Seed Library

The Trenton Free Public Library and Isles have partnered together to bring you the Trenton Seed Library. This is a way to promote community gardening and the sharing of knowledge and resources. Community gardening is a fantastic way to help revitalize and beautify communities while connecting people through growing food and learning about its history. These seeds were donated by many generous companies and organizations from around the nation.

Seed Library Guidelines

Seeds are available to take out on the first floor of the Trenton Free Public Library in an old card catalog . 

  • Please take no more than 3 seed packet per patron.

  • Edible crops should only be planted in soil that has been tested for heavy metals.

  • Using raised beds or containers with clean compost or soil is recommended.

  • These are donated seeds and may not be re-sold.

Growing Information

Print outs of growing information is available at the seed library. Digital copies can be found below.

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station - New Jersey specific information on Gardening, Lawns, Insects, Pests and Wildlife - sponsored by Rutgers University. 

Master Gardeners of Mercer County - A volunteer organization that provides horticultural information and programs to the community.

Trenton Planting Schedule - A graphic that shows you when to start your plants.

What's wrong with my plant? - Information from the University of Minnesota on how to determine any issues your plants are having. 

American Community Gardening Association - Has resources and programs for both community gardeners and urban farmers around the USA and Canada.

Ultimate Guide To Gardening Resources -  An in-depth guide by REVIEWLAB, including general gardening resources, garden planning resources, garden teaching resources, gardening organizations, indoor gardening resources, gardening blogs and podcasts.

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA - TED Talks - Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."