Seed Exchange Update: Collect seeds!

June 2021


As flower heads begin to fade, it is time once again to collect seeds for next spring and we need your  help to grow the Southborough Library Seed Exchange!

Follow these steps during the summer months:

   1. Cut flower head with scissors or a knife.

   2. Collect the ripe seeds from the flower head
       and place on waxed paper.

   3. Allow the seeds to dry for about a week.

   4. Clean the seeds by removing any husks 
       or pods.

   5. Place seeds in an envelope and seal. 

   6. Sow the seeds in spring and share the rest
       with the exchange library.

We are happy to store the seeds for use in our Seed Exchange for next year. 

November 2020:
Seed donation box information
Seed Donation Box:
You can now drop your seeds in an outside seed donation box located on the curbside services tables! All donations will become part of the Library Seed Exchange and made available to patrons to grow in the spring of 2021. Your participation will help this become a self-sustaining program and grow each year.

September 2020 Update:
We need your help With Seed Collection! This is the time to collect and dry your garden seeds so that we can process them for the re-opening of the Seed Exchange at the Southborough Library in March 2021.

Please dry and save both flower and vegetable seeds when you harvest your flowers or vegetables and place them in a brown paper bag. We hope that everyone will share some of their seeds from the Seed Exchange with the library for redistribution next year.

We will start collecting them on September 1st to store and separate for next spring.Questions? Email pellis@southboroughma.com or call 508-485-5031.

General Information:
The Library Seed Exchange provided over 60 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers seeds in individual packets in time to start indoor growing this summer. Initial funding for the seeds was provided with generous support from The Friends of the Southborough Library.

The catalog is located in the Judy Williams Reading Room upstairs. Each packet includes explanatory seed identification information and details of how and when to plant the seeds. Seeds are provided for free.

What is a Lending Seed Library?


A seed library is a place where community members can take out seeds for free, like a book. It is run for the public benefit.  We hope to get folks to garden and grow their own food. We hope to develop a network of seed savers to create locally adapted varieties, to preserve genetic diversity.  Seed saving is something humans have done for over 10,000 years. A great way to share the abundance of our community.

Who will be able to participate?


This is a program that is geared for all generations. No matter what level of experience you have. We hope to provide books that will provide information about seeds and plants and the wonderful world of gardening for preschoolers through to senior gardeners.

It is a way for more experienced growers to share their knowledge about what tricks and tips they have picked up over the years.

How will it work?


Patrons can withdraw individual seed packets each spring and then plant the seeds with hopes that more seeds will be returned in the fall. Hopefully those seeds will be more acclimated to this are. This will empower residents to grow their own food and through the leaning, growing and sharing of related programs at the library.

Each seed packet will have information on it explaining how and when to plant your seed to maximize your success in growing them.


Coming Soon