Seed Library of Laramie County

Come in and “borrow” seeds, grow them, and return seeds you save from your crop.

We have easy-to-grow seeds that will do well in our climate, so you’ll have success in your garden!

The Seed Library of Laramie County is a joint project of Laramie County Library System and Laramie County Master Gardeners. It is housed at the library in an effort to introduce residents to gardening, and provide education on seed-saving and developing a green thumb.

About the Seed Library:

  • It’s free and you don’t need a library card.
  • Choose from a variety of regionally-appropriate flowers, herbs, and vegetables.
  • Each person may check out 12 packets, up to 2 packets per type of seed. Each packet has enough seeds for a small garden.
  • Plant-specific handouts are available to help you start, grow, and enjoy your harvests.
  • Watch the library calendar for Seed Library programs, such as seed-saving, starting seeds indoors,  using raised beds, eating and preserving the harvest, and more.
Seed Library Events:

What to Do in the Fall Garden
Sunday, September 29
2-4pm
Cool days and crisp nights make autumn a great time for gardening! Learn about planting in the fall (including bulbs), collecting and caring for fall-ripened seeds, protecting and “winterizing” your garden, and providing winter habitat for wildlife. We’ll also discuss what you can do to make the spring gardening rush more manageable.
(Adults & Teens; Cottonwood Room)

To Check Out:

1) Visit the third floor of Laramie County Library.
2) Fill out a short registration form.
3) Search the Seed Library Catalog for available seeds.
4) Ask the Reference staff at the Ask Here desk to gather your seeds.

To Return:

1) Read our brochure on seed-saving.
2) Bring your saved seeds to the third floor Ask Here desk.
3) Fill out a short return form.
4) If you wish, donate money to support next year’s seed library.

Local Resources:

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
710 South Lions Park Drive
307.637.6458
www.botanic.org

Cheyenne Compost Facility
3714 Windmill Road
307.637.5518

Cheyenne Urban Forestry
520 West 8th Avenue
307.637.6428
www.cheyennetrees.com

Laramie County Conservation District
11221 U.S. Highway 30
307.772.2600
www.LCCDnet.org

Online Resources:

Cheyenne Garden Gossip
A blog by local gardener Barb Gorges
CheyenneGardenGossip.Wordpress.com

Colorado State University Extension
Yard and garden information.
Extension.Colostate.edu/Topic-Areas/Yard-Garden

University of Wyoming Extension
Wyoming-specific information
UWyo.edu/BarnBackyard/Resources/

Download our
Seed Catalog,
Click the icon on the left.

Cheyenne Planting Schedule
Knowing when to plant is one of the keys to successful vegetable gardening on the high plains. The following planting dates are based on Cheyenne’s average weather. The last average frost-free date is May 20. The first average frost date is September 20. Keep an eye on the sky and be ready to make adjustments! Adapted from Cheyenne Botanic Gardens (www.botanic.org)
After
April 15
Cabbage – seeds or plants
Leafy greens, lettuce – seeds or plants
Onion – seeds or plants
Pea – seeds
Spinach – seeds or plants
After
May 01
Beet – seeds
Carrot – seeds
Chard – seeds or plants
Herbs – seeds
Mustard – seeds or plants
Parsnip – seeds
Perennials – seeds or plants
Radish – seeds
Around
May 25
Bean (bush, pole) – seeds
Corn – seeds or plants
Cucumber – seeds or plants
Eggplant – plants
Pepper – plants
Tomato – plants
June 1-30 Annuals – check seed packet
Bean (bush) – seeds
Leafy greens – seeds
Pea – seeds
Root crops – seeds
Aug 1-10 Radish – seeds
Spinach – seeds or plants

Adapted from Cheyenne Botanic Gardens