Seed Library

Seeds are available for pick up during curbside hours only (currently Fridays 1-4:45pm). If you are not available during this time, we can prepare your seeds and have them sent down to the South Hadley Public Library for pick up.

To borrow seeds, please call the Gaylord Memorial Library at 538-5047 with your request (leave voicemail if outside of regular business hours and someone will return your call Wed-Fri) 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: McKana’s Giant Mixed Colors (perennial)
  • Cup and Saucer Vine
  • Daisy: Zulu Prince Daisy
  • Gayfeather: Latris, purple, perrenial
  • Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory
  • Hyacinth: Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean
  • Iris: Variegated (purple + white)
  • Jewels of Opar
  • Lily: Yellow Day Lily
  • Marigold: Mix; Rust Colored Short; Starfire Signet
  • Moonflower: Giant White
  • Morning Glory: Red, Cardinal Climber
  • Nasturtium
  • Petunia: Choice Mix; Royalty Mix
  • Pinks: Dianthus
  • Poppy: Dwarf CA, Yellow
  • Sensation Cosmos Mixture
  • Snapdragon: Dwarf Mix
  • Strawflower Mixture
  • Sweet Pea: Gradiflora Mixture; High Scent
  • White Cypress Vine
  • Wild Flower Seed Mix
  • Zinnia’s: Mother’s Garden


  • Huckleberry: Garden Huckleberry
  • Melon: Boule D’Or; Canteloupe, Honey Rock; Crenshaw; Emerald Gem; Minnesota Midget; Petit Gris De Rennes;
  • Prescott Fond Blanc; Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon
  • Strawberry: Alpine
  • Watermelon: Cream of Saskatchewan; Moon & Stars (Cherokee); Moon & Stars (Van Doren); Mountain Sweet
  • Yellow; Orangeglo; Petite Yellow; Yellow Heirloom


  • Basil, Sweet: Ocimum basilicum
  • Borage
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Mustard 78: Brassica Juncea ‘Byrd’
  • Parsley, Extra Curled Dwarf
  • Sage, Common: Salvia officinalis


  • Bean: Garden Bean; Stringless Green Pod; Henderson’s Lima; Skunk Beans Green; Soybean: Agate; Ruby Moon
  • Beets: Detroit Dark Red, Medium Top; White beets
  • Broccoli: Calabrese; Di Ciccio; Romanesco
  • Brussels Sprouts: Long Island Improved
  • Cabbage: Copenhagen Market; Eary Jersey Wakefield; Mammoth Red Rock; Premium Late Flat Dutch
  • Carrot: Danvers Half Long; Nantes Supreme; Short ‘n Sweet
  • Celery: Tall Utah 52-70 R Improved
  • Collard: Georgia Southern; Vates
  • Corn: Blue Jade; Golden Bantam Improved; Roy’s Calais Fling; Sweet Corn; Country Gentleman; Two Inch Strawberry
  • Cucumber: A & C Pickling; Burpee Pickler Hybrid; Double Yield; Garden Sweet Burpless Hybrid; Muncher (Burpless); Orient Express II (burpless hybrid); Parisian Pickling; Straight Eight (slicing variety)
  • Eggplant: Diamond; Listada de Gandia; Rosa Bianca
  • Gourd: Warted Mixture
  • Kale: Red Russian
  • Kohlrabi: Early White Vienna; Purple Vienna
  • Mesclun: Spicy Mix
  • Okra: Poole’s
  • Onion: Yellow Borettana
  • Pepper: Sweet Pepper, Chinese Giant; long Pepper Blend; Jalapeno; Ornamental
  • Pepperonchini: Italy
  • Pumpkin: Heirloom Sugar Pumpkin; Triple Treat
  • Radish: Cherry Belle; Early Scarlet Globe; Valentine’s Day Blend Radish
  • Rutabaga: Joan
  • Salsify: Mammoth Sandwich Island
  • Spinach: Big Ruffles Hybrid
  • Squash: Baby Butternut Squash (Honey Nut); Burgess Buttercup; Golden Hubbard; Kabocha Winter Squash; Kurin; Marina Di Chioggia; Organic Honeynut (mini butternut); Organic Waltham Butternut; Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck; Potimarron; Strawberry Crown; Summer Crookneck; Winter Squash, Early Acorn Hybrid; Butternut Squash; Yellow Squash
  • Swiss Chard: Fordhook Giant
  • Tomatillo: Dr. Wyche’s Yellow
  • Tomato: Black Cherry; Black from Tula; Cherry Roma; Earliana Heirloom; Federle; Ground Cherry, Aunt Molly’s; Jaune Flamme; Opalka; 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