The early bird gets the seeds at the Wautoma Public Library this Spring. The Wautoma Library is opening a seed saving collection this Wednesday, April 9. Seed saving libraries are cropping up all over the USA, including Green Lake and La Crosse. The concept is simple. Libraries provide small packets of heirloom seeds for patrons to check-out. There is no due date; instead the library asks that patrons save a small portion of their harvest as seeds and then return these seeds to the library for next year’s check out if successful. The idea is to promote gardening and seed saving and educate people on these timely topics. The Wautoma Library will also host a seed saving workshop in early May with the help of the Waushara Master Gardeners. The workshop will cover seed saving basics such as what seeds are “saveable”, how to avoid cross-pollination when planting, what types of seed are easy to save and which types are hard to save, etc. Date is TBA. The seeds available at the library are all in the easy to save category including: black beauty eggplant, mammoth grey stripe sunflower, Italian large leaf basil, sabor cilantro, single blend nasturtium, California wonder pepper, burpee’s jubilee heirloom tomato, Chinese giant sweet pepper, rocket salad arugula. Seeds purchased through Jung’s include: rainbow heirloom mix tomato, Mr. Stripey tomato, buttercrunch lettuce, improved tendergreen bean, top crop bean, little marvel garden pea, and Parris Island cos. Items such as peppers and tomatoes should be started early indoors. The other items can be planted directly. Patrons will be able to check out one packet of beans, and three other seed variety packets. Supplies are limited, so visit the library soon. Also, if you get the chance please thank Jung’s in Steven’s Point for the discount they provided the library.