The WeHa Grows Seed Library strives to provide seeds to the community while connecting gardeners to one another and to nature, helping to facilitate a sense of community while growing our own food.
When we grow and save our own seeds, we …
Best of all, when we participate in the seed library, we help create a culture of sharing and abundance.
The following seeds are the easiest to harvest and prepare for donations.
Daisy, or Sunflower Family:
artichoke, cardoon, endive, Jerusalem artichoke, lettuce, salsify, shungiku, sunflower
Pea, Bean, Legume or Pulse Family: bean, lentil, pea, peanut, soybean
Nightshade Family: cape gooseberry, eggplant, ground cherry, pepper, potato, tomatillo, tomato
(allow fruits to ripen fully)
These seeds require a little more effort to harvest and prepare. Allow only one variety in each species to flower at a time To ensure pollination, let multiple plants of one variety flower.
Onion Family: chives, garlic, leeks, onions
These are biennial, which means they won’t flower until the second year, after winter.
Amaranth Family: amaranth, beet, chard, lamb’s quarters, orach, quinoa, spinach
Beet and Chard are the same species, so let only one variety flower at the same time.
Parsley Family: carrot, celery, caraway, chervil, cilantro (coriander), dill, fennel, parsley, parsnip.
Carrot will cross with Queen Anne’s Lace, so don’t save carrot seeds if Queen Anne’s Lace grows nearby.
The following seeds are recommended for experienced seed harvesters. These families will readily cross with unseen nearby plants and may create odd and possibly inedible varieties in one generation.
Brassicaceae Mustard Family: Asian greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, turnip
Cucurbitaceae Gourd Family: cucumbers, gourds, luffa, melons, pumpkin, summer squash (ex. zucchini), winter squash (ex. acorn)
Poaceae Grass Family: barley, corn, kamut, millet, oats, sorghum, wheat
Home Guides Basics of Planting Seeds: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/basics-planting-seeds-64807.html
Gardener’s Supply Company: https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/how-to-start-seeds/5062.html
Understanding Seeds and Seedling Biology: https://extension.psu.edu/understanding-seeds-and-seedling-biology
We would not be able to do this without you!
A special Thank You to our model, Richmond Grows Seed Library of Richmond, CA, for making all their materials free and available, and allowing others across the country to create seed libraries.