Welcome to the 2020
Ottawa Seed Library Newsletter
Hello fellow OSL members,
I am sure you are wondering where you can pick up some seeds after yesterdays announcements from the City of Ottawa of the closures of all of their facilities until April 5th, followed most likely by several emails of postponed gardening workshops and local Seedy Saturdays. The OSL is committed to getting seeds into your hands and will do this in one of 2 ways:
1. By mail - click here and send us an email of the seeds you would like to borrow from the seed library
2. In Person Pick Up - There are designated 2 locations you can pick up seeds. One in the east end of Ottawa and one in the West. Email us for the addresses.
Wondering what seeds are in the inventory, click here.
There is a lot of uncertainty right now in our day to day lives, so let the Ottawa Seed Library team provide a bright spot right now. The practice of sowing seeds, smelling an open bag of potting soil, getting your hands dirty, looking at the different sizes and colours and textures of seeds, perhaps putting on some music while you plant and thinking about the taste of a bountiful garden can hopefully help carry you through these unprecedented times. Spring blooms are coming.
Connect with The Ottawa Seed Library on Instagram
Tired of just saving seeds from the fruits – and vegetables – of your labour? So are we! For the upcoming season, the Ottawa Seed Library welcomes you to showcase your favourite plant varieties on your Instagram page. As many of us will invest time and effort into our garden, we feel it is fitting to want to share our achievements with the seed saving community. To get started, we put together a guide outlining how to display the fruits of your efforts to the Ottawa Seed Library Community using Instagram.
Log in or Sign up for Instagram
If you don’t have the Instagram app, you will need to visit the App Store on your phone and proceed to download it (for free). Once you have completed this task, sign up by entering your name and email.
Post Your Pictures on Instagram
Post photos through the growing season from seed to seed harvest, of the species you have borrowed from the seed library. Follow this simple hashtag process to inform the OSL and followers what species of plants you are growing. #ottseedlibrary #(common name)onepennysquash. The common name of the plants is found on the OSL seed package.
Ottawa Seed Library Obtains Permission to Use Photos
Please be advised, if you choose to share to the Ottawa Seed Library’s Instagram, you will be permitting us to use the pictures for future promotional activities. In this way, we are not obliged to provide photo credit.
Want to See Other Members Photo
Use the hastags to search for the pictures posted by other members of the OSL in our community. Search #ottseedlibrary or use #plus the common name of the plant to find others growing the same vegetables.