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Spinach, Insurance policy mix – seed packet

Spinach, Insurance policy mix – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Spinacia oleracea) Annual in the Amaranth Family, native to cetnral and southwestern Asia. Mix of cross-bred varieties including Bordeaux, Space (an F1 hybrid), Olympia, and one or two forgottens. Bordeaux is red-stemmed, the others green. With this half-mongrelized mix, we aim to provide comprehensive coverage of your spinach needs/desires in different regions and seasons, due […]

Chickweed – seed packet

Chickweed – seed packet$2.99

(Stellaria medea) Annual in the Pink Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Bright green ground-cover with small, white star-shaped flowers (hence the name “Stellaria”). Dies back entirely in hot, dry weather; is forgotten by July. An excellent Spring Tonic food: make a salad of Chickweed, Dandelion, Plantago and Wild Cress when nothing else is around. Fall-sprouted plants […]

Dandylion – seed packet

Dandylion – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Taraxacum officinales) Perennial in the Aster Family, cosmopolitan in distribution. Rosette of long narrow leaves, 6-18” in radius, with flowering stalks 6-18” tall. One of the single most useful plants on Earth: Edible greens provide food during the late Winter/early Spring hunger-gap; roots are a detoxifier of the liver that make a fine coffee-additive/substitute when […]

Parsley, Flat Leaf – seed packet

Parsley, Flat Leaf – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Petroselinum crispum var. Italica) Biennial in the Umbel Family, native to the Mediterranean. Also known as, “Italian” parsley. Popular. Makes clump of powerfully flavorful greens first year, blooms and sets seeds second year. Seeds are a cooking spice. Roots used in soups. Pollinator attractor. Drought-tolerant once established. Planting suggestions: Regular garden soils sufficient; can tolerate […]

Lettuce, Flashy Trout Back – seed packet

Lettuce, Flashy Trout Back – seed packet$2.99

(Lactuca sativa) Annual in the Aster Family, native to Eurasia. Lettuce was first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians. Well-known, reliable Romaine lettuce. Green with splashy red flecks. Originally named “Forellenschluss”, which is German for “speckled like a trout’s back”. Planting suggestions: Average garden soil is sufficient. Full sun to part shade. Direct-sow around the Final […]

Lettuce Mix, Lobelia’s Verdance – seed packet

Lettuce Mix, Lobelia’s Verdance – seed packet$3.49

(Lactuca sativa) Annual in the Aster Family, native to Eurasia. Lettuce was first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians. A mix of green romaine and butterhead lettuces, with a sprinkle of Ruby leaf lettuce. We have been growing this mix out since our urban farming days in Portland, Oregon, for its winter hardiness and aesthetic qualities. […]

Arugula – seed packet

Arugula – seed packet$2.99

(Eruca sativa) Annual in the Brassica Family, native to Eurasia. A gourmet favorite in Mediterranean cooking. Flavor described as “nutty”. Flowers are also edible, making an exquisite garnish on cooked dishes. Leaves grow 6-8” long, with lovely, waved serrations. 3-5′ high when flowering. Blossoms creamy white with dark veins, like fairy wings in Victorian art. […]

Chicory, Italian Heirloom Dandelion mix – seed packet

Chicory, Italian Heirloom Dandelion mix – seed packet$2.99

(Cicorium intybus) Annual or biennial in the Aster Family, native to Eurasia. This mix of Italian heirloom chicories features a variety of attractive dandelion-shaped foliage, ranging from the smooth-edged to the deeply-serrated, with red, green or white ribs. The sturdy tap roots are used as a coffee-additive. Charming flowers are “chicory” blue (like the crayon). […]

Magentaspreen

Magentaspreen$2.99

(Chenopodium giganteum) Annual in the Goosefoot Family, native to India. Mostly green foliage is magenta at the leaf base and stem. What we call a “Summer Spinach” because the greens can be used in the place of Spinach in any recipe and it thrives in hot weather when Spinach bolts. No irrigation needed. Self-sows enthusiastically. […]

Kale, “Famous” Kale/Collards Cross – seed packet

Kale, “Famous” Kale/Collards Cross – seed packet$2.99

(Brassica oleracea) Biennial or short-lived perennial in the Brassica Family, descended from Wild Cabbage native to Europe. Bred in-house for winter-hardiness, pest-resistance, and drought-tolerance. A “survival green” created over multiple-seasons by allowing Kales (mostly Lacinato with some Scotch) to cross with Collards (specifically, “Herman’s”, from a farmer in Gaston, Oregon). Our plants have regularly survived […]

Mustard Greens, “Osaka River” – seed packet

Mustard Greens, “Osaka River” – seed packet$3.49

(Brassica juncea) Annual in the Brassica Family, native to Asia. Our in-house selection from a years-long project of crossing Green Wave and Purple Osaka mustards. Purple-tinged veins create riparian patterns on bright green, smooth-edged foliage. Spicy wasabi flavor. Market-growers might appreciate this attractive mustard at their stands. Planting suggestions: Average garden soil sufficient; will tolerate […]

Mustard Greens, “Green Wave” – seed packet

Mustard Greens, “Green Wave” – seed packet$2.99

(Brassica juncea) Annual in the Brassica Family, native to Asia. Quick-growing plants produce frilly-edged greens with spicy wasabi flavor. Eat raw or steam only very lightly to retain the delightful aromatics. Flavor gets stronger with age, especially after flowering starts, when only the most rugged palate can tolerate the heat. Yes, that’s a dare! Planting […]

Mustard Greens, “Elephant Ear” – seed packet

Mustard Greens, “Elephant Ear” – seed packet$2.99

(Brassica juncea) Annual in the Brassica Family, native to Asia. A quick-growing Asian cultivar acquired from a Japanese farmer friend. We call it “Elephant Ear” because of its roundish, slightly wrinkled leaves; our farmer friend didn’t have an English name for it. Spicy like wasabi. Eat raw or steam only very lightly to retain the […]

Chard, “White Halford” – seed packet

Chard, “White Halford” – seed packet$3.49

(Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla) Biennial in the Amaranth Family, native to Eurasia. Produces bright green foliage with white stalks. An in-house cross of a couple Chard varieties, including the famous “Fordhook”, which shows in the wide, flat, ribbon-like stalks of some of the plants. This batch of seed may produce a few non-white chards. Second-year […]

Pigweed Amaranth – seed packet

Pigweed Amaranth – seed packet$2.99

(Amaranthus palmeri) Annual in the Amaranth Family, native to Eurasia, now common in cultivated areas across North America. Red-stemmed, green-leafed, to 4′ tall when flowering. Closely related to cultivated Amaranth grain. What we call a “Summer Spinach” because the greens can be used in the place of Spinach in any recipe and it thrives in […]

Self-Heal – seed packet

Self-Heal – seed packet$2.99

(Prunella vulgaris) Perennial in the Mint Family native to Europe and now distributed widely in disturbed areas (such as cities). Mostly prostrate growth habit, with flowering stems up to 12” tall. Purple blossoms well-loved by bees, especially bumble bees. Eaten in salads, boiled for tea. As medicine, has been used internally and externally for a multitude […]

Plantago, Lanceleaf – seed packet

Plantago, Lanceleaf – seed packet$2.99

(Plantago lanceolata) Perennial in the Plantain Family native to the British Isles, now found every place the Empire went. A rosette of lance-shaped leaves sends up a flowering stalk, 12-18” tall. Used as food & medicine since prehistoric times. Externally is excellent for insect bites; just chew up a leaf and press it to the bite. […]

Plantago, Broadleaf – seed packet

Plantago, Broadleaf – seed packet$2.99 Sold Out

(Plantago major) Perennial in the Plantain Family native to Europe & Asia, now found every place that the Europeans have invaded. In fact, called “white man’s footprint” by Native Americans. A rosette of oval-shaped leaves sends up a flowering stalk, to 12” tall. Used as food & medicine since prehistoric times. Externally is excellent for insect […]

Sorrel, Bloody – seed packet

Sorrel, Bloody – seed packet$2.99

(Rumex sanguineus) Perennial in the Buckwheat Family. Arrowhead-shaped leaves, to 12” tall. Astringent, lemony taste characteristic of plants containing oxalic acid (like chard, spinach). Is high in vitamins A & C and contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, & magnesium. A little goes a long way in a salad, or steamed to dress an entrée. As an ornamental, […]

Kale, “Sweet-n-Ugly” – seed packet

Kale, “Sweet-n-Ugly” – seed packet$2.99

(Brassica oleracea and B. napus) Annual or short-lived perennial in the Brassica Family. In 2011, we planted a Kale bed with a bunch of varieties in it, including Blue Scotch, Lacinato, our own “Famous” Kale/Collards cross, and the legendary Sutherlin. This is what came out of it: something Sweet, but Ugly. After the record low frost […]

Amaranth, Crimson

Amaranth, Crimson$2.99 Sold Out

(Amaranthus sp.) Annual in the Amaranthaceae Family. “Amaranth” is of Greek origin and means “unfading flower”. This variety has maroon foliage, red inflorescences, and tiny black seeds. 4-5 ft. tall. Ornamentally striking. Leaves are harvested for salads or as a “summer spinach”. The seeds are eaten as a grain. Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: Warm-weather plant. Sow seeds […]

Buckwheat – seed packet

Buckwheat – seed packet$2.99

(Fagopyrum esculentum) Warm-weather annual in the Polygonaceae Family. Cover-crop and gluten-free grain. Suppresses weeds by sprouting and rapidly filling in and by exuding allelopathic chemicals from its roots that discourage the growth of neighboring plants. Young leaves can be tossed in a salad. Attracts bees and other pollinators. Cultivation & harvesting suggestions: Sow seeds when […]

Lovage – seed packet

Lovage – seed packet$2.99

(Levisticum officinale)  Perennial herb in the Umbel Family. Lovage has been used by humans for thousands of years.  Although it has been known as a treatment for flatulence and as a diuretic, we got into this herb because Richo Cech of Horizon Herbs says it has been used as a gentler version of Dong Quai […]

Chard, Stumptown Coffee™ blend – seed packet

Chard, Stumptown Coffee™ blend – seed packet$3.49

(Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. Probatis) Biennial in the Goosefoot Family. In our breeding experiments, we have been attempting to select for orange-colored stalks.  At this stage in the project, we are getting reds and yellows, too.  This is called the “Stumptown Coffee blend” because we only harvested from our breeding patch for the awesome […]

Shungiku Chrysanthemum – seed packet

Shungiku Chrysanthemum – seed packet$2.99

(Chrysanthemum coronarium) – Also known as “Garland Chrysanthemum” and “Edible Chrysanthemum”.  Greens are used in Asian cuisine.  Should be cooked very lightly or they will lose their form.  A very strong flavor that, probably, you either like or don’t like! High in minerals and vitamins, including potassium and carotene. Yellow and white flowers are medicinal; […]

Sorrel, Garden – seed packet

Sorrel, Garden – seed packet$2.99

(Rumex acetosa) Perennial in the Amaranth Family. Both culinary and medicinal. Leaves have sour, astringent flavor, making a good addition to spring salads. Steamed lightly, they complement a variety of cooked dishes. The French make a sorrel soup. Best harvested in spring and fall.  We discovered this delightful plant in 2004, while urban-farming in Portland, […]

Orach, Ruby – seed packet

Orach, Ruby – seed packet$2.99

(Atriplex hortensis) Annual in the Goosefoot Family. Attractive purplish-red leaves go well in a salad mix. Flavor is slightly astringent, as this plant contains oxalic acid, which should not be over-eaten. Can also be cooked (which destroys the oxalic acid) and take the place of spinach in any recipe. We first discovered this plant when […]