You Should Be Saving Seeds, Yes You.

Spring is just around the corner and maybe you’ve got garden fever on the brain. It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to plant this year and get to work on growing seedlings indoors. If you haven’t been to one of the 9 seed libraries across the state of Illinois, make a point to check one out:

Chicago Seed Library – Chicago
Jane Adams Hull House Seed Library – Chicago
GEEE – Hyde Park Arts Center – Chicago
Holly House Seed Library – DeKalb
Liberty Gardens Seed Lending Library – Downers Grove
Helen Matthes Seed Library – Effingham
LLD Seed Library – Lisle
The Normal Seed Library – Normal
Du Quoin Seed Library – Du Quoin

Not only do seed libraries give you free access to a wide variety of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, but they also help preserve these seed varieties for future generations. Pick up a packet, grow something beautiful, save the seeds, and bring them back to the library for another gardener to try out next year. It’s that simple. And if you’ve never saved seeds before, here’s why you should start:

Save Our Seeds

Sources

Content
http://www.exploratorium.edu/gardening/control/seeds/two.html
http://www.fedcoseeds.com/seeds/why_save_seeds.htm
http://www.howtosaveseeds.com/whysave.php
http://blog.seedsavers.org/blog/open-pollinated-heirloom-and-hybrid-seeds

Photos
Infographic: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/07/food-ark/food-variety-graphic
Hands with bean seads photo: http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/top-tips-seed-saving
Heirloom tomato photo: https://galerieco.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/heirloom-tomatoes/
Heirloom carrots photo: https://theplantfarm.wordpress.com/tag/tuber/
Seed in hand photo: http://sites.radiantwebtools.com/?i=15934