials    Flowers

Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA, has great webinars, including several on saving seeds. Click on the playlist to view titles; Seed Saving for Beginners is a good starting point. 

To learn how to flail and winnow with a fan view these videos: Seed Cleaning: Fanning or Winnowing and How to Clean Seeds Using an Electric Fan.