• The Seed Library Main Library, Welcome Desk

    This Spring, get growing with our new Seed Library! Take (or donate) seeds for vegetables and other plants and start a garden of your own. Find the Seed Library near the Welcome Desk at the Main Library.

  • Yoga at The Plot
    Garden Yoga

    Yoga at The Plot

    Set yourself in The Plot — the Main Library's Community Garden — while Sarah Kelley of Centered City Yoga guides you through stretches and restorative poses. Suitable for all experience levels.

  • How to Participate Gardening at The Plot

    Plots are assigned by lottery. The application is open from January 5–February 15. Gardeners who fulfill policy requirements — including plot maintenance, meeting attendance and community behavior expectations — may reapply for the same plot each year.

  • Composting at The Plot

    Compost is decomposed organic material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen waste. It provides many essential nutrients for plant growth and therefore is often used as fertilizer. Compost also improves soil structure so that soil can easily hold the correct amount of moisture, nutrients and air.

  • #ThePlotSLC
    Share your adventures at the Plot! #Theplotslc

    #ThePlotSLC

    Attending a workshop, tending to your garden bed or just enjoying the view... Capture the moment with a phone or camera and share your photos with us by using the hashtag #ThePlotSLC.

  • Garden Fundamentals Workshop Planting Garlic
  • If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero

    The Plot is a learning laboratory for Library patrons to sow, grow, and share using sustainable gardening practices. Each gardener is the author of their own plot, fostering life in a dense urban area.

The Plot Community Garden


ABOUT THE PLOT

MISSION

The Plot is a learning laboratory for Library patrons to sow, grow, and share using sustainable gardening practices. Each gardener is the author of their own plot, fostering life in a dense urban area.

RULES OF OPERATION

The Plot is a community garden open to all patrons of the library from sunrise to sunset. The garden is tended by member-patrons that applied via lottery to have a free plot. Please do not pick from the garden if you are not a member. Everyone is allowed to enjoy the garden space respectfully and watch it grow.


The Plot consists of 12 raised 8' x 4' garden beds. Plots are assigned by lottery. The application is open from January 5 through February 15 each year and will be available here.

To be considered for this lottery, you must be over 18 years of age and live between North Temple and 900 South and between 600 West and 700 East. Only one garden plot per household is permitted. Gardeners will be informed of their allotment on or before March 1.

Gardeners who fulfill policy requirements — including plot maintenance, meeting attendance and community behavior expectations — may reapply for the same plot each year.



If accepted as a gardener you must have the time to cultivate your garden. Below is an estimate of the time you should plan on allotting to The Plot per week:

GARDEN TASK SPRING SUMMER FALL
Weeding/Bed Preparation 2 hours 2 hours 1 hour
Watering 1 hour .5 hour 0 hour
Planting 1.5 hours .5 hour .5 hour
Harvesting .5 hour 1 hour 1.5 hour
       
TOTAL hours per week 5 hours 4 hours 3 hours

If you are not able to commit to authoring a plot for a whole season you can still participate! See the Composting and Classes at The Plot sections to the right or come to a volunteer session every 2nd Saturday of the month from 8:30–10:30am between May and October. Volunteers will be thanked with produce or seeds upon availability.



Seed Library

The Seed Library exists to establish a culture of saving seed, encourage growth of local plant varieties, and cultivate a community of sharing.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Seed Library, whether you have spare seeds to donate that would otherwise go to waste or you want to casually try your hand at growing a garden and need some seed in order to do so. Seed Library members may also choose to check out seeds in the spring, grow them, harvest the seeds when they are ready, and return them in the fall for others to borrow. The goal is to get people growing!

The seeds are housed in a card catalog, organized by plant family and seed variety for participants to browse what they want to grow. The Seed Library can be found near the Welcome Desk on Level 1 of the Main Library from March 9 through June 30, It will reopen for returns from September 1 through November 30. In the meantime, it can be found on Level 3 near the gardening books.

The Seed Library was established in March 2019 in partnership with Wasatch Community Gardens.

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Why Save Seed?


Promote biodiversity: Large seed companies often have a limited variety of hybrid seeds,that do not produce viable offspring. Saving and sharing seed promotes a more diverse network of seed that is viable and can be used to breed your own varieties. Some unique plants only exist in the possession of one or two gardeners. Seed sharing helps save some seeds that are in danger of disappearing.

Preserve characteristics: By saving your own seeds you can hand pick seed from your best plants based off of taste, color, smell, and productivity. Preserving these characteristics helps broaden the genetic diversity within garden plant varieties.

Local adaptation: By saving and distributing seed locally, we increase the vitality and resilience of our plants. Collecting seed and replanting it results in increasing resistance to local disease and insects. It also encourages our plants to become more well adapted to local climates and soil conditions.

Connect with your garden and community: Participating in local seed-saving efforts gives you a deeper connection with your garden because of the connection you have with the gardeners that produced that seed. It also deepens your connection with your community when you save and share seeds of your own with others, broadening your influence on sustainable gardening practices.

Protect Pollinators: Allowing some of your garden plants to mature and flower supports pollinators by providing a source of food, and in return they pollinate your plants allowing you to harvest seeds for the following year.

Save money: Saving and sharing seed is far less expensive than purchasing new seed every growing season. By saving seed year to year you can essentially eliminate costs associated with purchasing new seed.


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To Check Out Seeds


• Peruse the card catalog and pick out up to three seed packets.

• Note the growing advice listed on the dividers. Also note the difficulty level of the seed you are taking. This does not indicate how hard the plant is to grow, but how difficult the seed is to save.

• Bring the packet(s) to the Welcome Desk to complete the check out process with the Librarian there.

At the Welcome Desk, you will be reminded that:
You become a member of our seed library automatically when you check out seeds to plant! We operate on the honor system and encourage all members to learn basic seed saving techniques. Please read through our info binder and ask questions! If, for whatever reason, you are unable to save your own seed, please consider donating a package or two of fresh, commercially-grown, open-pollinated (non-hybrid, non-GMO) seed to keep our library stocked. Returning seed is part of your membership and will allow us to keep the library well stocked for everyone!


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To Donate or Return Seeds


Go to the Donations & Returns box at the Welcome Desk:

• Please do not donate seeds that are more than 3 years old unless you have taken measures to preserve them impeccably.

• If the seeds you are donating have little to no labeling, fill out a label in the SEED LABEL BINDER and place it on your packet.

• If you have seeds in a pre-labeled packet, simply drop them in the box.

• If you would like to be credited with donating seeds, label packets with your name.

• If you do not have a secure packet, put seeds in the baggies provided, and label them.

• See labeling instructions in the SEED LABEL BINDER.

Before placing your donated seeds in the box, remember:
We must protect the seeds and agriculture that our lives depend on, keeping it a stable foundation for future generations. We ask all donors to promise that they are returning viable seed that will produce plants that are true to the variety they label them to be.




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Wasatch Community Gardens


The City Library is a member in the Wasatch Community Gardens Garden Leadership Network. This network has helped Emma Wilson, Community Garden Coordinator of The Plot, to answer questions about best practices for running a community garden. Other benefits include seedling donations from the Wasatch Community Gardens plant sale and discounted admission to Wasatch Community Gardens workshops.


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Urban Indian Center


The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake is a community center serving tribes that are native to Utah such as the Ute, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone and Navajo (Diné). Participating youth tend a plot with their caregivers and counselors.


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Children's Synergistic Learning Collaborative


Children's Synergistic Learning Collaborative (CSLC) is a school made up of children of all ages and abilities and skilled educators who accompany them as they pursue interests and develop essential skills and competencies, recognizing local community and surrounding environment — including The Plot — as foremost resources for learning.


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First Step House


First Step House is a leading organization in the field of addiction recovery, helping people who are struggling with substance use and behavioral health disorders. A First Step organizer and social worker was allotted a plot in February 2018, and brings a small group of her clients to tend it.


Wasatch Community Gardens            Red Butte Gardens            Urban Indian Center            First Step House