It’s never too early to start planning your garden for the year, and we’ve got your vegetable patch covered at the Grimsby Grows Seed Library. We’re all stocked up on a bunch of varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, squash, peas, herbs, and so much more – you definitely have a great selection to choose from! Pick up your FREE seed packs and start your seedlings at home over the next couple of weeks so they’ll be ready to plant at the beginning of the growing season.
To help you build your veggie growing powers, we’ve lined up a great program this April with gardening expert Wendy Fletcher to teach you how to get the most out of your plants. Make sure you call the Library at 905.945.5142 to get more information and to register for this informative workshop. More details will show up soon on the Grimsby Public Library’s website, or check out our most recent newsletter here.
New to the Grimsby Grows Seed Library?
Check out Seed Library 101 below:
Where is the Grimsby Grows Seed Library located?
The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is located at the Grimsby Public Library in the fireplace lounge area at the end of the magazine shelving. We have devised a seed check-out station there for your convenience.
When is the Grimsby Grows Seed Library open?
The Grimsby Grows Seed Library is open during the year from the beginning of spring to the end of fall. You can access our collection any time the Grimsby Public Library is open.
What kind of seeds does the Grimsby Grows Seed Library have?
Our collection is mainly made up of vegetable seeds. Everything from root grown vegetables, to plant grown vegetables, to vine grown vegetables – Our only rule is that they MUST be heirloom varieties. We also carry some varieties of fruit and sunflower seeds, but DO NOT carry any other flower seeds.
Types of seeds we usually always have (with many different varieties of each):
• Tomatoes • Herbs
• Peppers • Squash
• Beans • Peas
How to Borrow Seeds:
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Find the Grimsby Grows Seed Library station in the Fireplace Lounge area of the library.
2. We store our collection of seeds in small, pre-filled envelopes which are clearly labelled and then organized alphabetically in boxes. Once you choose the varieties you would like to check out, locate the appropriate envelopes and remove them from their box.
3. Using the provided checkout form fill out your name, library card number, and the varieties of seeds you have selected. Bring the checkout form to the library service counter on your way out. This helps us keep track of what varieties we need to replenish.
Enjoy! It’s that easy. Now you just take them home to plant in your yard or container garden.
How to Return or Donate Seeds:
First, read the How to Save Seeds brochures in the section below, then follow these steps:
1. Harvest seeds from your crops, setting some aside for both yourself and the library.
2. Place seeds you are going to return to the library into an envelope or container, and clearly label with the seed variety and year of harvest. (*You can pick up pre-labelled envelopes at the Grimsby Grows Seed Library station)
3. Bring your labelled seeds to the Library and drop them off at the service counter. They will be added to the collection so that other people will be able to borrow them.
For even more info about the Grimsby Grows Seed Library, visit the GPL’s website!