Seeds are now available to neighborhood gardeners! The South Providence Library has launched the 2018 Seed Exchange program. Anyone can come to the library to receive free seeds for a summer garden.
A few seeds were contributed by local growers last season, but a large number of seeds have been made available through a free seed program at the University of Rhode Island. This program is made possible annually through the generous donation of seeds by Ocean State Job Lot, and through the efforts of the URI Master Gardener Program volunteers.
Benefits for the Home Gardener include:
- Instant access to fresh produce
- Control over the chemicals and products used during the growing process
- The opportunity to make a positive environmental impact
- Watching your garden go from bare ground to ripe produce offers a sense of satisfaction
At the same time, be aware that:
- A backyard garden requires work and commitment throughout the growing season.
- There can be initial costs that may include a tiller, shovel, rake, hoe and edging material.
- Going away for a few weeks? You’ll either need to ask someone to watch your garden or risk unhealthy or dying plants when you return.
- A garden takes away a portion of your lawn or patio.
- If you already have problems with pain or limited mobility, taking care of your garden can worsen those symptoms.
Please visit the library if a garden is in your future this summer. Books are available to help you with your gardening adventure!