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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

Lettuce mix of seeds, dimeLettuce varieites in the fieldLettuce - Mix of varieties

A joyful mix of flavors, color and textures. Varieties include romaines, red-leafed varieties, and butterheads.
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.

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.

 

Peppers, Sweet

Apple Sweet Red Pepper seeds, DimeRed, yellow and green bell peppersBell Pepper Mix (Capsicum annuum)
Sweet, mild and crunchy, these bell peppers can be enjoyed fresh, in salads and in dishes like stir frys. This seed mix contains a blend of Orange Sun Bell Pepper seeds, Autumn Bell Pepper seeds, Canary Bell Pepper seeds, Purple Beauty Bell Pepper seeds and California Wonder Bell Pepper seeds. 
Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 65-80
Sun: Full
Start indoors in April, sow seeds 1/4" deep, and transplant after frost (May-June) at 12" spacing.

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.

Radish

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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