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Seed Library at MSU Libraries

The MSU Library Seed Library is a publicly accessible place to pick-up some seeds for vegetable, herb and flower growing.


Detroit Dark Red Beet seeds, dimeCluster of beets with topsDetroit Dark Red Short Top Beet (Beta vulgaris)
Sweet and delicious vibrantly golden beets with delicious greens.  Exceptional 3" diameter dark red globes that are suited for boiling, pickling, canning, baking, and freezing.
Seeds and growing:
Growing days: 60
Sun: Full
Sow outside, 1/2" deep almost as soon as ground can be worked. Thin to (or plant) seedlings 3" apart.


Dragon Carrot seeds, dimeImage of orange and yellow carrots and slicesCulinary Blend of Carrots (Daucus carota)
This mix of yellow, orange and white carrots can be enjoyed in many ways. Great fresh, in stir-frys, grilling and steaming. Carrots average about 4"-8” long.
Seeds and growing:
To help carrot seeds germinate, place a damp sheet or burlap over the soil after planting and water regularly.
Growing days: 60-70 (the longer, the bigger)
Sun: Full
Plant seeds 1/4" deep, 6" apart. Sow outside in early spring.



Marketmore 76 Cucumber seeds, dimeCucumber fruit and vine in the fieldMarketmore 76 Slicing Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)
Seeds and growing:
Straight 8” dark green fruit that snap crisp and cool in the heat of summer. Perfect in salads or sandwiches. Cucumbers require rain or frequent watering for best development.
Growing days: 63
Sun: Full to light shade
Begin seeds indoors and transplant outside after last frost. Can also direct seed 2-3 seeds 1" deep, 3" apart in late spring.

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