What’s Growing in the Seed Library

What’s Growing in the Seed Library

If you haven’t noticed the Seed Library around the second floor of the Library lately, don’t worry. It will be back soon. In fact, after distributing a record-breaking number of seed packets for the 2022 growing season, we’re hard at work getting seed packets ready for your spring 2023 planting.

Preparing Seed Packets

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been selecting and ordering seeds, and now the packaging and labeling has begun! On Nov. 12 and 19, our Teen Community Service Club will help package and label seeds with take-home kits. If you are a teen or know one who needs to earn community service hours, this is a great way to get them on your own schedule … and help the Library, too! Adults are also welcome to help. Sign up for a spot on our Library events calendar.

Upcoming Gardening Events

We’re also hosting several gardening events to help participants learn more about home gardening. Tonight, Nov. 2, we’re offering our annual Seed Swap, where experienced and beginner gardeners can expand their garden and share their favorite seeds. Also on Mon., Nov. 14, we’re hosting a workshop on rain chains, rain barrels and rain gardens. Both events are offered in collaboration with the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department.

Common Milkweed Seeds for Your Garden

Just as the Seed Library never really rests, neither does your garden. Did you know, for instance, that some seeds and bulbs grow best when planted in the fall? Some thrive because they like cooler temperatures. Others need cold stratification, or being in the ground over the winter, in order to bloom in the spring.

Common milkweed, a seed we offer in our Seed Library, is one that needs cold stratification, which means now is the perfect time of year to plant it. Milkweed also is a great addition to any garden because it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, particularly Monarch butterflies. For one week only, Nov. 7 – 11, we’re offering packets of Common milkweed seeds from the Seed Library to anyone who wants them (while supplies last). Just stop by the Teen & Adult Reference desk to get yours.

To learn more about how to cultivate Common milkweed and other butterfly friendly plants, visit the Indiana Wildlife Federation’s Indiana Monarch & Pollinator Conservation Hub or check out these resources available from Evergreen Indiana: