ABQ-BERNCO Seed Library

Home Gardening

Whether new to gardening, a continuing student of gardening, or a gardening veteran, the Seed Library will endeavor to provide new and staple varieties of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds annually for customers to check out.  All seeds are open-pollinated, non-gmo and certified organic or untreated seeds.  

In addition, the Seed Library offers free garden-related programming throughout the year. Program topics can include

  • Companion planting
  • Growing your own seedlings
  • Attracting native bees to your yard
  • Taking on hive bees
  • Home composting
  • Growing and using culinary and medicinal herbs
  • Saving seeds
  • Storing your harvest
  • Growing great tomatoes
  • Garden photography
  • Drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting
  • Backyard birds and your garden
  • Backyard fruit
  • Container gardening
  • Home-Scale Permaculture
  • Winter gardening

Check the green Home & Garden Events tab on the left side of this webpage or go to the South Broadway Cultural Center Library events page for upcoming scheduled events.

Book Recommendations

Southwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

Written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Arizona, New Mexico, or Nevada. Soule shares her bountiful knowledge of edibles in general and the Southwest region in particular, equipping you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Tucson suburbs, the New Mexico Bootheel, the Mojave Desert, or anywhere else in the southwestern tri-state area, you'll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful and before you know it you'll have delicious fresh fruits and vegetables on your table.

Gardening with Less Water

Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently -- using up to 90% less water for the same results. With illustrated step-by-step instructions, the resource shows you how to install buried clay pots and pipes, wicking systems, and other porous containers that deliver water directly to a plant's roots with little to no evaporation. These systems are available at hardware stores and garden centers; are easy to set up and use; and work for garden beds, container gardens, and trees.

The Bee-Friendly Garden

For every gardener who cares about the planet, this guide to designing a bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both honeybees and native bees. In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a dazzling garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our own native bees. No matter how small or large your space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, just a few simple changes to your garden can fight the effects of colony collapse disorder and the worldwide decline in bee population that threatens our global food chain. There are many personal benefits of having a bee garden as well! Bee gardens: · contain a gorgeous variety of flowers · bloom continuously throughout the seasons · are organic, pesticide-free, and ecologically sustainable · develop healthy and fertile soil · attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects · increase the quantity of your fruit and vegetable harvest · improve the quality, flavor, and size of your produce Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, The Bee-Friendly Garden debunks myths about bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides detailed instructions for nest boxes and water features. From "super blooming" flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid, The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcomiEverything you need to know to create a dazzling garden that helps both the threatened honeybee and our own native bees. No matter how small or large your space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, just a few simple changes to your garden can fight the effects of colony collapse disorder and the worldwide decline in bee population that threatens our global food chain. The many personal benefits of having a bee garden include a gorgeous variety of flowers, continuous blooming, organic, pesticide-free output, and ecologically sustainable gardening, healthy soil, and it will attract birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. From "super blooming" flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid, The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcoming habitat for nature's most productive pollinator.g habitat for nature's most productive pollinator.

Heirloom Plants

Gardeners can't resist the allure of heirloom plants. Their names alone sound inviting: Flanders Purple kale, Golden Marconi sweet peppers, Moon & Stars watermelons, Turk's Turban squash, Scarlet Emperor running beans, and Jefferson plums. Beyond the classic appeal, however, lies the far more important issue of biodiversity. Unless these unique seeds are grown and saved, they will not only be forgotten, but lost forever. Based on the extensive seed catalogs of Thomas Etty, the popular heirloom seedsman, Heirloom Plants includes information on almost 500 exciting cultivars to be grown and harvested, along with detailed profiles and cultivation tips for each plant.

Martha's Flowers

Expert advice and lessons on gardening and making the most of your spectacular blooms. The indispensable lessons Stewart learned as a child -- and those she has since picked up from master gardeners -- form the best practices she applies to her voluminous flower gardens today. For the first time, she compiles the wisdom of a lifetime spent gardening into a practical yet inspired book. Learn how and when to plant, nurture, and at the perfect time, cut from your garden. With lush blooms in hand, discover how to build stunning arrangements.

Edible Landscaping

Since Rosalind Creasy popularized the concept of landscaping with edibles a quarter-century ago, interest in eating healthy, fresh, locally grown foods has swept across the nation. More and more Americans are looking to grow clean, delicious produce at home, saving money and natural resources at the same time. And food plants have been freed from the backyard, gracing the finest landscapes -- even the White House grounds!

The Culinary Herbal

Good cooks know that when it comes to herbs, there is nothing better than those that are clipped fresh from the garden. This book highlights 97 delicious varieties -- like black cumin, fenugreek, lemon balm, and sassafras -- that every food lover will want to add to their kitchen garden. In this gorgeously photographed guide, home cooks will learn which herbs offer the most flavor, how to grow them at home, and how to put them to use. Plant profiles are organized alphabetically by herb type and include basic growing information, flavor notes, and culinary uses. Additional information includes step-by-step instructions for harvesting, preserving, and storing, along with techniques for making pastes, syrups, vinegars, and butters.

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