Do you save seeds from your favorite vegetables? Many gardeners do, so they can grow them again the next year. Seed-saving also gives you a more locally acclimated version of your plant, which could produce better or come ripe earlier. If you’re saving seeds this year, how about sharing some with the King County Seed Lending Library? The library will be hosting a “Seed Homecoming” on Friday, Sept. 25, 4-7 p.m., at the Phinney Farmers Market at the Phinney Neighborhood Association: 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.
At the event, librarians will accept fresh homegrown seeds from vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. All donations should be labeled with the variety.
Library volunteers will demonstrate how to save and winnow seeds, and will show the results of germination testing that is being done on some of the library’s holdings. The library is hosted by the Phinney Neighborhood Association in its Tool Lending Library, and is free and accessible during tool library hours.
If you want to try saving seeds but are unsure how to do it, visit the library’s website, www.kingcoseed.org, for instructions and links.
Thank you to our friend Bill Thorness for the information and for hosting such a great event!
Bill Thorness is a talented gardener and author here in Seattle!
Books: Cool-Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round
Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden