Your local seed libraries


The seed libraries in Darebin are the result of a 2020 initiative by Darebin Council and those in Banyule and Nillumbik are the result of a 2021 joint initiative by Banyule and Nillumbik Councils.

All the seed libraries operate on a similar philosophy, namely:

  • Take – visit a seed library and take the seeds you would like to grow.
  • Grow – grow the seeds at home, but leave at least one plant to go to seed.
  • Save – save some seeds for next year from the healthiest plants.
  • Share – return some of the saved seeds to the seed library.

  Banyule & Nillumbik (green icons)

  Darebin (blue icons)

  Other (red icons)

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To save your seeds:

  1. Decide what seeds you are going to save.
  2. Write the name of the plant on a ribbon or strip of brightly coloured fabric and tie it to your chosen plant so that you can recognise what plant it is after it is all dried out.
  3. Wait until the seeds mature then collect the seed heads and place in a paper bag with the ribbon label.
  4. Clean and sort.
  5. Make and label some seed packets.
  6. Store some and share some with the seed libraries.

Download Darebin’s seed saving guide.

Read about seed saving and various types of seed on the Edendale website.

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