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Thomas Volkening 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.

'Grand Rapids' Lettuce has been selected for the 2023 Michigan Seed Library Network's One Seed, One State initiative.



Sugar Snap Pea SeedsSugar Snap PeasSugar Snap Peas (Pisum sativum)

Sugar Snap peas are so tasty that people will eat it directly off the vine! It produces 3" long pods that are a 1/2" across, on tall vines that, with support, can grow up to 6 feet plus. It yields well over a long picking period, in both hot and cold weather - great for Michigan growers!
Plant the first sowing in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Sow 2″ apart, 1″ deep, with rows 12″-18″ apart

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.