Master Gardener Chris Yesko recently presented a check for $100 on behalf of the Shar-A-Gardeners to Wautoma Public Library Director Nicole Overbeck for the Seed Saving Library.

Wautoma Library Seed Saving Library underway

Be 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 United States, including Green Lake, Wild Rose, and La Crosse. 

The concept is sim-ple. Libraries provide small packets of heirloom seeds for patrons to checkout. 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 host a seed saving workshop in early May, date to be determined, 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.