Want to Start a Garden? Now You Can Get Free Seeds at the Phoenix Public Library

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Starting a garden can be a daunting endeavor. What can you plant? How and where? And, of course, you're going to need seeds.

When it comes to at least some of these questions and needs, the Phoenix Public Library is now here to help. This weekend, the library will launch a seed library at the Harmon Library. The seed program will allow library patrons to "check out" more than 100 varieties of fruit, vegetable, and perennial seeds (don't worry, you don't have to return them).

See also: Plant a Fall Garden in Metro Phoenix: Here's What You Need and Where to Get It

So here's how the seed program will work:

1. Library-going gardeners will be able to "check out" seed packets from the Harmon Library branch (1325 S. 5th Ave.) with a Phoenix Library Card.

2. Packets will count toward the total number of items checked out on your account and you'll be limited to three seed packets at a time and three seed packets per three-week period.

3. After three weeks, the seed packets will be removed from your account -- so no, you don't have to return the seeds.

However, if you do want to "return" the seeds you borrow, or if you just want to contribute to the seed library, you'll also be able to donate saved seeds from their harvest to the collection.

The seed library will also host an ongoing series of free workshops. Upcoming classes include:

Composting 101 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 18 Learn the basics from Recycled City's expert composters.

Seed Harvesting Orientation 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 20 Learn how to save seeds from your harvest. Find out how to be a Seed Library volunteer.

Ask a Master Gardener 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, November 29 Master Gardeners from the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension will answer your gardening questions.

Check the online calendar for other upcoming classes and visit the Phoenix Public Library website for more information.

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