Getting growing with CHB’s new library of seeds
Spring is here and with it comes an exciting new enterprise for Central Hawke’s Bay residents.
Recognising the need to build community resilience, self-reliance and the ability of the community to grow and feed itself wholesome food, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Libraries have teamed up with The Sustainable Ewe to launch the CHB Seed Library on Saturday, September 8.
Operating from the Waipukurau Library, the Seed Library will be open to everyone — from new to more experienced gardeners — offering a wide variety of seeds from flowers to native plants and, of course, a huge range of vegetables. There is something for everyone to get spring planting off to a flying start.
Volunteers from The Sustainable Ewe and the dedicated library staff have been working hard to bring this venture to fruition: sorting seeds, creating planting guides and information on seed saving — even making envelopes for seed borrowing and returning! The response from commercial seed growers has been overwhelming, with donations of seeds and catalogues to get the library started.
How does it work?
Pop into Waipukurau library and pick up a Seed Library registration pack. Inside is a membership form, a seed record (so you can keep track of what you have borrowed and returned), a guide to how the library works, a guide to the basics of seed saving, and a few seed envelopes to get you started. The hardest part will be deciding what you want to grow! A printed catalogue is available for perusal on the seed library cabinet, or if you prefer online browsing, a fully searchable catalogue is on the CHB Seeds website. Choose what seeds you would like to try out, pop a few in your labelled envelopes and you are ready to get growing! (After you have taken the seeds home, obviously. Please don’t plant them in the library!)
How can you help?
■ By donating seed. All those halffinished packets of beans and peas languishing in your potting shed can be donated and will be gratefully accepted, as well as any saved seed.
■ By volunteering to help with keeping the seed library tidy and helping gardeners less experienced with advice and information.
Whether you are new to gardening and want to plant a Buttercrunch lettuce and grow a tomato, or more experienced and want to try something a little different like Caigua (I can recommend it — weird but delicious), pop on down to the Waipukurau Library and check out The Central Hawke’s Bay Seed Library.
■ Central Hawke’s Bay Seed Library grand opening, Saturday 8 at 11am. Everyone is welcome. Check out the seed library website www.chbseeds.org.nz
Neen Kennedy, left, from the Sustainable Ewe and Karen Tobin from Waipukurau District Library with the new CHB Seed Library.
The drawers of the seed library are full of flower seeds, native plant seeds and a huge range of vegetables.