Here’s a great one for gardening enthusiasts itching for spring. Boulder Public Library is hosting a FREE community seed swap on Saturday, March 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Boulder Creek Room. The swap is ideal for local seed savers who would like to share, gardeners who would like to learn how to save seeds and even people who want to garden from seed. Do note there are some requirements:
Seeds brought should be less than three years old and due to state regulations, only homegrown seeds and unopened packages of commercially produced seed can be swapped. Gardening and native plant experts will be available during the event to answer questions, help with garden planning, and demo seed-saving and seed-starting techniques.
Colorado Seed Law requires that this information be present on every package of homegrown seed exchanged:
Kind/Type: the type of plant, i.e. “tomato” or “cucumber”
Variety, common and Latin name: the specific variety, ex: “Brandywine Heirloom slicing tomato” or Latin name. If not known, indicate VNS: variety not stated. Note: it is not legal to swap PVP (plant variety protected) seeds.
Date the seeds were harvested and packed: seeds older than 2-4 years should NOT be swapped as viability and germination rate decreases over time.
Location Grown: city and state where seeds were grown and harvested.
Noxious weeds: Seeds from the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of prohibited noxious weeds cannot be distributed or allowed to contaminate other seeds. Please indicate by checking box that no known noxious weed weeds are in your seed package. List of prohibited weeds is available for reference.
This program is part of several Seed to Table events and services at the library that focus on sustainable living. 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.