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Seed Lending Program at the Mercer Public Library


  If you’re a gardener and have seeds you’re looking to get rid of or are looking to add variety to your garden, gardeners can borrow seeds from the Mercer Public Library. The library has a seed lending program for gardeners to “check out” seeds, grow them in their gardens then harvest seeds in the fall to return to the seed library. Spokesperson Chris Paulik says the seed swap is a way for gardeners to trade vegetable, herb and flower seeds with other gardeners and farmers.

“…the seeds are free and all we ask in return is that maybe you collect some of the seeds and bring them back to the seed library; and by doing this eventually we can end up with plants that are really acclimated to the Mercer area.”

Paulik says they’re only accepting seeds from heirloom plants. She says the library has tomato, pepper, cucumber and bean seeds as well as seeds from commercial growers.  

People can access the seed library during regular library hours. For more information visit the Mercer Public Library’s website.

The Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River is also holding a seed swap March 3. More information can be found on the Olson Memorial Library’s website

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