Status: 22.09.2023, 06:05 a.m.
By: Josef Ametsbichler
Margit Napieralla with her seed library. © Stefan Rossmann
Vegetables, flowers, herbs: The Ebersberg Public Library has launched a new lending idea in Ebersberg. She collects and "lends" seeds.
Ebersberg – Together with Agenda Nature, the Ebersberg Public Library is working on setting up a seed library. This basically works like a library, but instead of taking books home with them, users can borrow seeds from various ornamental and useful plants for the garden or balcony, explains Margit Napieralla from the library in Bürgermeister-Müller-Straße. The principle is quite simple: the hobby gardeners collect vegetable seeds and other plant seeds, plant them at home and, after a successful harvest, bring back some of the new seeds dried.
The library team has copied the principle from others, for example in Rosenheim there is already the principle of the "Library of Things", where you can borrow more than books and other media. "I think it's a great idea!" says Napieralla. Agenda Natur has made a collection box, corresponding bags are already being handed out, because it is currently harvest time for some garden plants.
The "borrowing" phase begins in spring
The team came up with four categories: vegetables, flowers, herbs and wildflowers. Now Margit Napieralla hopes that some seed donations will be collected before the planting season and thus the "borrowing" phase begins in spring. "That's when it gets interesting," says the head of the public library.
In addition to the joy of gardening, the main goal is the preservation of native species and biodiversity: If plants are grown in the same location over several generations, they adapt better and better to the climate, become more robust and produce more yields, the library argues. Seed donations are already being accepted.
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