Huntington Beach Public Library Central Branch offers a seed lending program

Post Date:02/15/2016 11:00 AM

The Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Ave, HB, CA 92648, is partnering with Garden Pool and is offering a seed lending program. The Seed Library is stored in a hand-crafted card catalog on the first floor of the Central Library. Any Huntington Beach Public Library card holder can check out up to three seed packets per month, plant, and donate seeds back to the Seed Library at the end of the growing season.

The Huntington Beach Public Library is only one of a few libraries in California to offer a seed lending program. This movement has been spreading throughout the United States to create a sustainable and diverse stock of seeds for households and communities to freely access.

“Seed Libraries provide the public with access to free seeds for their garden to grow nutritious food.” Garden Pool President, Dennis McClung said. “Garden Pool feels that the partnership with Huntington Beach Public Library will prove to be a very popular feature at this amazing library. Garden Pool wanted to bring a public seed library to Orange County, but we needed the right place with volunteers. That’s where Huntington Beach Public Library stepped in. We are all very excited for the ribbon cutting ceremony on March 19th at 2:30 p.m. at the Central Branch and home of the new Seed Library.”

The Seed Library will focus on edible plants that are well suited for the Southern California climate and terrain. There will be future free classes at the Library on seed starting, seed saving and how to cook from your garden.

Patrons can access the Seed Library during regular Library hours Monday from 1 p.m. through 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library is closed on Sunday.

The Seed Library is run entirely on volunteers. To volunteer or to learn more about Garden Pool, visit: GardenPool.org/volunteer or call (480)532-5821. To learn more about the Huntington Beach public Library, visit: HBPL.org or call (714) 842-4481.

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Seeds In-Stock.

Chervil Plain Leaf

Anthriscus cerefolium ‘Chervil’ Planting Depth: 1/8″ Sun: Full Germinate: 5-15 days Harvest: 60 days Pack Quantity: 1 pinch

Radish – Daikon

Raphanus sativus var. Longipinnatus ‘Daikon Radish’ Very large, mild flavored radish from East Asia, They are crisp and spicy just with the right kick in life! Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full Germination: 6-8 days Harvest: 10-15 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Lima Bean – Christmas

Phaseolus lunatus ‘christmas’ Rich in flavor these vibrant large white lima beans, with beautiful dark red splashes heavy yield even in very hot weather. Planting Depth: 1 1/2″ to 2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 6-10 days Harvest: 85-100days Pack Quantity: 3 Beans

Amaranth- Red Leaf

Amaranthus Gangeticus Linn.  Known as Red Calaloo in the Caribbean, this oval leaf has flavor similar to spinach and is commonly used in soups. Planting Depth: 1/8-1/4″ Sun: Partial to Full Sun Harvest: 49-63 days Pack Quantity: 1/4 smidgen

Tomato – Roma

Solanum lycopersicum ‘Roma’ Roma tomatoes grow abundantly with a firm body. You’ll know this tasty fruit by its bright red skin and oblong shape. Planting Depth: 1/8 – 1/4″ Sun: Full Germination: 7-14 days Harvest: 70-80 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Tomato – Large Red Cherry

Planting Depth: 1/8 – 1/4 in.

Sun: Full

Germination: 5-10 days

Harvest: 75 days

Swiss Chard – Ruby Red

Beta vulgaris ‘ruby red’

This cruciferous vegetable has dark red veins and stems decorated with deeply green leaves. Grows fast and strong.

Planting Depth: 1/2″

Sun: Full to Partial

Germinate: 7 days

Harvest: 30-50 days

Spinach – Bloomsdale

Spinacia oleracea ‘bloomsdale’ A very nutritious Spinach variety with copious amounts of large leaves. Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 3-8 days Harvest: 45 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Pepper – Early Jalape

Capsicum annuum ‘jalapeno’

With the Early Jalapeno breed you will receive early and consistent peppers. They will have a thick, dark green skin and resemble the shape of a cone.

Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″

Sun: Full

Germinate: 14-21 days

Harvest: 75 days

Onion – Tokyo Long Bunching

Allium cepa ‘Tokyo long bunching’ With a single, long stem emerging from a white bulb, these onions are easy to chop and taste great fresh. Planting Depth: 1/8-1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-12 days Harvest: 75 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Onion – Ruby

Allium cepa ‘ruby’ These purple, red onions grow large and produce a crisp, spicy flesh. Planting Depth: 1/8-1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 10-15 days Harvest: 100 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Nasturtium – Empress of India

Tropaeolum manus ’empress of India’ These exceptionally bright flowers are a beautiful addition to any garden and may serve as a pest repellant. Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 8 days Harvest: 35-55 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

Marigold – Crackerjack

Asteroideae Tagetes ‘crackerjack’ Marigolds are a bright, puffy flower that have been known to deter some garden pests. Colors included in this mix are yellow, orange, and gold. Planting Depth: 1/8″ Sun: Full Germinate: 7 days Harvest: 70-84 days Packing Quantity: 1 pinch

Lettuce – Gourmet Blend Mesclun

Lactuca sativa A lettuce that serves as a staple green for any spring mix salad. Crisp, fresh and oh so delicious. Planting Depth: 1/8-1/4″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 7-14 days Harvest: 70 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Collards – Georgia Southern

Brassica oleracea ‘georgia southern’ Georgia southern collard greens are sweet rather than bitter and display a blue green leaf when mature. They can grow up to 36 inches. Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 5-10 days Harvest: 75 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Carrot – Little Finger

Daucus carota ‘sativus’ Miniature carrots that taste sweet and tender. These babies will brighten up your day with that orange color you’ve been craving. Eat them raw or cooked. Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 12-16 days Harvest: 68 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Brussel Sprouts – Long Island

Brassica oleracea ‘long island’ You can think of a brussel sprout as a mini cabbage! Loaded with vitamins C and K, these little morsels are great in a side of steamed vegetables. Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-12 days Harvest: 90-100 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Bell Pepper – California Wonder

Capsicum annuum ‘california wonder’ These crisp, juicy Bell Peppers are one of America’s favorite plants. They grow strong and are easy to cultivate. Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 14-21 days Harvest: 75-80 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Beets – Sugar

Beta vulgaris ‘sugar’ The sugar beet gets its name from the high concentration of sucrose in its root. They become quite large and require ample room to grow in the soil. Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-10 days Harvest: 90 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

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