The Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., has partnered with Garden Pool in offering a seed lending program. The Seed Library is stored in an unused card catalog on the second floor of the Main Library. Any Mesa 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.

“We’ve always valued partnerships at the Library,” Mesa Library Director, Heather Wolf said. “Garden Pool has been pursuing a seed lending program and needed a place and volunteers for it to become a reality. Naturally, we thought this partnership would flourish based on the success of our Stuff-brary and other non-traditional lending programs at the Library. We are excited to see how this program will grow in the near future.”

The Seed Library focuses on edible plants that are well suited for the Arizona 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 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

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

Turnip – Golden Ball

Brassica rapa Introduced prior to 1859, this turnip grows into perfectly shaped 3-4″ amber globes. Planting Depth: 1/2-1″ Sun: Full to Partial Sun Germination: 4-14 days Harvest: 55 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

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

Watermelon – All Sweet

Citrullus lanatus ‘all sweet’ These melons are perfect for warmer climates. They produce a plump and refreshing fruit to be enjoyed on a hot summer’s day. Planting Depth: 1/2-1″ Sun: Full Germination: 5-8 days Harvest: 90 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

Watermelon – Black Diamond

Citrullus lanatus ‘black diamond’ This watermelon has a tough skin and sizeable leaves as a means to protect its flesh from the summer sun. This way,  you can munch on its sweet, succulent fruit! Planting Depth: 1/2-1″ Sun: Full Germination: 5-8 days Harvest: 90 days Packing Quantity: 3-4 seeds

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

Swiss Chard – Large White Ribbed

Beta vulgaris ‘large white ribbed’ With plenty of Vitamin K, this tasty green can enhance any salad, soup, or side dish. Planting Depth: 1/2″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 5-10 days Harvest: 60 days Packing Quantity: 1 smidgen

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 – 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

Pok Choi – White (Chinese)

Brassica rapa ‘Chinese’ This plant has a bulbous stalk and produces stems with dark green leaves. Pok Choi is a Chinese cabbage that tastes great in oriental soups. Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 10-14 days Harvest: 30-60 days Packing Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Parsley – Giant of Italy

Petroselinum crispum ‘Giant of Italy’

Parsley has been cultivated as a spice, herb, and vegetable. Usually used as a garnish.

Planting Depth: 1/4″

Sun: Full

Germinate: 10-14 days

Harvest: 60-70 days

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

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

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

Marigold – Petite Mix

Asteroideae Tagetes This mix of marigolds produces smaller flowers, but many yield a double flower. Perfect for a bit of eye candy to complement your garden. Planting Depth: 1/8″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 5-10 days Harvest: 60-120 days Packing Quantity: 1 pinch

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

Kale – Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch

Brassica oleracea ‘dwarf blue curled scotch’ The dwarf blue curled scotch Kale is a compact plant that produces hardy leaves. Tastes sweeter if harvested after winter frosts. Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 7-14 days Harvest: 76 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Eggplant – Long Purple

Solanum melongena ‘long purple’ This eggplant is longer and thinner than others, yet still has the characteristic glossy, purple skin. Tasty white flesh absorbs flavors very well. Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-10 days Harvest: 75 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Eggplant – Black Beauty

Solanum melongena ‘black beauty’ Dark and thick, Black Beauty is the most commonly marketed eggplant. Ripens early and produces a globular fruit with soft but firm white flesh. Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 8-10 days Harvest: 74 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Celery -Tall Utah

Apium graveolens ‘tall utah’ Most used variety. Great addition to soups, stews, or for use as a dipping agent in peanut butter, ranch, or any other dip you dare to try! Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full to Partial Germinate: 7-14 days Harvest: 90 days Pack Quantity: 1/4 smidgen

Calendula – Pacific Beauty Mix

Calendula officinalis ‘pacific beauty’ Beautiful, bright flowers that bring a smile to any gardener. Not only do they make a fun centerpiece, but you can eat them too! Planting Depth: 1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 10-14 days Harvest: 45 days Pack Quantity: 1/2 smidgen

Cabbage – Brunswick

Brassica oleracea ‘brunswick’ A great crop for the spring, summer, or fall. A dense plant perfect for coleslaw or an addition to your winter stew. Planting Depth: 1/4-1/2″ Sun: Full Germinate: 7-12 days Harvest: 88 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 – Citrus

Ocimum basilicum ‘citriodorum’ Citrus Basil combines the savory flavor of basil with the zesty kick of citrus. It is used primarily as a cooking herb. Planting Depth: 1/8-1/4″ Sun: Full Germinate: 5-10 days Harvest: 60-90 days Pack Quantity: 1/4 smidgen

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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