Seed Library

To borrow seeds, please visit the Gaylord Memorial Library or call us at 538-5047 with your request (leave voicemail if outside of regular business hours and someone will return your call Thurs-Sat) or you can contact us using this form.

How does the Seed Library work?

  1. Select samples from up to five (5) different varieties of seeds.
    • For small seeds like lettuce, borrow ¼ teaspoon of seeds.
    • For large seeds like beets, borrow up to eight (8) seeds.
  2. Complete membership form.
  3. How to figure out what seeds to borrow;
    • Seeds behind the green dot are easiest to harvest from and the ones we hope to get back.
    • When you return a seed packet, please write down your name, town, where seeds were planted, and estimated hours of sunlight.
    • If you do not plant the seeds you borrowed, please feel free to return the packet, if you wish, and let us know of any difficulties you may have had with planting.
    • If you do not harvest the seeds you borrow, also feel free to let us know if you had difficulty gathering seeds.
  4. You may drop off any seeds you didn’t use in our donation box.

**Please note that for we ask for seeds from plants grown without the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides. Do not return seeds that are grown with non-organic pesticides.**

This program was started in part by a grant from the South Hadley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. It continues to be supported by grants from the DeNucci Group at Merrill Lynch.

Ready to get started?

The chart below can help you figure out a planting schedule for your vegetables. For more information on the best planting schedules in your region click here to be transferred to Urban Farmer.

plant schedule zone 5



  • Black-eyed Susan’s
  • Calendula
  • Columbine
  • Gayfeather: Latris, purple, perrenial
  • Iris: Variegated (purple + white)
  • Lily: Yellow Day Lily
  • Marigold: Mix
  • Marigold: Rust Colored Short
  • Moonflower: Giant White
  • Morning Glory: Grandpa Ott
  • Morning Glory: Red, Cardinal Climber
  • Nasturtium
  • Petunia: Choice Mix
  • Poppy: Dwarf CA, Yellow
  • Snapdragon: Dwarf Mix
  • Sweet Pea: High Scent
  • Wild Flower Seed Mix
  • Zinnia’s: Mother’s Garden


  • Melon: Canteloupe, Honey Rock
  • Melon: Crenshaw
  • Watermelon: Yellow Heirloom


  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Sage,


  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy: Baby Choi
  • Broccoli: Di Ciccio
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage: Napa
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Corn: Sweet Corn; Country Gentleman
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant: Black Beauty
  • Greens: Baby Greens, Apple Blosson Swiss Chard, Red Russian Kale
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi: Early White Vienna
  • Lettuce: Romaine
  • Mesclun: Spicy Mix
  • Peas
  • Peppers: Chile Jalapeno, Sweet Pepper
  • Pepperonchini: Italy
  • Pumpkin: Triple Treat
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Squash: Honey Nut, Butternut, Winter Squash, Early Acorn Hybrid
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomato: Polish Lady, Coxheart tomato, Yellow Pear

For more information about saving seeds, and the best ways to maintain them, click the links below:

The Millennium Seed Bank Resources by Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

New England Wild Flower Society