With the advent of spring, gardeners in the Mountain West are ready with their seed packets, either harvested or purchased, and waiting anxiously for the weather to cooperate for planting. This year is no different, especially in regards to the weather!
Our gardening season may be short, but enthusiasm for home-grown vegetables is on the rise. Lake Valley Seeds in Boulder, a source for the BRL, is experiencing extremely high demand for their seeds this spring.
Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are very happy to be partnering with the Basalt Community Garden and the CSU Extension/Master Gardener program in Eagle in offering a wide variety of local and retail seeds again this year through the Basalt Regional Library Seed Library.
The Basalt Community Gardeners have packaged up their harvested seeds and are making them available for free at Skip’s Farm to Market in downtown Basalt and MANA Foods in Carbondale. The BRL is packaging our seed collection to help you get started with your own Victory Garden 2020. We will include lettuce, squash, tomatoes, carrots, beans, peas, radish, peppers and onions in every packet. Pumpkins, gourds, leeks, herbs and other varietals will also be offered. The BRL Victory Garden seeds will become available as the Library re-opens, or they may be distributed at Skip's or MANA. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook for updates!
Please remember the BRL will make every effort to get the seeds out to the community in a timely manner and we will be respecting the “stay at home” recommendations from the state and counties. Our “last frost” date generally falls between May 1-15, so there is still time to plan your plots and ready the soil.
Here are a number of excellent resources from the Colorado State Library, CSU Extension, and National Garden Bureau to check out before seeds get in the ground:
Planning and Planting
Grow and Give
Victory Gardens 2.0
If you are short on space at home, the Basalt Community Garden is taking applications for plots out by the high school.
See you in the dirt!
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