by, 03-12-2014 at 12:23 AM (1045 Views)
FREE! - One of my favorite words in the dictionary. Not only does it provide me with something I need or want, it also gives it to me with basically no obligation.
Our local library has started a great new program that helps people grow their gardens - for FREE - and if you know anything about planting a garden, you know seeds can be very costly.
The gist of the program is basically as follows:
It is a seed lending program. The seeds have been locally cultivated and adapted to our region/climate/soils. People can check out seeds (yes, like a book). They then plant the seeds they "borrowed." At harvest time, the borrower will save seeds and return them to the library.
The library is also offering free classes on organic gardening, plant protection/preservation, and seed saving.
Another great place to seek seeds is at Co-Ops, Agricultural Extension Offices, Arboretums, Botanic Gardens, family, friends, & neighbors.