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Seed Library Growing Companion: Collections

Lists of books and resources on starting, growing and harvesting vegetables and flowers in your own back yard! Created in conjunction with the Davenport Library Seed Library.

Collections available at the Davenport Public Library


Collections bring together an assortment of seeds that fit into a specific category. A variety of seeds are collected into a single envelope, making a quick and easy way to build your seed collection. Try one of our selections and tell us what you think!

The Seed Library is open for the 2024 season! Come get seeds between March 1st and September 30th.


Salsa Garden Collection

Grow your own salsa! Grow this collection of plants in your vegetable garden and make fresh salsa all summer. These annual plants are easy to grow and will yield lots of delicious fruits and flavors. They will do best in full sun.

This collection contains seeds for the following plants:

*Tomato - Amish Paste

*Tomato - Beefsteak

*Tomato - Red Cherry

*Tomato - Roma

*Tomatillo - Green Husk

*Tomatillo - Purple

*Onion - Red Ruby

*Onion - Red Wethersfield

*Pepper - Challeano

*Pepper - Orange Bell

*Jalapeno - Traveler Strain



Cutting Garden Seed Collection

It doesn’t take a lot of room to have fresh flowers in your home all season! Provide some sunshine, moderate watering and a patch of soil in your established vegetable garden or flower bed (or create an entire garden for cutting!) and these easy-to-grow flowers will fill your vases with brilliant color. They are also much loved by native pollinators such as bees and butterflies. These flowers are all annuals.


This collection contains seeds for the following plants:

*Amaranth - Love Lies Bleeding

*Bachelor’s Buttons - Blue Boy

*Coleus - Rainbow Mix

*Cosmos - Sea Shells

*Snapdragon - Tetra Mix

*Sunflower - Valentine

*Sunflower - Velvet Queen

*Sweet Pea - Grandiflora mix

*Zinnia - Giant Double Flowered Canary Bird

*Zinnia - Seed Savers Exchange Mix

Prairie Seed Collection

Iowa is in the heart of the tallgrass prairie region with 70-80% of the state once covered by prairie. Recreate a tiny piece of the native landscape by planting seeds from our Prairie Seed Collection. Once established, these plants will return year after year, are heat and drought resistant and attract native birds, bees and butterflies. They will do best in full sun.


This collection contains seeds for the following plants:


*Little Bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)

*Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

*Purple cornflower (Echinacea purpurea)

*Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

*Blazingstar (Liatris pysnostachya)

*Purple Prairie clover (Dalea purpurea)

*Red Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

*Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)