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PTPL SEED LIBRARY OPEN
January 9, 2024:
The PTPL Seed Library is officially open! There are currently a few varieties available, and more will come over the next few weeks as volunteers and staff ramp up efforts to ready seeds. You can view available seeds from home through the link above or by CLICKING HERE. Please note there is no longer a signout sheet this year. Simply find your seeds, and take them home. If you have any questions or want to volunteer to count seeds and label envelopes, email Sydney.
Check back here for information about gardening and growing programs. If you have able to speak and share gardening expertise, please complete a Program Proposal Form!
Seed Exchange | Saturday, February 3, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 pm
Seed swaps are an excellent opportunity to save money, reduce waste, discover new varieties, and share with fellow gardeners. Bring your garden and flower seeds to the library and swap will fellow gardeners this winter. Discover new varieties this spring and share tips and tricks with others. Please make sure the seeds are labeled and free of debris. The library will provide envelopes and other materials to help facilitate this swap.
Soil Prep | Tuesday, February 6, 2024 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Before you start planting, come learn how to best prepare your soil for a bountiful harvest! This presentation is presented by members of the Washington County Master Gardeners.
Vegetable Gardens | Monday, February 26, 2024 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Come learn the basics of Vegetable Gardening with the Washington County Master Gardeners.
Growing Orchids | Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
Join an expert from the Orchid Society of Western PA to learn how to care for this botanical wonder. Chuck Oldenburg will share interesting orchid facts, the basics of orchid care, and have different orchids on display. Chuck is a Peters Township resident who has been growing orchids for over 20 years. He currently has between 800 and 1,000 orchids in his collection.
Bring Your Garden to the Sun | Monday, March 4, 2024 | 6:00-7:00 pm
Rarely does a gardener have a yard with the perfect garden spot - typically, poor sun or poor soil, or lack of a yard altogether, get in the way. In truth, anything that can be grown in the ground can succeed using containers or straw bales. This allows for growing healthy crops anywhere the sun shines - including decks, patios and driveways. Craig LeHoullier will lead you through how to make this happen, splitting the workshop time between the two techniques. Be sure to bring all of your questions!
Landscaping with Native Plants | Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Join Dr. Candy DeBerry as she shares information to help you prepare your yard for spring with native plants.
Plant Swap | Monday, April 29, 2024 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Have you started your seedlings and are overwhelmed with success? Are you looking for a different variety of tomatoes or peppers? Does your pothos need a new home? Bring those extra plants to the library and swap them for another variety or plant with other gardeners and growers in the community. You are welcome to bring outdoor and indoor plants.
Plant Sale | Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 9:00-12:00 pm
Join us at the library, rain or shine, for the Giant Oaks Garden Club Annual Plant Sale and Garden Market. This event is one of the fundraisers the club conducts to raise money to support many local projects and community organizations, including the library. The perennial plants offered for sale are grown by club members, and there will be annuals, herbs, vegetables, and hanging baskets available to buy at very reasonable prices. Need some pots for your plants? Check out their garden market as well! The start time will be strictly enforced, so please do not arrive before 9 am.
Tomato Tasting | TBD, Summer 2024
Share tomato varieties with other gardeners!
More online classes with Farm to Table PA - Click here to visit their website to learn more!
- What is a seed library?
A seed library serves to distribute seeds for free in the community. Thanks to donations and funding from the Peters Township Public Library Foundation, we can offer this opportunity to the PT community. Seed libraries help reduce seed waste by repacking seeds into smaller quantities and providing information about successfully growing your seeds.
- What seeds are available?
Various fruit, vegetable, herb, and pollinator flowers are available. You can scan through the binder of seed packets to see what is currently available.
- How do I check out seeds?
We ask that you take a maximum of 10 seed packets weekly. After you select your seeds, you can find them in the labeled drawers. You will sign them out by filling out the date, and your initials, confirming you have a library card, and writing what seeds you are taking.
- What if I don’t see the seeds that I want?
If you have a recommendation or other feedback, please leave a note on the sign-out sheet.
- I checked out seeds, but what do I do next?
Seed packets have some basic planting information, and we have some brochures that also cover the basics. Different plants and varieties require very different care. We strongly encourage you to review the provided information in the binder and search online to find more information from the seed provider.
- How can I donate seeds?
You can donate seeds by completing a seed donation form and dropping your seeds off at the front desk. Unopened seeds in their original package do not need a form completed. Please note that the state has certain criteria that must be met to redistribute seeds.
- What other gardening resources does the library have?
In addition to books and magazines about gardening and plants, there are also several Great Courses and Gale Courses that can help you learn more. We have programs throughout the year to support you as well.