Mesa Public Library is partnering with the non-profit organization Garden Pool to offer a Seed Library at Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Road. A grand opening reception will be held tomorrow, May 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. near the non-fiction area.

The Seed Library enables any Mesa Public Library card holder to 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 Seed Library will focus on edible plants that are well suited for the Arizona climate and terrain.

Mesa Public Library is only one of a few libraries in Arizona 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. A Seed Library opened at the Mesa Main Library last fall.

Patrons can access the Seed Library during regular hours Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.

Seeds In-Stock

Roselle

Hibiscus sabdariffa The entire plant of this Hibiscus is red and very beautiful Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germ Date: 6-10 days Harvest: 60-90 days Pack Quantity: 4-5 seeds

Cantaloupe – Hales Best Jumbo

Cucumis melo/Citrullus lanatus ‘hales best jumbo cantaloupe’ The salmon colored flesh of these cantaloupes contains high amounts of natural sugars. A mildly sweet flavor makes them a delicious snack. Planting  Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-10 days Harvest: 70-80 days Packing Quantity: 4 – 5 seeds

Sorghum Milo

Sorghum bicolor Sorghum is a food grain that that is similar to corn and can be used as a feed grain for livestock as well a grain for human consumption. Planting Depth: 1′ Sun: Full to Partial Sun Germination: 3-10 days Harvest: 80-90 days Pack Quantity: 4-5 seeds  

Basil – Thai

Ocimum basilicum This basil is widely used in Southeast Asia, it’s taste is often described as a sweet anise and licorice flavor that has a hint of spiciness. This basil is a staple in popular Thai cuisine. Planting Depth: 1/8-1/4″ Sun: Full Sun Germ Date: 5-10 days Harvest: 64 days Pack Quantity: 1/4 smidgen

Radish – Black Spanish Round

Raphanus sativus ‘Black Spanish Round’ These black skinned radishes are well-known in Europe for their medicinal properties. They are crisp and spicy to fill you with a zest for life! Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full Germination: 6-8 days Harvest: 60 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Zucchini – Black Beauty

Cucurbita pepo ‘Black Beauty’ Black Beauty is a summer squash that is fairly easy to grow and yields an abundant harvest. Dark green, glossy skin says this is a vegetable worth tasting. Planting depth: 1/2 – 1″ Sun: Full Germinate: 7 – 14 days Harvest: 45 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

Watercress – Garden Cress

Lepidium sativum ‘garden cress’ Garden cress is a highly nutritious herb, with a spicy, peppery flavor similar to that of mustard. It grows quickly, reaching up to two feet in height. Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full Germination: 4-14 days Harvest: 30-60 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 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

Sunflower – Grey Striped

Helianthus annuus ‘Mammoth Grey Stripe’ The Grey Striped Sunflower can grow up to twelve feet tall and is adorned with huge yellow flowers. Can be used for bird food or a tasty sunflower seed snack. Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 10-15 days Harvest: 90 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

Squash – Yellow Crookneck

Cucurbita pepo ‘yellow crookneck’ The yellow crookneck squash resembles a swan with a green beak. Much smaller than other squash, it is best harvested at a length of six inches. Planting Depth: 1/2-1″ Sun: Full Germinate: 10-14 days Harvest: 58 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

Swiss Chard – Fordhook Giant

Beta vulgaris ‘fordhook giant’ The leaves of this Swiss Chard are savory and considered the most appetizing chard. Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 5-10 days Harvest: 35-60 days Packing Quantity: 1 smidgen

Squash – Waltham Butternut

Cucurbita moschata ‘waltham’ Butternut squash tastes similar to sweet potatoes but is more mild in flavor. Identified by its long neck and round bottom. Planting Depth: 1/2-1″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-12 days Harvest: 95 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

Spinach – New Zealand

Spinacia oleracea ‘New Zealand’ New Zealand spinach is best grown in the summer and yields thick green leaves. Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 3-8 days Harvest: 60 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

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

Okra – Perkins Long Pod

Abelmoschus esculentus ‘Perkins Long Pod’ The Perkins Long Pod stems grow up to five feet with tender pods. They are best harvested when three to four inches in length. Planting Depth: 1/2-1″ Sun: Full Germinate: 7-14 days Harvest: 55 days Packing Quantity: 4-5 seeds

Mustard – Mibuna (Early)

Brassicaceae brassica ‘mibuna’ An asian green, used in salads for its light mustard taste. The seeds form long, rounded leaves in tight clusters. Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 3-5 days Harvest: 30-45 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Moringa

Moringa oleifera Considered a superfood, Moringa has all the nutrients your little body desires. Its leaves can be added to a salad, or dried and ground into a powder for a powerful boost to your morning smoothie. Planting Depth: 1″ Sun: Full Germinate: 7-14 days Harvest: 150 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

Kale – Red Russian

Brassica oleracea ‘ red russian’ Compared to other Kale, Red Russian has tender leaves. With purple stems and purple veined green leaves, this cruciferous green makes for a beautiful salad base. Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 7-14 days Harvest: 60 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Kale – Lacinto

Brassica oleracea ‘lacinato’ Popularly known as Tuscan Kale, Lacinato Kale seeds produce long, thick, dark green leaves. Tastes best when harvested young and marinated in lemon juice. Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 7-14 days Harvest: 30-60 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Beets – Early Wonder

Beta vulgaris ‘early wonder’ These beets are known more for their leaves than their roots. However, the small globes are tender and sweet making for a delicious snack or an addition to a salad. Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-10 days Harvest: 50-60 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

Bean – Henderson

Phaseolus lunatus ‘henderson’ These babies are small in size, but are great in taste when cooked with just about any meal! Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 6-20 days Harvest: 65 days Pack Quantity: 3-4 Seeds

Basil – Genovese

Ocimum basilicum ‘genovese gigante’ A sweet variety that can be preserved and used for dishes by freezing in olive oil or water, layered alternating leaf and salt in a container, or hung and dried. Planting Depth: 1/8-1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 12-18 days Harvest: 30 days Pack Quantity: 1/4 smidgen

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