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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.

Spinach

Pinetree Spinach Mix (Spinacia oleracea)

This a sampling of varieties that provide a multiple textures, flavors, and maturity rates..

Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 45 to full bolt, but can be harvested earlier.
Sun: Full sun, tolerates some shade
Start seeds outside in March and/or September Can be started inside 3-4 weeks before transplanting outside
Sow seeds 1/2” deep at 6”-12” spacing

Squash - Summer

Saffron yellow summer squash seeds, dimeSaffron Yellow Summer SquashesSaffron Yellow Summer Squash (Cucurbita pepo)

Sweet, tender, and the vine produces many squash on a smaller, single-stemmed bush.

Seeds and growing:

Growing days: 42
Sun: Full sun
Start seeds indoors then transplant when overnight temperatures are above 60.
Or, sow in or hills 4' apart, 2 seeds/hill.

Tomato

Sheboygan Paste TomatosSheboygan Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)

A juicy, oblong, paste heirloom tomato. Great for both eating fresh and making a sauce.

Seeds and growing:

Indeterminate variety
Growing days: 80
Sun: Full
Start indoors in April, sow seeds 1/4" deep, and transplant after frost (May-June) at 18" spacing. Plants require staking or a trellis.

Indeterminate plants continually grow and produce tomatoes all along the stems throughout the growing season. They can grow very tall and will need a cage or trellis.

Determinate plants reach a certain plant height and then stop growing. The will produce the tomatoes within a month each other or all at once. most will need a cage for added support especially as the tomatoes grow heavier.

Tomatoes - Cherry & Pear

Peacevine cherry tomato seeds, dimePeacevine Cherry Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)

Very productive! One inch spherical fruits that are sweet, firm, juicy and a joy to eat  - just like candy!
Seeds and growing:

Indeterminate variety
Growing days: 78
Sun: Full
Start indoors in April, sow seeds 1/4" deep, and transplant after frost (May-June) at 3 feet spacing.

 

Fargo Yellow Pear Tomato Fargo Yellow Pear Tomato (Solanum esculentum)

Large, golden pears with a meaty texture and sweet flavor. Yields about 36 fruits.
Seeds and growing:

Determinate variety
Growing days: 82
Sun: Full
Start indoors in March-April, sow seeds 1/4" deep, and transplant after frost (May-June) at 3 feet spacing.

Indeterminate plants continually grow and produce tomatoes all along the stems throughout the growing season. They can grow very tall and will need a cage or trellis.

Determinate plants reach a certain plant height and then stop growing. The will produce the tomatoes within a month each other or all at once. most will need a cage for added support especially as the tomatoes grow heavier.

Watermelon

Sugar Baby Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
Great for smaller growing spaces, Sugar Baby Watermelon is a very sweet, deep red fleshed, 8-10 lb sized round melon. Vines are shorter and melons ripen earlier in the season.
Growing days: 85
Sun: Full
Begin seeds indoors, 1/2" deep, and transplant outside after last frost. Can also direct seed 3-5 feet apart.

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