EB Grow

About EB Grow

EB Grow is a joint project of the East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission.  The seed library created through this partnership is housed at the library in an effort to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability and hands-on learning.

Come in to “borrow” seeds for your garden. We have easy-to-grow seeds to plant that will do well in our climate, so your garden will grow! Return unused seeds or seeds saved from your own crop to the library so that other gardeners can also enjoy planting them.

View our brochure:    ENG    RUS

View the catalog here.

 

To Check Out

  1. Visit any library services desk.
  2. Fill out a short membership form.
  3. Search the seed “catalog” for available seeds.
  4. Select your seeds!
  5. Don’t forget to take a seed donation envelope.
 


Start Your Garden

So you want to start your garden from seed? Below is a recipe for success!
 
Ingredients

  • Seeds from EB Grow
  • Information from back of seed packet
  • Seed starting potting mix (not regular garden soil)
  • Small containers with drainage holes
  • Zip-top plastic bags
  • Light source (sunlight or grow lights)
  • Water
  • Spray bottle


Directions
 
To start your seeds, pre-moisten the seed starting mix with water so it is damp to the touch. Fill your containers leaving ¼” space at the top. Plant one or two seeds in each container. Place containers into zip-top plastic bags (don’t forget to label them), and place in a warm area (65–70° F).
 
Remember to check your seeds daily by opening the plastic bags and touching the top soil (it should feel moist). If the soil feels dry, apply 2–3 sprays of water.
 
Once your seedlings germinate, remove the containers from the plastic bags and place them in a sunny area—seedlings need 16-18 hours of light per day to stay healthy. When the top soil appears dry, water your seedlings from the bottom. Don’t overwater—that is the most likely cause of seedling loss!
 
One week before planting outdoors, acclimate the seedlings by placing them outside in a place protected from wind during the day, then bring inside at night. Then it’s time to plant them in your garden!
 
Adapted from the NJ Agricultural Extension Service (njaes.rutgers.edu)
 

Gardening Books

Central, New Jersey gardening..........635.0974
Herbs..................................................635.7
Composting, mulch.............................631.875
Landscape gardening.........................712.6
Container gardening...........................635.986
Organic gardening..............................635.0484
Edible landscaping.............................635
Pest control........................................632.5
Flowers..............................................635.9
Seeds, seed-saving...........................635.94
Fruits..................................................634
Vegetables.........................................635
Gardening with children.....................635.9
Xeriscaping, low-water gardening.....635.9525


Gardening Events

Plant a Seed Drop-In Craft
05/08/2018 | 11:00AM - 08:00PM

Herb Garden Planting
05/05/2018 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Ready, Set, Grow
04/26/2018 | 07:00PM - 08:00PM

Hydroponic Herb Garden
02/28/2018 | 07:00PM - 07:30PM

 

Local Resources

EARTH Center of Middlesex County
Davidson’s Mill Pond Park
42 Riva Avenue, South Brunswick
732-398-5262 | tinyurl.com/mcearthcenter

Rutgers Gardens
112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick
732-932-8451 | rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu

Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline (Middlesex County)
732-398-5220 | mastergardeners@co.middlesex.nj.us
 

Online Resources

Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County (Rutgers NJAES)
New Jersey-specific lawn and garden information
middlesex.njaes.rutgers.edu

East Brunswick Community Garden
ebcommunitygarden.webs.com

 

East Brunswick Planting Schedule

Knowing when to plant is one of the keys to successful gardening. The following planting dates are based on East Brunswick’s
average weather.

The last average frost-free date is April 30.
The first average frost date is October 13.

Keep an eye on the sky and be ready to make adjustments.

April 1

Beet
Carrot
Leafy greens, lettuce
Radish
Spinach
 

April 15

Bean - bush, pole
Cucumber
Peas
Herbs
Peppers
Perennials
 

May 1

Annuals (check seed packet)
Bean - bush, pole
Beet
Peas
 

June 1-30

Bean - bush
Beet
Leafy greens, lettuce
Peas


Adapted from Burpee Growing Calendar for Zones 7-8 & Rutgers Master Gardeners