Indianapolis Public Library ‘Plants’ Seeds at Glendale Branch
Indy residents now have more to check out from the Indianapolis Public Library (IPL) than just their extensive collection of books and DVDs. The Glendale Branch is now offering the urban homesteader the opportunity to borrow seeds.
Free and open to the public, the seed library offers many types including produce seeds with organic and heirloom options, and perennial native plant seeds. Patrons may check out up to five packets per visit and a total of 15 packets per season. At the end of the growing season, borrowers are encouraged to save seeds from their crop to plant the following year and, if there are enough, to donate some back to the library. Also available for checkout are educational resources on growing food, saving seeds and organic gardening.
In addition, IPL invites gardeners of all skill levels and ages to learn more about many gardening topics during a free series presented by Purdue Extension Master Gardeners and made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. Harvesting & Preserving Your Garden Crops, led by Christina Ferroli, Ph.D., R.D., and Extension Educator for the Purdue Extension-Marion County, will cover water bathing and pressure canning plus basic food safety, at 10:30 a.m. on July 11.