Seed Saving at Wautoma Library

ImageBe an early bird, if you’d like the best seeds, at the Wautoma Public Library this Spring.  The Wautoma Library's Seed Saving Collection is now fully open.  Seed saving libraries are cropping up all over the USA, including Green Lake, Wild Rose, 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 Shar-A-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.  Thanks to generous donations by the Shara-A-Gardeners, the Friends of the Wautoma Public Library and seed companies like Prairie Nursery of Westfield, Seed Savers Exchange, and Hudson Valley Seed Library this year's selection is excellent.  Most seeds available at the library are in the easy to save category, a few require a little more skill.  Selection includes: pencil pod wax ben, provider bean, snowball cauliflower, bushy cucumber, forellenschluss lettuce, red butterhead lettuce, amish snap pea, dwarf gray sugar pea, black hungarian pepper, napoleon sweet pepper, brandywine tomato, green zebra tomato, gold rush currant, Martino's roma tomato, Sheboygan tomato, Wisconsin 55 tomato, blacktail mountain watermelon, golden midget watermelon, mixed colors broomcorn sorghum, genovese basil, cilantro, bouquet dill, giant from italy parsley, rosemary, summer savory, calendula mixture, love in a mist, moonflower, grandpa Ott's morning glory, tip top nasturtium, lady bird nasturtium, lemon queen sunflower, mongolian giant sunflower, teddy bear sunflower, purple coneflower, black eyed susan.  There is also other various donated seeds.  Supplies are limited, in fact a few selections (like kale and ground cherry) are already out, so visit the library soon.  Don't miss this chance!  Learn a new skill!  Learn about sustainability!  Have fun!