Gardeners are getting ready for spring. More than 300 came out Saturday to a seed-swapping event in Omaha.
For a group of Girls Scouts, the swap was a first. The girls — Alana Wheeler, Reni Cimatoribus, Caroline Lesac and Mykaela Hall — set up a table with cucumber seeds and explained to people how the seeds should be planted.
They've been practicing their gardening. Their troop helped garden at the Salvation Army, 36th and Cuming Streets, last summer and fall.
“When they started, they were afraid of every bug. By the time they finished, they weren't,” said Georgianna Cimatoribus, troop leader.
While the girls spent a lot of time pulling weeds, they had a chance to plant seeds and visit with residents.
“It was pretty fun. We were busy,” said Alana, 8.
The girls completed gardening tasks on their own, but also learned about working together.
“We wanted them to be able to go out in the dirt and have some fun,” Cimatoribus said.
Mykaela, 7, picked up cantaloupe seeds at the swap and planned to plant them at home.
The seed swap was at the Douglas-Sarpy County Extension Office, 8015 West Center Road. The seeds available included fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as heirloom seeds.
“People could bring in seeds or get seeds,” said Mary Balluff of the Douglas County Health Department.
Master Gardeners were on hand to answer questions ranging from vegetable gardening to common tree diseases.
Rachel Steiner, branch manager of the Benson Library, spoke about the Omaha Public Library's new seed catalog.
“Seeds will be requestable, like books,” Steiner said.
Patrons can search for seeds in the catalog and request them.
While there's no charge for seeds, patrons are encouraged to bring seeds from their own gardens in return. The catalog will be housed at the Benson Library but is open to all branches.
“We're hoping to reach out to the community gardener groups,” Steiner said.
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