EB Grow Seed Library Open for 2021 Season
With local gardeners getting ready to start their spring plantings, we're opening the EB Grow seed library to the public after being shuttered in 2020 due to the pandemic.
EB Grow began in 2018 as a joint project between the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Housed at the library, the goal of the seed library is to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability and hands-on learning.
“EB Grow unfortunately was unable to give out seeds in 2020 due to the library closure through the pandemic. During that time, many in our community turned to gardening as a stay-home hobby” said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian and EB Grow’s coordinator. “We are excited to offer a limited selection of curated garden packs to inspire you to start growing a garden.”
Gardeners can view and request one of the three curated garden packs online at www.ebpl.org/ebgrow. This collection includes easy-to-grow seeds that do well in New Jersey’s climate. Each pack has a different theme, including garden salads.
“You do not have to be a resident of East Brunswick to use the seed library,” Hozik added. “Our only request is that gardeners save seeds from their own crops or donate unused seed packets back to ensure the collection for future gardeners.”
In addition to the EB Grow seed library, East Brunswick Public Library circulates a special seeds starting kit through the EB Create lending kit program to its cardholders. The kit includes grow lights and heating mats to help jumpstart plants. Kits can be borrowed by library cardholders for two weeks.
The library is also hosting the upcoming gardening program, including “Starting Seeds Indoors: Are You Ready for 2021?” with Middlesex County master gardener Vivian Morris on Tuesday, April 6 at 7:00pm. This program will be held virtually, and is free and open to the public.