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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.


Lettuce Grand Rapids seeds, dimeLettuce leaves- Grand Rapids varietyGrand Rapids Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)    
Seeds and growing:
Sun: Sun/Partial Shade
Growing days: 45
Type: Loose-leaf head
Direct seed 2" apart in late spring. Thin to 6" apart for larger leaves. As plants begin to crowd, pick individual leaves regularly for use.



Snap Pea, Magnolia blossom seeds, dimePeas pods on the vine in the field with foliageMagnolia Blossom Snap Pea (Pisum savivum)
A climbing snap pea with lovely bicolored pink-purple flowers. Sweet, crunchy snap peas have a purple stripe running down the center of the pod; best eating is after the pods fatten but before the stripe darkens. Will definitely prefer a trellis or fence to climb, since the vines can reach 5-8 ft! The tendrils are also great to eat in salads or as a garnish, and taste just like peas.
Seeds and growing:
Growing days: 60
Sun: Full
Begin seeds indoors 1” deep, 4” apart, and transplant outside after last frost. Can also direct seed 2-4" apart.

Pepper, Hot

Collection of peppers of red, yellow and orange collorations

Beaver Dam Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
Both sweet and with heat. The horn-shaped fruit average 6 inches long and 2 ½ inches at the shoulder, tapering to a blunt point. Most of its mild spice is in its ribs so you can excise those if you wish, or leave them in to enjoy its nice peppery flavor. Heat: 500–1,000 Scovilles.
Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 80-90
Sun: Full
Start indoors in April, sow seeds 1/4" deep, and transplant after frost (May-June) at 12" spacing.

Peppers, Sweet

Apple Sweet Red Pepper seeds, DimeRed, yellow and green bell peppersMichigan Wonder Sweet Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
Bred and released in 1939, this hybrid of the California Wonder was developed to handle Michigan's cooler and shorter growing season. It has a thick wall, good for a fresh-eating crunch and perfect for baking stuffed peppers. Left on the vine past 65 days it will develop a nice, red color.
Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 65 (green) - 90 (full red)
Sun: Full
Start indoors in mid-late March. Sow seeds 1/4" deep, and transplant after frost (May-June) at 12" spacing.6-28 days to germination.

Note: These are Sow Easy seeds and are pelleted with an all-natural coating made from a mix of clay, perlite, and FDA-approved food coloring. This coating adds some bulk to small seeds and stands out in the soil, making direct sowing and accurate spacing easier than ever. However, the coating does add a few days to the germination time when compared to uncoated seed.


Cherry Belle Radish Seeds, DimeCluster of red spherical radishesCherry Belle Radish (Raphanus sativus)
One of the earliest radishes, it's a smooth, red-skinned bunching radish making spheres 3/4" across with firm white flesh.
Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 25
Sun: Full
In early spring, sow 2 seeds per inch in the row. Cover seeds firmly with soil. When plants have 3 or 4 leaves, thin to 1 inch apart. For a steady crop, sow every 10 days until warm weather and again in the fall until 30 days before frost.

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