HOW IT WORKS
ABOUT THE LIBRARY
When are the seeds available?
The seed library is open whenever the library is open.
Who can check out seeds?
The seed library is open to all Brentwood residents.
Do I have to return seeds at the end of the season?
No, you are not expected to return any seeds to the library.
I don’t have any pots. What can I start my seeds in?
Seeds can be started in egg cartons, plastic and paper cups, plastic clamshell containers, yogurt cups, and even newspaper!
I’m new to gardening. Should I still use the seed library?
Absolutely! Gardeners of all levels are welcome. We have plenty of seeds that are easy to grow for beginners.
Save seeds from your healthiest plants for next year, or bring them to one of our seed swap to share with the community.
You can also sign up for seed and gardening programs at the library to connect with other gardeners and learn about native plants, seed saving and more.
LOCAL FARMS AND ORGANIZATIONS
- Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Invincible Summer Farms
- Long Island Native Plant Initiative
- ReWild Long Island
- Thera Farms
OTHER RESOURCES – WEBSITES
Cornell Cooperative Growing Guides
Growing information for flowers and vegetables.
Seed Saving Topic Guide
Guide from Suffolk County Libraries on how to save seeds and related books and other resources.
Seed Savers Exchange
Nonprofit organization of gardeners and farmers who offer a wide variety of heirloom seeds to purchase.
OTHER RESOURCES – BOOKS
Small Space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy
Month by Month Gardening: NY and NJ by Kate Copsey
Grow Cook Eat by Willi Galloway
The Manual of Seed Saving by Andrea Heistinger
Growing Herbs and Vegetables by Terry Silber
Grow More with Less by Vincent Simeone