Seed Library

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.



This program is supported 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.


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



Beans: Agate Soybean • Dragon’s Tongue • Hutterite Soup • Scarlet Runner Bean Red Flower • Turkey Craw

Corn: Blue Jade • Golden Bantam Improved • Roy’s Calais Flint • Seneca Red Stalker • Two Inch Strawberry

Cucumbers: A & C Pickling • Double Yield • Mexican Sour Gherkin • Parisian Pickling • True Lemon

Eggplants: Diamond • Listada de Gandia • Pingtung Long • Purple Pickling • Rosa Bianca

Melons: Blacktail Mountain Watermelon • Boule d’Or Melon • Cream of Saskatchewan Watermelon • Emerald Gem Melon • Minnesota Midget Melon • Moon & Stars Van Doren Watermelon • Mountain Sweet Yellow Watermelon • Orangelo Watermelon • Petit Gris de Rennes Melon • Petite Yellow Watermelon • Prescott Fond Blanc Melon • Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon

Radishes: Early Scarlet Globe • White Beauty

Squash: Burgess Buttercup • Golden Hubbard • Long Island Cheese • Marina di Chioggia • Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck • Potimarron • Strawberry Crown • Summer Crookneck • Table Queen



Flowers: Benary’s Giant Zinnia • Black-Eyed Susan Vine • Bunny Tails • Cup and Saucer Vine • Grandiflora Mixture Sweet Pea • Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory • Jewels of Opar • Persian Carpets Zinnia • Ruby Moon Hyacinth Bean • Sensation Cosmos Mixture • Starfire Signet Marigold • Strawflower Mixture • White Cypress Vine • Zulu Prince Daisy

Tomatoes: Black Cherry • Black from Tula • Cherry Roma • Earliana • Federle • Italian Heirloom • Jaune Flamme • Kellogg’s Breakfast • Opalka



Broccoli: Calabrese • De Cicco • Romanesco

Cabbages: Copenhagen Market • Early Jersey Wakefield • Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts • Mammoth Red Rock • Premium Late Flat Dutch

Greens: Georgia Southern Collard • Mustard Byrd • Red Russian Kale • Vates Collard

Miscellaneous: Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry • Borage Herb • Bull’s Blood Beet • Dr. Wyche’s Yellow Tomatillo • Garden Huckleberry • Joan Rutabaga • Mammoth Sandwich Island Salsify • Poole’s Okra • Purple Vienna Kohlrabi • St. Valery Carrot • Warted Mixture Gourd • Yellow Borettana Onion

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