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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.

Basil

Basil seeds. dimeGenovese Basil leavesGenovese basil (Ocimum basilicum)

This sweet basil is great for pestos and other dishes.

Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 60
Sun: Full sun
Start seeds indoors between mid-April and the fist of May. Sow seeds 1/4” deep, 8” apart. Transplant after overnight temperatures are above 50°. Plant them ~10" apart.

Chives

Chives seeds, dimeChives in bloom in the fieldChives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Cut leaves to chop over foods for an onion flavor. Lilac-colored flowers can be eaten or enjoyed in arrangements fresh or dried.
Seeds and growing: 

Growing days: 80
Sun: Full sun / Partial shade
Growth habit: 1-2' tall slender leaves.
Start seeds indoors in early March, or seed directly in spring 1" apart, 1/4 inch deep.
Transplant after overnight temperatures are above 50°. Plant them ~10" apart.

Oregano

Oregano seeds, dimeOregano leavesGreek Oregano (Origanum heracleoticum)
Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 85-90
Sun: Full sun
Start seeds indoors in early March. Lay seed on soil, tamp down - don't cover with soil. Thin or transplant plants to 12" apart when 2" tall. Pick leaves as needed.

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