I LOVE to start vegetable seedlings. Mostly I just love everything about vegetables: growing them, planting them, harvesting them, taking pictures of them, eating them, canning them, freezing them, dehydrating them, pickling them, storing them, cooking them, taking pictures with them, looking at them, thinking about them, talking about them, learning about growing them.
You know you want some. We’re going to make sure you can have them! We…Ashley and me.
This poor kid’s been diligently studying her driver’s manual and has passed the online practice test. All in preparation for her 16th birthday in March. Then reality hit: she has no money for driver’s ed without a job and no way to get to a job even if she’s able to find one (which proved to be near impossible for Chasitty 2 years ago) without a car. She’s been spending her night brainstorming ideas to earn a few bucks and get herself over the hump. She made a list of resources she has available to her and skills she has. We’ve come to an agreement. We’re going to grow a bunch of extra vegetable seedlings (52 varieties in all!) to sell to lovely people. That’s right. I taught my kid a skill that she’s using to make money.😉
Here’s how this will go. We sow the seeds into individual 2″ soil blocks (more than twice the soil volume of a 6-pack cell). They are a great start for the plant and they make it possible to sell plants individually. No dealing with more plants than you need. We will start them organically (but don’t call it that because we haven’t paid the Department of Agriculture for rights to use that word) and you can finish them as you wish.
$2 each plant. Mix and match at will. We will offer volume discounts of $.50 each when you spend $20.
We will contact you about timing the pick up of your plants. They will be ready at the appropriate time to sow them outdoors. If you aren’t sure about timing, do a search for planting dates in your city, or let me know and I’m happy to point you in the right direction.
You may place your order any way you like, just be sure we have your name and a way to contact you for pick up. Please remember, we do our best, but crop failures are a thing that happens sometimes.🙂
Without further ado, 52 varieties!
Yokatta Na: (21 days baby; 45 days mature) Brassica rapa Quick-growing and versatile, tolerating both heat and cold, Yokatta can extend your season at either end, while simultaneously broadening your culinary range. Use it either raw in salad mixes or cooked in stir-fries. The deep green tender leaves, though flavorful, lack the mustard “bite” found in so many Asian greens and can be harvested as a cut-and-come-again crop or at maturity.
Shuko Pac Choy: (45 days) Baby pac choy with green stems likes cool temperatures but resists bolting for a long time, even in heat. Vase-shaped 6–12″ plants have broad green petioles with beautiful dark leaves. Tender and creamy when steamed or stir-fried.
Fun Jen Chinese Cabbage: (45 days) A good lettucy-type Chinese cabbage featuring fast-growing undulating leaves with a slightly wrinkly surface. Semi-loose conical very light yellow-green ruffled 6×10″ heads of crunchy texture and very mild delicate flavor somewhat like lettuce. The thick white ribs are tasty with a pleasing light tangy sweetness. Excellent frost resistance but will bolt in heat after standing 2–4 weeks. Stores very well.
Boldor: (55 days) Beautiful, bright yellow flesh. Very similar to Touchstone Gold in terms of vigor, performance, and flavor, but Boldor has brighter interior color. Keeps its color when cooked. Excellent, sweet flavor. Green leaves and petioles.
Green King: (85 days) Exceptional tenderness made it the best-tasting. Consistent yield of high-quality 8″ heads. Vigorous plants bear thick blue-green domed heads with rather large beads. Side shoots are big enough to be marketable but not plentiful. Green King stands heat well.
Waltham 29: (85 days) Standard type, produces 4-8” green heads that are nicely flavored. Compact plants also produce some side shoots. Introduced in 1954.
Gustus: (99 days) The absolute pinnacle of the brussel sprouts breeder’s art. The quality of the sprouts is amazing, very dense and sweet. No other sprout compares with Gustus. The sprouts are medium-sized, slightly oval, remarkably uniform and grow large farther up the stalk after the plants get topped. A representative sample of 10 weighed a respectable 6 oz.
Long Island Improved: (100 days) The standard open-pollinated variety since the 1890’s. Heavy yields of delicious sprouts.
Gunma: (110 days) Named for a prefecture on Honshu Island in Japan known for its cabbage production. Choice for a superior flat-topped green cabbage ideal for cooks and gourmets, good for kraut and kimchi. Its large heads (avg. 5–7 lb but can get up to 11–13 lb) grow nearly 1′ across, yet remain almost coreless. These cabbages sat in the field for two months without splitting. Sweet tender wrapper leaves suitable for cabbage wraps and rolls. Outer leaves can’t hold up once nighttime temperatures plummet to the 20s, so not for storage, but great for early kraut. Resists FY, TB.
Golden Acre: (62 days) The best choice for those preferring an early open-pollinated cabbage that’s not pointy-headed. A selection of the Copenhagen Market type billed as “new…the earliest of the round-headed cabbages” in the 1928 Jerome B. Rice catalog. Grey-green heads, some with a faint reddish tint in the outer leaves, average 3–5 lb. Big, round and solid with white interiors. Delicate but crunchy texture, sweet and spicy flavor that developed buttery undertones after cooking. Short stems with sparse wrapper leaves and medium-sized core keep plants compact. Not long standing.
Super Red 80: (80 days) Super Red 80 ripens well before Ruby Perfection, with smooth tight round medium-dark red 3–5 lb heads. Splendid appearance. Resists splitting, holds well. Tender and crisp with a pleasing flavor. Tolerates BR and TB.
Snowball Self-Blanching: (70 days) An old, white type; ivory heads, good size. The standard American favorite for over 100 years.
Charming Snow: (50 Days) Vigor and uniformity bring it in ahead of the others with 7 to 8″ rounded heads of exceptional firmness and quality. Snow Crown must be tied for best quality and may show a light purple blush on the underside of heads when grown under stressful conditions.
Champion: (70 days) Selected to hold in the field up to two weeks longer than other varieties for an extended harvest. Rich blue-green cabbage-like leaves. Plants are bolt-resistant, productive and hardy. Waxy leaf surface provides natural protection from cabbage worms. Improved Vates-type · 24-36″ tall. Compact habit.
Marketmore 76 Slicing: (58 days) Long, slender, dark green cucumbers. The slender, refined “Marketmore look” has long been the standard for slicing cucumbers. 8-9″ fruits stay uniformly dark green even under weather stress. Begins bearing late, but picks for a relatively long time. High resistance to scab; and intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, downy mildew, and powdery mildew.
National Pickling: (52 days) Short, thick cukes with blunt ends are perfect for pickles and delicious in salads. Fruits have striped, medium green skin and a slightly tapered shape to fit in a pickle jar. A heavy producer with black spines. Developed by the National Pickle Packers Association. Productive 5″ fruit.
Black Beauty: (90 days) Standard old type, large black fruit of excellent quality. Very tasty but is lower yielding and much later than many types and needs a long season.
Kale Mix: (60-65 days) If it’s hard to pick just one or two kale varieties from so many tempting choices, here’s the solution: enjoy the whole medley of diverse colors, patterns and shapes.
Nero di Tuscana Lacinto: (60 days) This loose-leafed cabbage dates back to the early 1800’s at least. It has beautiful, deep black-green leaves that can be 24” long. They are heavily savoyed. This Italian heirloom is popular in Tuscany and central Italy for making fabulous soups and stews. One of the most beautiful and flavorful types you can grow.
Lancelot: (90 days) This new, fast growing variety of leek matures much earlier than the standard and can be harvested in early fall. Mounding soil around the stems encourages more white stem in leeks. Under the best conditions, the thick white shafts can reach 12 to 14 inches. Leeks have a mild onion flavor and are good in soups and salads.
King Richard: (75 days) Remarkable earliness and length. Beautiful full-sized leeks. In favorable soil and culture, the white shanks are over a foot long to the first leaf. Upright, medium green leaves. Will withstand medium-heavy frost (32° to 20°F/0° to -7°C) without losing its healthy appearance.
Bleu de Solaize: (110 days) This hard-to-find French heirloom is so named because its dark green leaves sometimes develop a tinge of blue during cold spells. Hardy fat medium-long shanks with mild flavor good in soups. Dates back to the 19th century. Has been successfully overwintered with only straw mulch for protection.
Arugula: (47 days) Musky green and its piquant blossoms will spice up your salad. The best-tasting and most bolt-resistant.
Lettuce Mix: A high-quality mix consisting entirely of certified-organic seed. Light up your salad patch with contrasting colors and leaf forms! At least a half-dozen different lettuces, all suitable for cut-and-come-again culture.
Mustard Mix: The same mix found in Mesclun Mix plus lettuce and spinach. Includes mizuna, chervil, endives, sorrel, Red Giant mustard, arugula and tatsoi.
Speckles Butterhead: (43 days) A great-tasting lettuce for any season. Holds longer in the heat than Slo-bolt or Buttercrunch, yet still grows quickly in cool weather. Attractive light green leaves are spotted with red dots. Crispy heads often self-blanch in the center.
Blushed Butter Cos: (49 days) A combination butterhead-romaine with ruffled savoyed leaves dappled in an attractive palette of reds and greens. Blushed Butter Cos was judged to be #1 for taste out of more than 100 lettuces. Remarkably crisp for such a buttery taste.
Back Seeded Simpson: (60 days) Introduced in the 1870’s by Peter Henderson & Co. Sweet and tender leaves, light yellow-green; very popular.
Blacktail Mountain Watermelon: (73 days) Small-fruited, earliest of all. An excellent small, fast maturing, highly productive watermelon that can be successfully grown in cool short season areas or southern hot, humid, areas. The earliest of 114 varieties. Round 9 in. fruits have a dark green rind with small brown seeds. Orange-red flesh has sweet, rich flavor. When harvested just underripe, melons will ripen in storage and keep up to 2 months.
Green Flesh Honeydew: (115 day) A smooth skinned melon with a thick rind that turns from pale green to ivory when it’s ripe. It is a very sweet green-fleshed melon with a small seed cavity. It is best grown in the south.
Hales Best: (86 days) Heavy producer of oval-shaped fruits with old-fashioned juicy flavor. Heavily netted and slightly ribbed with juicy salmon flesh. This great variety has stood the test of time and is still loved by many for its classic muskmelon flavor. Thin rinds do not hold up well to shipping. Developed in 1920 by a Japanese farmer in California. 4-5 lbs.
Tam Mild Jalapeno: (70 days) A very tasty mild Jalapeno type, with the same delicious flavor, but a lot less heat. Great yields.
Yolo Wonder: (75 days) Improved strain of California Wonder, larger and more mosaic resistant, 4-4.5 x 3.75-4 in. diameter, thick flesh, 3-4 lobes, dark green to red, pendant, compact spreading 24-28 in. plant, dense foliage protects against sunscald. Thick skinned holds up well for baking or stuffing. Sweet, delicious and eaten raw in salads.
Carmen: (60 days green, 80 days red) Best tasting sweet Italian frying type. A beautiful pepper of the Italian “bull’s horn” (corno di toro) type. Carmen has a lovely, sweet taste for salads and roasting, especially when partially or fully red-ripe. Tapered fruits avg. 6″ long x 2 1/2″ wide, 5 oz. (142 gm), and ripen from green to deep carmine red. Maturity is early on an upright, medium-size plant. Suitable for outdoor or indoor production. AAS winner.
Flavorburst: (85 days) Capsicum annuum. Plant produces good yields of 5″ long by 4″ wide golden yellow sweet bell peppers. The peppers start out with a light apple green color and ripens to a clear golden yellow. Peppers are crisp and sweet. Plant produces continuously all season long.
Red Kitten: (23 days baby, 34 days full) Medium green leaves with red veins. For baby leaf production in the early spring. Uniform, smooth leaves are borne on fairly upright plants. High resistance to downy mildew.
Donkey: (30-45 days) Dark green semi savoy spinach suited to warm season.
Winter Bloomsdale: (47 days) Adapted for late summer and early fall plantings and overwintering. The slow-bolting plants are resistant to blue mold, blight, and mosaic. Dark green, well-savoyed leaves.
Space: 50 days. Whether eaten fresh or cooked this smooth leaf, slightly savoyed spinach is a slow-to-bolt garden standout. It has an upright growth that produces clean, dark green leaves. It is recommended for spring, summer, and fall sowings, and has an extended harvest period.
Saffron: (42 days) A 4–6″ yellow semi-crookneck that excelled in trials and has developed a strong following. The real producer this year with huge vines and countless squash so sweet and delicious raw. Less warty than straightneck squashes. Small single-stem bush with open structure but very large leaves gives good sunburn protection. They call it mellow yellow.
Black Zucchini: (50 days) The classic dark-green summer squash that has made modern zucchini of this type popular. Introduced in the US markets in the 1920’s, and seed companies started listing it in the 1930’s. Delicious fried or baked; best picked young.
Burgess Buttercup: (95 days) Dark green fruits with golden orange, stringless flesh and sweet, rich flavor. Typically produces 10-12 fruits per plant, with vines reaching 15′ long. This improved strain has a high percentage of clean, non-warty and uniform squash. Fruits have a gray button on the blossom end. Uniform fruits · Large, prolific vines · 3-5 lbs (Cucurbita maxima)
Waltham Butternut: ( 100 days) C. moschata. An old favorite. Good yields with excellent-tasting, rich, orange-colored flesh. Great baked!
Table Queen Acorn: (90 days) Cucurbita pepo Black-green ribbed 1½–2 lb fruits good for baking. Dry flesh is best eaten within 3–4 months after harvest. Introduced by the Iowa Seed Co. in 1913 and once known as Des Moines, Queen began a trend away from monster squashes in favor of smaller fruits. A similar squash was grown by the Arikara tribe in North Dakota.
Howden Pumpkin: (95 days) C. pepo. A large, more uniform Connecticut Field type pumpkin. A hard, orange rind makes this an excellent carving variety. The 22 lb fruit have thick orange flesh; a great keeper, and popular commercial variety.
Diablo Pumpkin: (100 days) Beautiful dark orange. Excellent mid-size Jack O’Lantern. Strong, dark green handle that is well attached, making it great for carrying. Round and blocky shape. Size is well suited for home gardeners and small market growers. Weighs 18-22 pounds. PM tolerant.
Opalka Paste: (85 days) Lycopersicon esculentum Plant produces high yields of 6″ long by 3″ wide red tomatoes. Tomatoes have a excellent sweet flavor, grow in clusters of 3 to 5, holds well on vine, and has very few seeds. One of the best paste tomatoes on the market. Very few seeds. A heirloom variety from Poland. Indeterminate.
Roma Paste: (65 days) Productive plum tomato with great disease resistance! Vigorous and strong, producing heavy yields of picture-perfect, thick-walled fruits with deep red color and mild flavor. A good choice in the garden. Determinate · Vigorous
Yellow Cherry: (75 days) First offered in the Seed Savers 1993 Yearbook by Bill Minkey of Darien, Wisconsin who received the seed from Ruby Arnold of Greeneville, Tennessee in 1992. Produces indeterminate, regular-leaf, vigorous and tall tomato plants that yield copious amounts of 3/4-inch, round, yellow cherry tomatoes that are loaded with delicious, fruity, sweet/tart flavors. Rare tomato seeds. The perfect snacking tomato that is wonderful in salads or culinary dishes. Children will love the sweetness of these snacks.
Lillians: (95 days) Moderate yield potato-leaf tomato. A beefsteak heirloom from from Robert Richardson, who received the seeds from Lillian Bruce of Manchester, Tennessee. Produce big indeterminate tomato plants that yield 10-16 oz., clear to orangy-yellow, fragile, thin-skinned, beefsteak tomatoes that have mildly sweet, citrusy flavors, juicy flesh and very few seeds. A perfect salad tomato.
Rutgers: (75 days) Heirloom. A top canner famed for full bodied flavor. Red, globe shaped 8 oz. fruit. Large erect vines protect fruit from sun. Developed by Rutgers Univ.
Purple Tomatillo: (70 days) Beautiful purple fruit, large size. Many are a bright violet color throughout their flesh. Much sweeter than the green types; it can be eaten right off the plant. Turns purple when ripe; rare!
That’s all folks.