The Brightside: Free Seed Library

TALBOT CO., Md. – Whether you’re a professional in the garden or have never planted a seed in your life, some gardeners in Talbot County want to help you grow. They’re doing that by providing seeds to the community, all for free.

“It’s just a place where we encourage people to grow their own food if they would like, or flowers for pollinators, we have a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flower seeds available,” Missy Corley said. She’s a Master Gardener volunteer in Talbot County and she’s one of the women behind the free seed library at the Talbot County library. It’s a place where anyone in the community can come pick out all kinds of seeds and plant new life.

“We’re not all experts on growing everything, and so part of it is this experimentation of trying something new, or maybe you’re trying a vegetable that you haven’t eaten before, or maybe it’s a different color that you haven’t tried before,” Mikaela Boley, with the University of Maryland Extension, said.

The seed library can be found at the Easton and the Saint Michael’s branch and it’s accessible to anyone, even those without a library card. That means all you have to do is find the drawers, find what seeds you’d like inside, and you’ll be on your way to having new plants in your garden. But it’s not just beneficial for the gardeners who are doing the planting.

“A lot of people probably have heard that honeybees and other pollinator populations are declining, monarch butterflies are another one, and so by making a diverse landscape that has not just lawn, but flowers and plants of all types, it helps increase the diversity not only of the plants, but of the bugs and other critters that either use them for food, or lay their eggs on them or even live in them,” Missy explained.

But if you’re thinking you may not have a green thumb, the volunteers can help with that, too.

“We also do an educational component for it. We’ve done a webinar for the last couple years due to covid, but we also try to have some hands on stuff to offer to people who may not be familiar with the process of growing stuff,” Mikaela said.

Because the volunteers say it is a learning process, but it’s one they hope will help new gardeners bloom.

“I hope that they get a sense of accomplishment out of it if they’re successful at growing, and that it’ll lead them to try even more in the next season, and it’ll snowball from there hopefully,” Missy said.

Missy says right now they still have some seeds out that are more targeted for spring growing, but toward the end of this month, they’ll start offering some summer seeds, like tomatoes and squash.

Mikaela says in the meantime to follow the Talbot County Master Gardeners Facebook page, because that’s where they post restocks of the seeds and those classes they mentioned.

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