Seed Library

A system to support small seed libraries and librarians, SaLSA (Seed and Library System Access) is designed with south bay gardeners and seed stewards in mind.

Find here a list of current seed varieties being offered; warm season crop types are shown in red, cool season types are shown in blue. (You must login to submit a seed request...).

Tomato variety Cour Di Bue
A striking indeterminate tomato guaranteed to turn heads and satisfy appetites. The name is Italian for "oxheart", but this large fruit variety has a bottom heavy shape measuring 3.5" wide, 4" tall, and weighing in at 1/2 lb. A tasty saucing tomato.
Grow days: 85
Tomato variety Black Icicle
Hailing from Ukraine, this paste tomato features perfectly shaped, deep purplish-brown fruit with a complex, rich flavor. Makes excellent, very dark paste.
Grow days: 75
Tomato variety Black Cherry Purple
Organic cherry tomato similar to Cherokee purple in color and full bodied flavor with 1 inch fruit that's dusky purple with black highlights. Vigorous plant.
Grow days: 55
Tomato variety Green Zebra
Tender indeterminate. Small, round, yellow-green fruit has dark-green vertical stripes and emerald flesh. Fruit measures up to 2.5". Tangy, well balanced flavor.
Grow days: 60
Squash (Summer) variety Desi
Plant will quickly produce loads of yummy squash having a rich, nutty flavor. A hit in India, the round baseball sized fruit is great to use as you would any zucchini.
Grow days: 40
Squash (Summer) variety White Scallop
Starts whitish-green before ripening to pure white. White-fleshed, tender, succulent fruits average 6 to 7 inches across by 3 inches tall. Early and productive.
Grow days: 54
Squash (Summer) variety Galeux D'Eysines,
Beautiful French heirloom. Oblate, 10 to 15 lb fruit. Salmon / peach-colored fruit that's heavily warted. Ideal for baking or making soups.
Grow days: 100
Squash (Summer) variety Lemon Squash
Bright yellow fruits that look like lemons. Very prolific, with fruit best eaten when young, when skin is tender and seeds are small. Good pest resistance.
Grow days: 50
Squash (Summer) variety Gray Zucchini
Great tasing, high quality gray-green zucchini that yields well. Flesh is firm. A mild, tasty 7" zucchini variety.
Grow days: 45
Squash (Summer) variety Early Prolific Straightneck
An All-American Selections winner from 1938. Fruit has a uniform lemon-yellow coloration on club-shaped fruit with firm, high quality, tasty flesh.
Grow days: 50
Pepper (hot) variety Black Hungarian
Tender heirloom black Hungarian pepper yields 4-6" tapered fruit that starts out glossy black and ripens to red. Fruit has a mild, smokey flavor. Plants grow to about 36" tall and stands well without support.
Grow days: 80
Pepper (hot) variety Lemon Drop
This hot, citrus-flavored heirloom pepper is a popular seasoning in Peru, its country of origin. Bright yellow, crinkled, cone shaped fruits are about 2-1/2" long and 1/2" wide. Dense plants grow to about 2 ft. high and wide, and are typically covered with neon-bright fruits. An excellent choice for container gardening. Scoville Rating: 30,000 to 100,000
Grow days: 100
Pepper (sweet) variety King of the North
Improved for a higher percentage of blocky, thick walled, early ripening peppers, each with 3 to 4 lobes. Known for its ability to produce good sized peppers in short, cool seasons. Strong plants support heavy yields.
Grow days: 73
Pepper (sweet) variety Corbaci
Very long 10-inch fruit is curved and twisted, very slender, like a Turkish sabre. This rare heirloom from Turkey has a very rich flavor, perfect for pickling or frying. One of the most productive of all peppers, out-yielding all others in tests done by UC Davis.
Grow days: 80
Pepper (sweet) variety Mini Bell Pepper Mix
This colorful mix of dainty bell peppers is an old Ohio family heirloom. This trio of mini red, yellow and chocolate bell peppers was introduced to the Seed Savers Exchange by member Lucina Cress. Great little peppers for snacking, stuffing or pickling. Easy to grow and very rewarding.
Grow days: 55
Pepper (sweet) variety Rewia
Plant has medium-strong growth and a compact, bushy habit which produces numerous rectangular, visibly elongated fruit in the summer. These sweet peppers have three to four chambers and thick, fleshy, firm, crunchy and sweet walls. Delicious eaten raw or processed into marinades.
Grow days: 75
Carrots variety Cosmic Purple
7" roots have a lovely spicy-sweet flavor. This variety was developed by Dr. Philip Simon and staff at the USDA ARS in Madison, Wisconsin in 2005. A showy variety having bright purple skin with yellow-orange flesh.
Grow days: 70
Carrots variety Amarillo
Lovely, lemon-yellow roots have sweet, bright yellow flesh. Good for a summer to fall crop, large 8-inch roots and strong tops. A yellow carrot that is crunchy and full of juice.
Grow days: 75
Mustard variety Southern Giant Curled Mustard Greens
A southern favorite! Large green leaves are tightly curled o the margins. Slow to bolt, cold tolerant, and good for late sowing.
Grow days: 60
Mustard variety Japanese Giant Red Mustard
Deep purple-red leaves are beautiful and delicious! Good spiciness when summer comes around, although heat mellows with cooking. Slow to bolt and a beautiful addition to spicy salad mixes when harvested as baby leaf.
Grow days: 50
Mustard variety Tatsoi Oriental Greens,
Rosettes of thick, dark green, oval-shaped leaves with mild mustard flavor. The most cold-hardy (22 deg F) commonly available mustard. Long lasting, excellent for stir-fry or salads.
Grow days: 43
Onion variety Yellow of Parma
AKA Dorata di Parma, produces large white globes with golden skin. An excellent storage variety that was brought to Parma, Italy in 1896 from nearby Pavia.
Grow days: 110
Onion variety Red of Florence
An Italian heirloom originating from Tuscan, Italy sometime in the 1800s. This heirloom is also known as Rouge de Florence, Rossa di Firenze, Rossa Lunga Di Firenze, Rossa di Toscana, Florence Simiane, or Italian (Red) Torpedo.
Grow days: 100
Leek variety Carentan
A long, thick (2" across), vigorous, and fast growing leek, aka Improved Swiss Giant). Has a delicate, deliciously mild flavor, and is great eaten fresh or cooked. Mentioned by Vilmorin in 1885, this old European favorite is becoming rare. Very adaptable with good yields.
Grow days: 100
Turnip variety Purple Top White Globe
Heirloom is a fast growing, crisp, fine grained turnip. Purple above ground and white below keeps its mild, sweet flavor and tenderness yet grows larger than other turnips and stores well. A good keeper. Excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, B6, folate.
Grow days: 65
Cabbage variety Early Jersey Wakefield
Dark-green, sweet, conical heads average 5 inches in diameter and weigh 2-3 lbs. Small core and good wrapper leaves. Good resistance to frost and cabbage yellows.
Grow days: 64
Lettuce variety Merveille Des Quatre Saisons
Hardy heirloom. This head lettuce is an unusual French Bibb variety. It is a ruby-red butter lettuce with tightly folded, green hearts. It has excellent flavor in hot weather with crisp yet tender leaves, but tends to bolt. Variety was introduces in 1885.
Grow days: 70
Lettuce variety Forellenschluss
Translated as "Speckled Trout", this Austrian lettuce has gorgeous green leaves with maroon markings. Crispy leaves with thick midribs. Grows quickly in cold weather, but will bolt in heat.
Grow days: 58
Radish variety Early Scarlet Globe
The Early Scarlet Globe Radish is a 19th-century variety noted for its bright scarlet skin, crisp white flesh, and mild flavor.
Grow days: 28
Beets variety Cylindra or Formanova
A wonderful heirloom from Denmark, this one is famous for slicing with its long, cylindrical roots. Produces much more uniform slices than round beets. A tender and sweet variety aka "Butter Slicer", this variety has sweet, dark red roots are 8" long and 1 3/4" across. Grows best in full sun.
Grow days: 55
Beets variety Mammoth Red Mangel
A gargantuan beet for the whimsical gardener! Harvest this delectable beet for the dinner table when young, or allow it to grow to epic proportions (up to 40 pounds and 6 feet long). Grated, these roots make a delicious beet burger!
Grow days: 100
Pea variety Cascadia Snap Pea
A very sweet, tender, almost stringless snap pea. Earliness is also a virtue. 3" pods are carried on 30" vines with heavy yields. Highly recommended as an exceptional snap pea. A great choice for a late summer sowing. Resists powdery mildew and pea enation mosaic virus.
Grow days: 60
Barley variety Robust
A widely grown cover crop barley, Robust is adapted to pearling, malting and use as a feed grain. When malted and used for brewing, the low beta-glucan levels lead to low wort viscosity and a well-draining mash bed. This barley variety was developed in 1983 by the Minnesota Agricultural Experimental Station by crossing Morex and Manker barley varieties. Developed as a facultative grain, Robust is best grown as a spring-planted barley.
Grow days: 90
Corn variety Tuxana Sweet
An excellent variety of corn developed by the late Jonathan Spero of Lupine Knoll Farm, Tuxana is much sweeter than most open pollinated varieties of corn. This bright white sweet corn is great eaten fresh or used in making salsas, soups, or chowders. Its subtle creaminess gives it a more complex flavor profile than expected. Plants produce 2 ears per stalk.
Grow days: 90
Basil variety Holy Basil
Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), known in Hindi as tulsi, might be the most revered medicinal herb on the planet. The plant has violet flowers and blossoms. The green stems sometimes have a purple tinge. Medicinal preparations are made from holy basil's leaves, stems, and seeds. Holy basil is often used in Thai food. It's much spicier than other types of basil, which is why it is sometimes referred to as "hot basil." The plant goes by many names, including: Albahaca santa Bai kaprow Baranda Basilic indien/Indian basil Basilic sacré/basilic sacré pourpre/basilic saint Green holy basil/red holy basil/sacred basil Kala tulsi Krishna tulasi/Krishna tulsi Manjari Ocimum sanctum Rama tulsi Tulasi
Grow days: 80
Beans variety Kentucky Wonder
Delicious 7" long, round, stringless pods with a tender texture. Use fresh, shelled, and dried. Introduced around 1864 in Kentucky, this heirloom is a longtime favorite.
Grow days: 72