With local gardeners getting ready to start their spring plantings, the East Brunswick Library is opening its EB Grow seed library to the public for a second season.
EB Grow began in 2018 as a joint project between the library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Housed at the library, the goal of the seed library is to introduce residents to gardening, provide education on seed-saving, and encourage patrons to develop a passion for sustainability and hands-on learning.
Gardeners can view the seed catalog at www.ebpl.org/ebgrow. Requests can be made for up to 10 different seeds a year, and library staff package the seeds for customer pick up.
In addition to the EB Grow seed library, East Brunswick Public Library circulates special gardening kits through the EB Create lending kit program to its cardholders. They can can borrow a curated gardening kit that includes grow lights and heating mats to help jumpstart plants. Kits can be borrowed by library cardholders for two weeks.
The library is also hosting three upcoming gardening programs, including Introduction to Composting with the Middlesex County Master Gardeners on April 25, Introduction to Home Landscape Design with Rutgers Gardens Director Bruce Crawford on March 21, and Horticultural Therapy with Laura DePrado on May 28. All programs are held at the library, and are free and open to the public.
The library also has a teaching plot of land at the East Brunswick Community Garden, next to the East Brunswick Municipal complex on Rues Lane, which will be used for library projects and programs throughout the growing season.
For more information, visit www.ebpl.org.