The seed libraries have launched! We began lending seeds at some of our branches the last couple of months, and now all locations are on board. You can visit any public library to "check out" up to 5 seed packets this season, which ends September 21. After that date, you'll be able to check out another 5 packets from September 22-December 20.
September also happens to be National Library Card Sign-up Month, so it's the perfect time to get a library card if you don't already have one! You'll be able to check out books, ebooks, and digital magazines to help you get started.
Many people don't know that this is a great time to start gardening in El Paso. The weather is cooling down, making it ideal to grow various plants. The list below shows some of the seeds that can be directly sown into your garden. Plants like lettuces and radishes can be replanted every 2-4 weeks.
You can direct sow the following seeds from our collections:
Carrots (up until October 10)
Lettuce (Sept 10 - Oct 10)
Peas (Aug 11- Sep 10)
Beets (Aug 26 - Oct 10)
Radishes (Sep 10 - Oct 10)
Turnips (Sep 25 - Oct 25)
Herbs: Cilantro, parsley
To view our complete collection, click on the Seeds & Locations page at the top. We have 35 varieties in our opening collection, and plan on adding more seeds soon.
Visit our resources page to learn how to get started. You can also call the El Paso Master Gardeners' Hotline for help at (915) 771-2354.
Don't forget to share your pictures with us by tagging us and using the hashtag, #sowgrowreapeat!