T.B. Scott Free Library located at 106 W. 1st Merrill, WI 54452, Hours open are Monday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: Closed

Seed Library

Welcome Back Spring by Checking Out the Six Seed Varieties at the 2022 Seed Library!

The T.B. Scott Free Library will once again be checking out heirloom seeds for FREE to library card holders. Seed varieties for this year include:

  • Empress Beans
  • Detroit Dark Red Beets
  • Tom Thumb Peas
  • Silvery Fir Tree Tomatoes
  • Black Beauty Zucchini Squash
  • Sunflower Mix

The principle behind the seed library is simple: library patrons check out their choice of seeds, enjoy the growing season all summer long, then “return” a portion of the seeds that they collect from their fall harvest so that those seeds can be used for next year’s crop of seed borrowers. Borrowers are free – and encouraged – to keep the bulk of the seeds they collect so as to have them for the next year’s planting. All of the seeds chosen come from the Seed Saver’s Exchange, an Iowa-based non-profit whose goal is to preserve and promote plant diversity in home gardens.

The 2022 Seeds will be available for checkout soon!

If you prefer curbside pickup, request your seeds by calling 715-536-7191.

Explore the six different varieties of seeds available this year

Empress Bean

Empress Bean

A great snap bean for fresh eating, freezing, or processing, the Empress bean offers incredible flavor. The vigorous plants produce heavy yields of large, straight, green, 5-6” stringless pods. Plant in succession for fresh beans throughout the season. Bush habit, snap, 55 days.

Detroit Dark Red Beet

Detroit Dark Red Beet

Great for canning and fresh eating, this variety produces round, blood-red, 3″-diameter roots. 60-65 days.

Tom Thumb Pea

Tom Thumb Pea

At 8″ tall, this aptly named dwarf pea is ideal for container gardening and is very frost-tolerant. Shell, 50-55 days. Peas thrive in cool weather.

Silvery Fir Tree Tomato

Silvery Fir Tree Tomato

Traditional Russian variety with distinctive carrot-like silvery-gray foliage on compact 24″ plants. Heavy crops of round, slightly flattened 3-3½” red fruits. Does well in hanging baskets or on patios. Determinate, 60 days from transplant.

Black Beauty Zucchini Squash

Black Beauty Zucchini

Compact everbearing bush plants are loaded with glossy green-black fruits with firm white flesh. Best eaten when under 8″ long. Excellent variety for freezing. 45-65 days.

Sunflower Mix

Sunflower Mix

A mixture of species and forms!

Produce photos and seed information courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange

Explore the six different varieties of seeds available this year.  (Hover over each image for details)

Empress Bean

A great snap bean for fresh eating, freezing, or processing, the Empress bean offers incredible flavor. The vigorous plants produce heavy yields of large, straight, green, 5-6” stringless pods. Plant in succession for fresh beans throughout the season. Bush habit, snap, 55 days.

Detroit Dark Red Beet

Great for canning and fresh eating, this variety produces round, blood-red, 3″-diameter roots. 60-65 days.

Tom Thumb Pea

At 8″ tall, this aptly named dwarf pea is ideal for container gardening and is very frost-tolerant. Shell, 50-55 days. Peas thrive in cool weather.

Silvery Fir Tree Tomato

Traditional Russian variety with distinctive carrot-like silvery-gray foliage on compact 24″ plants. Heavy crops of round, slightly flattened 3-3½” red fruits. Does well in hanging baskets or on patios. Determinate, 60 days from transplant.

Black Beauty Zucchini Squash

Compact everbearing bush plants are loaded with glossy green-black fruits with firm white flesh. Best eaten when under 8″ long. Excellent variety for freezing. 45-65 days.

Sunflower Mix

A mixture of species and forms!

Produce photos and seed information courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange

Recommended Resources Available at Your Library

Container Gardening for the Midwest
by William Aldrich and Don Williamson with Alison Beck and Laura Peters

Instant Container Gardens
by Pamela Crawford

Gardening with Heirloom Seeds
by Lynn Coulter

Vertical Gardening
by Derek Fell

Starting from Seed
by Jack Kramer

T.B. Scott Free Library
106 West First Street
Merrill, WI 54452

Telephone (715) 536 - 7191

Monday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

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