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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Seed Library

Program Contact: Program Contact: Karen Seabrook, Master Gardener Seed Library Manager
seedlibrarywsu@gmail.com

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a culture of learning, sharing, and community through sustainable seed saving that reclaims seeds as a public resource, encourages biodiversity as an alternative to transgenic modified seeds, fosters self-reliance over dependence upon large food producers, increases food security, promotes a healthy diet and develops seed adapted to thrive in the soils and climate of our region.

FAQ

WSU Seed Library is Offering Remote Services!

 

Over 150 Members in the Seed Library!  Anyone can become a member of this program.  Borrow, Grow, Return.

The WSU Office is closed to the public at this time. However, the WSU Seed Library is offering our community seed inventory to Members remotely! We encourage gardeners to borrow seeds, grow plants, and return the seeds you save at the end of the season.

The process of becoming a Member is simple:

  1. Check the available seed list (below).
  2. Fill out the form below to email us your requests for up to 3 seed packets.
  3. This form will serve as your Member Form for you which will include a preferred form of contact. This will remain completely confidential.

Seed Library Remote Services Request

Use this form to request seeds from the WSU Seed Library

Once we receive your request, we will mail the seeds to you and add you to our mailing list in which we’ll send you information on Seed Saving Basics throughout the growing season.  No payment is necessary, however monetary or stamp donations are accepted to help defray the cost of postage/handling.  Checks can be made payable to Jefferson County Master Gardener Program at 121 Oak Bay Rd Port Hadlock, WA 98339 and put “Seed Library” in the memo.

A couple of things to remember: 1) although these seeds are free and come from community-saved seeds, it’s important to support our professional seed companies and local nurseries; and 2) you can donate excess produce to your local Food Bank.

Thank you for doing your part to support community food resilience.

Karen Seabrook

WSU Seed Library Manager

*Postponed Office Opening”

Seed Library Inventory

Inventory changes seasonally


Planting Guides

Planting guides gives you information about what vegetables and herbs you can plant indoors for starts or into your garden.  Here are links to several planting guides for our region.

 

EM057E Home Vegetable Gardening in WA, pages 13 – 14

West Coast Seed Regional Planting Charts for B.C. Canada (choose coastal chart for conditions most similar to the Olympic Peninsula)

Kingcoseed.org

Please note that these guides have been developed for large geographical regions and the direct sow and transplant months may vary depending on your location.  In fact, most gardens have their own microclimates.  To determine your microclimate, check out this WSU pulbication:

FS181E Determining you garden’s microclimate.

Seeds Available: June – August*

 

Arugula Kale
Amaranth Kohlrabi
Basil Lettuce
Beet Mustard greens
Broccoli (head, raab) Pac Choi
Bush and pole beans Radish
Cabbage Spinach
Cauliflower Squash (specify variety)
Collards Swiss chard
Corn (specify type: flour, sweet, etc.) Turnips
Celery Flowers (specify)
Herbs (specify)

 

*Some plants, like lettuce and radishes, can be replanted every 2-4 weeks, for a continuous harvest.

*Consult the VEGETABLE PLANTING GUIDES to decide whether to start plants indoors or direct sow into your garden

For more information about seed saving:

WSU Saving Seeds, Seed Saving Chart, seedalliance.org, seedsavers.org, seedambassadors.org, http://www.richmondgrowsseeds.org/

To access WSU large catalog of free gardening publications, click here:  https://pubs.wsu.edu


Events 2020

Currently scheduled demonstrations are on hold due to the Stay Healthy/Stay Home directive from governor Jay Inslee:

Seed Library on JC Library Book Mobile ~ Postponed until Further Notice
last full week of every month, March-September.

For a complete list of events, go to the WSU Jefferson County Extension Calendar at https://extension.wsu.edu/jefferson/calendar/

Stay tuned: More workshops to come! 


Thank you to our many Partners!

If you’d like to make a monetary donation to the Seed Library, you can send a check made payable to the Jefferson County Master Gardener Program at 121 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock, WA 98339.  Please write “Seed Library” in the memo.