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In Our Catalogue...

Late Winter/Early Spring, 2016-17

Herbs, Greens and Veggies

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Cilantro (from Hatter Harvest, Spring 2016)

Dill (from Hatter Harvest, Spring 2016)

West Indian Pumpkin (from Pat Sentell, Fall 2016)

Olga’s Butternut Squash (from Pauline’s Lucky Market Garden, Fall 2015)

Muska, a sweet Florida heirloom Muskmelon (from Pauline’s Lucky Market Garden, Spring 2016)

Rattlesnake Bean (from Michael Denner, Spring 2016)

Florida Native Wildflowers

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Bee Balm, Monarda punctata (Volusia Pollination Garden, Fall 2016)

Ironweed, Vernonia angustifolia (Volusia Sandhill, Fall 2016)

Partridge Pea, Chamaecrista fasciculata (Volusia Sandhill, Fall 2016)

A Note About Our Free Library

We try our best to ensure the quality of our seed, with careful notes and labels. But seeds are alive, and both experienced and inexperienced gardeners use the library. You might have low germination rates or receive seeds that were not properly labeled.

If you do have any problems with the seed you get from the seed library, please let us know so we can try to fix it for future users of the library! Email us at gillespie@stetson.edu.

Garden Basics

For a spring garden, begin planting your garden after the last frost and before the intense heat of Florida summer sets in. For a fall garden, begin planting in late September, when soil temperature begins to cool off again. It is a good idea to label your plants or create a map of your garden so you don't forget what you planted and where. For continual harvests, stagger your planting by two or three weeks so you have produce all season long. When watering, remember your plants are alive! Ensure your garden or pots are well drained and try to water each day at the same time. For plants in full or partial sun, be sure to water later in the day when the sun won't burn leaves or evaporate water too quickly.

Saving Seeds

Allow plants to flower and flowers to be pollinated. It is easy to know when seeds begin forming because flower petals usually fall off and stalks start to brown. After stalks begin drying out on the plant, cut them off and store in a cool, dry, dark place (paper bags work well). After seeds have dried off of the plant for several days, separate the seeds from the branches and store in either a paper envelope or a dry container. There is no need to keep seeds airtight, but be sure to prevent excess moisture or heat to reduce the risk of mold. Always label your seeds with the name of the plant and the date they were harvested to make your next growing season easier.