Gardening Kits & Seed Library

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Gardening Kits

Iredell County Public Library has expanded its lending catalog to include gardening tool kits. Not only is this tool kit a cost-effective way to get started on your own garden, but borrowing it from the library also helps to promote sustainability by reducing the need for individuals to purchase their own tools. Plus, with the added benefit of being able to borrow books and other resources from the library, you'll have all the information you need to grow your green thumb and cultivate a thriving garden.

Each gardening kit includes: gardening gloves, a soil tester with instructions, a spray bottle, pruning shears, a transplant trowel, a hand trowel, and a hand rake. 

Gardening kits may be checked out for 14 days with a library card from the Information Services department at the main branch in Statesville. 

Seed Library

The seed library in Statesville is a wonderful resource for anyone interesting in gardening and connecting with other gardeners in the community. The seed library is stocked with a variety of heirloom seeds for anyone to “borrow”, no library card needed, to plant their garden and try out new seeds. Once you have harvested your plants, we ask that you donate some seeds back to the seed library, so that this is a sustainable resource for the entire community to enjoy.

When you borrow seeds from the library, limit of ten packages per person and no more than two packages of any one seed type, we ask only that you list the seed type and quantity borrowed on the sheet kept at the cabinet. This allows us to keep track of our supply levels of different seeds. Once you have harvested your plants, or if you have other heirloom seeds to donate, please speak with an Information Services staff member and we’ll have a quick seed donation form for you to fill out.

While the variety of seeds will change over time with seed donations from the community, the seed library is currently stocked with asparagus, basil, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chives, collards, corn, cucumber, dill, eggplant, garden peas, kale, melon, mint, okra, oregano, parsley, banana pepper, bell pepper, jalapeno, radish, rosemary, spinach, butternut squash, zucchini squash, thyme, black cherry tomato, Cherokee purple tomato, turnip, and watermelon.