Seed Library

A 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?

Each packet of seeds contains simple information about seed saving. 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 in August and September 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.


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.




#1 Tomato: Red Beefsteak


Produces large meaty red fruit over a long season on indeterminate plants.  Matures late in the season. Vigorous vines grow best in tall cages. 

Light: Full Sun Fruit Size: 14-24  oz.   Matures: 90 days                    

Plant Spacing: 36 inches apart    Plant size: 6-8 feet


#2 & #8 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.

Light: Full Sun Fruit Size: 1-3 lbs.       Matures: 85 to 90 days                      

Plant Spacing: 36 inches apart Plant size: 6-10 feet


#3 Tomato: Big Rainbow

Produces big, lumpy beefsteak shape with a very mild and sweet flavor. Flesh inside is marbled with red in the bottom half of the fruit. Large fruits are borne on tall plants.

 Light: Full Sun            Fruit Size: 16  oz.        Matures: 85 days                    

 Plant Spacing: 18 inches apart


 #4 & #6 Tomato: Black Krim


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

 Light: Full Sun Fruit Size: 8  oz.          Matures: 80 days                    

 Plant Spacing: 36 inches apart Plant height: 36-40 inches     


 #5 Tomato: Brandywine


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

 Light: Full Sun Fruit Size: 1-2 lbs.       Matures: 80 –100 days


#7 Tomato: Cherokee Purple


Unique purple-rose color with sweet smoky flavor. Plants produce 8-16 oz. fruits. Very productive.

Light: Full Sun            Fruit Size: 8-16 oz.      Matures: 80 days                    


#9 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.

Light: Full Sun            Matures: 70 days


#10 Tomato: Purple Russian


Roma shape with an heirloom taste, these indeterminate vines produce a large amount of fruit with a strong smokey flavor. Very resistant to cracking and performs well in hot or cool conditions.

 Light: Full Sun Fruit Size: 4 in.            Matures: 55-67 days


#11 Sweet Pepper: Stavros Sweet/Pepperoncini


Italian heirloom, great for pickling. Originally a Greek variety. Seeds can take 3 weeks to germinate.

 Light: Full Sun Matures: 78 days        


#12 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.

 Light: Full Sun Matures: 75 days        


#13 Pepper: Orange Habanero


Late maturing hot pepper with thin walls and a unique lantern-shape. Matures to bright orange and packs heat at 100,000 to 300,000 scoville unit. Use caution when handling seeds.

 Light: Full Sun Matures: 91 days        


#14 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.

Light: Full Sun            Matures: 75 days


#15 Leaf Lettuce: Black Seeded Simpson


The favorite lettuce variety of gardeners since 1900, 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.

 Light: Full Sun Matures: 45 days        


#16 Ground Cherries


Huge yields of tart-sweet berries. Use for pies, jams and preserves and delicious fresh. The fruit grow inside a paper-like husk (the same as Tomatillos). Grow the same as a tomato.