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Sunday: CLOSED
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Tuesday: 9
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Wednesday: 9
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Thursday: 9
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Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Seed Library

An Joint Project of The Newton Falls Public Library and Pioneer Girlz


What is a seed library?

A seed library is a collection of seeds, made available for community use. “Borrow” our seeds for your garden this year. Enjoy your plants and veggies all summer, and take a few extra minutes this fall to harvest seeds to return to the library.

Is this free?

Yes, these seeds are provided at no cost to you. However, a great deal of time and effort on the part of our volunteers has gone into the saving of these seeds. Please consider them as priceless rather than free, and do your best to return your harvested seeds in the fall. No matter what happens with your seeds, you will never be charged any penalty for checking them out. We cannot guarantee any seed availability or viability.

How do I harvest seeds?

You can pick up information about saving seeds when you check out your seeds. We have chosen these particular seeds because they are the easiest to harvest without cross-pollination. More information can be found at the websites listed below. In addition, the library will be holding several seed saving workshops over the summer to show you how to save your seeds.

Can I save all the seeds from my garden?

Unfortunately only heirloom or open pollinated plants will produce seeds we can use in our seed library. At the present time, only plants grown from library seed, should be harvested for return to the library. If you have other seeds you believe can be used for the seed library, please contact Chrissy Braun.

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Seed Saving Tips:

Most of the seeds in our library need to be started inside, and transplanted outdoors when the weather warms.

Labeling both your seeds and plants is important at all stages. If you intend to save seeds for our library, we need to know what variety of tomato or pepper you have saved.

The numbers listed on your packet indicate to us what variety and set of seeds are checked out to you. This number is the most important information you can return to us with your seeds.




#2 Tomato: Mortgage Lifter              

 Produces extra large beefsteak tomatoes with few seeds and mild flavor. Fruits are pink when mature and perfect for slicing on sandwiches. Bears fruit all summer long. Indeterminate vines need staking or tall caging.


 #4 Tomato: Black Krim

 Medium sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavor. Extremely tasty. Indeterminate vine grows 36-40 in. high.


 #5 Tomato: Brandywine

 Large, indeterminate potato leaf vines produce deep red fruits weighing up to 2 lb. with excellent mild, balanced heirloom flavor.


#7 Tomato: Yellow Pear

Little pear shaped yellow tomato, great addition to salads, these tasty little tomatoes are extremely prolific and grow quite tall, so stake well.  Taste improves as the season progresses. Harvest only fully ripened fruit.


#9 Tomato: Amish Paste

Large for a sauce tomato, slightly irregular plum to strawberry shaped fruits avg. 8-12 oz. with excellent flavor. These meaty tomatoes are good in salads and great for processing.


#10 Tomato: Matt’s Wild Cherry

These small cherry tomatoes are deep red, have a tender smooth texture and sweet full flavor. High sugar content. Though flavor is superior, it doesn’t yield as well as modern varieties, and the fruits are soft. Fantastic in salsa and for fresh eating. Some resistance to early and late blight.


#11 Tomato: Boxcar Willie

Prolific yields of smooth, reddish-orange fruits averaging a large 10 to 16 oz.! With an old-fashioned flavor you'll remember from childhood, these high-yielding, multi-use tomatoes will last throughout the season and are ideal for canning, freezing or for home-cooked meals. Crack-free and disease resistant.


#12 Tomato: Rutgers

This old favorite was introduced in 1934 as a cross between the "Marglobe" and "JTP" varieties. Known for having thick walls and a resistance to cracking. Great taste, compact plants, attractive fruit.


#21 Bell Pepper: California Wonder

The standard bell pepper produces smooth four lobed blocky bell peppers with thick walls and large fruit. Color changes from green to red as the fruit matures, and is delicious in either color. 


#27 Jalapeno Hot Pepper

A hot jalapeno pepper, compact plants produce many small green peppers that will slowly turn to red as the fruit matures. Jalapenos are used in a wide variety of recipes. They are popular fresh, cooked, pickled, dried, and great in salsa.


#28 Sweet Hungarian Banana Pepper

An old heirloom variety that has been grown for centuries in Europe. It works equally well in a salad or as a stuffer. Very prolific – don’t be surprised if you see 20-30 peppers per plant.


#29 Golden Treasure Pepper

Italian variety, excellent for frying, roasting, and fresh eating. Nine-inch long fruits ripen from green to shiny yellow. Sweet medium-thick flesh and tender skin.


#201 Bull Nose Bell Pepper

Likely introduced to North America in the 1700's. In 1812, Thomas Jefferson recorded the Bull Nose peppers in his garden calendar at Monticello. Crisp fruits ripen from green to red with an excellent flavor. Productive sturdy plants. 


#32 Green Arrow Pea

These vines grow approximately 30” and produce 10 to 11 seeds per pod. Pods are 4” to 5” in length. This open-pollinated variety is resistant to Fusarium Wilt and Powdery Mildew. Please be advised that peas are a cool-season crop and should be planted when the soil becomes workable in spring.


#40 Eggplant: Black Beauty

Beautiful, dark-purple eggplant most commonly grown in the U.S. Grows 38-40 inches tall and bears 4-6 fruits per plant.


#50 Leaf Lettuce: Black-Seeded Simpson

Black-seeded Simpson has been THE favorite lettuce variety of gardeners since at least 1900. It is generally considered the primary heirloom lettuce variety. Leaves stay sweet at all the stages of growth and plants are slow to bolt. Plats are upright and compact with light green, curled leaves. heat tolerant. Great for containers.


#51 Leaf Lettuce: Slo-Bolt

The leaves stay sweet at all stages of growth and plants are slow to bolt. Plants are upright and compact with light green curled leaves. Heat tolerant. Great for containers.


#66 Cilantro

No Mexican meal is complete without this multi-purpose herb. The fresh leaves are called cilantro, and the seeds are used as a spice called coriander. Successive sowings ensure a continuous supply. Slow bolting strain.


#67 Basil

The classic large-leaved Italian sweet basil prized for its spicy flavor and wonderful aroma. This is the variety of choice for pesto. 


#68 Italian Lavender

This perennial herb produces silver-green leaves and beautiful lavender-blue flowers. You can eat the flowers (which bloom in June and July) and leaves, fresh or dried. The flowers are wonderfully fragrant. Old Italian heirloom variety.


#69 Chives

Every kitchen should have a steady supply of chives. From baked potatoes, to baked fish, to vichyssoise, to potato salad, this relative of the onion provides a great boost to many dishes. It's also a must in Alfredo sauce. Great for containers.


#81 Snap Bush Bean: Empress

Incredible flavor. The very best snap bean for fresh eating, freezing or processing. Heavy yields of large straight, green, 5-6" stringless pods. Sow in double rows 2" apart with row sets 36-48" apart.  Pick beans often to encourage continued production.


#90 Purple Coneflower

The best butterfly attractor around, adds a great touch to flower beds due to long-lasting flowers and bold greenery. Grows 2-5 feet tall. Perennial.


#91 Pansy: Swiss Giants Mix

Mix is composed of large, beautifully colored yellow, red, blue, purple, and white flowering pansies. Great for flower boxes, containers and beds. Plants grow to 4 to 10 inches and produce 2-3 inch flowers. Considered a hardy annual. Harvest seeds for yourself, colors may not be consistent year to year.


#92 Russian Mammoth Sunflower

Best variety for massive heads. Plant grows to 15 feet in height with single heads the size of a dinner plate. heat and drought resistant. 


#93 Arikara Sunflower

Collected by Melvin Gilmore from the Arikara tribe at the Fort Berthold Reservation. First offered in 1930. Sturdy plants grow up to 12 feet tall, flowers are sing to multi-headed. Traditionally grown for masses of edible seeds.


#94 Branching Sunflower

Traditional, golden-yellow rays with dark brown disks. Also knows as common sunflower and annual sunflower. Multi-branching.


#95 Pansy Mix

Mixture closely resembled the original pansies introduced in the 1800's in Paris. Flowers are reminiscent of little smiling faces with distinct whiskers. Self-seeding biennial.