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Seed Library & Gardening

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The Collection

BEANS
Scientific Name: Phaseolus
vulgaris

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole  Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity

Blue Lake Bush

These plump, tender pods have excellent flavor and texture, fresh or canned. Plants produce heavily and over a long season. 1-2 15-20 inches          Full Sun  Spring,
Summer  
58 days 

Cherokee Trail of Tears

This heirloom was brought from Tennessee by the Cherokee people as they were marched to Oklahoma by the Federal Government in 1839 over the infamous "Trail of Tears" that left so many dead and suffering. 1-2 85-96 inches Full Sun Spring,
Summer
85 days

Mountaineer Half Runner

Tender snap bean is a longtime Southern favorite! Plants are amazingly productive, although they reach only 24-36 inches, and may be grown without trellising. 1-2 24-36 inches Full Sun Spring,
Summer
55 days

Purple TeePee

Super-productive bush type, yielding straight, purple pods. These are held above the foliage--a great advantage that makes the pods easier to see and harvest and keeps them from contact with the ground.  1-2  20-24 inches Full Sun Spring,
Summer
60 days

Roma II Bush

Roma II is a bush form of famous Pole Romano. Its distinctive robust flavor and heavy crop of stringless, flat green pods. 1-2 15-20 inches Full Sun Spring,
Summer
53 days

BROCCOLI
Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea var.
italica

Type Image Description Seeds per hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Waltham 29

Known for producing large heads and long stalks, this longtime favorite is excellent for cooking fresh or freezing. The 4-6" dark blue-green heads are arrayed with side shoots. 

2-3 24 - 30 inches Full Sun Spring, Fall 70-75 days

CARROTS
Scientific Name: Daucus carota 

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole  Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Cosmic Purple Stunning roots with deep purple skin, orange flesh and a hint of spice. These tapered roots steal the show in salads with their extraordinary color combination and sweet flavor with a bit of spice! pinch 4-8 inches Full Sun Spring,    Summer  70 days
Danvers 126 Half Long The original Danvers Half Long dates back to the 1870s. This strain “126” was improved in the 1940s. The old standard American carrot, adaptable and dependable. pinch 4-8 inches Full Sun Fall, Spring 75 days
Nantes Scarlet Sweet, brilliant orange, blunt, cylindrical roots are very delicate and fine-grained, containing almost no core. High moisture content makes this a natural for juicing; fine for bunching or storage. pinch 4-8 inches Full Sun Fall, Spring 65-70 days

CUCUMBERS
Scientific Name: Cucumis 
sativus 

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Dar Cucumber The plants are of bush habit, usually running no more than 18” or so, making them superior for small gardens, containers, or anywhere space is tight. 2-3 12 inches Full Sun Fall,   Spring   60 days
Fin De Meaux This slender, little green fruit is a popular French variety that is hard to find. Very productive plants bear fruit that is darker green than most types. 2-3 12 inches Full Sun Fall, Spring 50-60 days
Tendergreen Burpless Fruits are medium-dark green and best when harvested at 8 inches or less. Fabulous slicer as they uniformly grow into plump, smooth, and yes burpless cucumbers. 2-3 12 inches Full Sun Fall, Spring 55- 65 days
Type Image Attraction Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity

Marigold, Petite Mix

Tagetes

Petite Mix Marigold butterfly Very dwarf mixture of the crested French Marigolds. Easy to grow, event in small pots. 1-2 10-12 inches Full Sun Spring 6-10 days

Nasturtium, Dwarf Jewel Mix

Trapaeolum 
nanum

Beautiful red, yellow and orange edible flowers and leaves with a peppery watercress flavor. Low-growing bushy plants ideal for borders and pots. 1-2 10-12 inches   Full Sun

Spring,
Summer  

50-70 days

Pansy, Morning Dew

Ipomoea mauritian

Morning glories are annual  climbers with slender stems, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-shaped flowers of pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white.  1-2 10-15 ft. Full Sun

Spring,
Summer

60-70 days

Pansy, Swiss Giant

Viola wittrockiana

butterfly

Low, bushy plants are quick to grow and bloom, producing showy, large velvety flowers.  Swiss Giant is heat tolerant. 

1-2 4-6 inches

Full/ Partial Sun

Spring,
Summer
60-70 days

Sunflower, Arikara

Helianthus 
annuus

Arikara - Sunflower The native variety produces 10 ft. tall plants with many beautiful large, bright yellow flowers with black centers. The seeds are edible and were used by the Arikara nation in North Dakota. 1-2 10-12 ft. Full Sun Spring, Summer 70-75 days

Sunflower, Lemon Queen

Helianthus
annuus

Lemon Queen - Sunflower Beautiful, lemon-yellow blooms with chocolate centers. This one is very unique; tall plants produce many brilliant blooms that are a favorite of many bees. 1-2 6-8 ft. Full Sun Spring, Summer 90 days

Sunflower, Mammoth Grey

Helianthus annuus

The most familiar and iconic of all the classic sunflowers is the Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower. These beautiful flowers live up to their name and can grow up to a towering 12 feet high with 10+ inch blooms! 1-2 8-12 ft. Full Sun Summer,
Fall
100 days

Sunflower, Teddy Bear

Helianthus
annuus

Teddy Bear - Sunflower Soft, fluffy, cushion-like flowers on shorter bushy plants. Golden yellow blooms, well-suited for mid borders, containers and bouquets.  1-2 24-36 inches Full Sun Spring, Summer 65-75 days
Type Image Pollinator Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity

Basil, Genovese

Ocimum basilicum

This Italian basil is one of the most aromatic of all basils. Gorgeous, large green leaves on 18-24" plants. A must for any kitchen garden. It is best known for its use in pesto. 2-3 16-18 inches   Full Sun Spring   65-75 days

Basil, Lemon

Ocimum basilicum

With an intense citrus flavor, this variety is more heat tolerant than other basils making it a favorite in the south. The best variety of lemon basil available, it is great in vinegars! 2-3 12-18 inches Full Sun Spring 60-90 days

Chamomile, German

Matricaria chamomilla

German Chamomile Beautiful, small flowers make a relaxing tea with a sweet, fruity fragrance. Pretty flowers. 2-3 24-36 inches Full Sun Spring 90-120 days

Cilantro, Slo-Bolt

Coriandrum sativum

  Great cilantro flavor, yet slower to bolt. Fresh leaves best harvested before flowering.  2-3 24-36 inches Full Sun Spring, Fall 45-60 days

Dill, Bouquet

Anethum 
graveolens

Very aromatic and produces lots of flavorful leaves and seeds. Great companion to most plants and foods. 

2-3 12-24 inches Full Sun Spring,   Summer 65 days

Lavender

Lavadula vera

Lavender Famous for fragrance, the lavender-colored blossoms are used in potpourris, soaps, etc. 2-3 20-24 inches Full Sun Spring 90-200 days

KALE
Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea var.
sabellica

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Blue Curled Scotch

Low, compact plants with finely curled, bluish-green leaves. Usually stands winter weather with some protection. Good cooked or fresh in salads. Grows best in cool weather.

2-3 12 - 16 inches Full Sun Winter, Fall 55 days

LETTUCE
Scientific Name: Lactuca sativa
 

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Big Boston Originally from France, it was renamed Big Boston by Henderson. A heading type that is large, tender and good for salads. pinch 5-10 inches   Full to partial sun  Spring,   Fall      70 days
Henderson's Black Seeded Simpson Very flavorful and superb quality. This is one of the most popular leaf lettuce varieties on the market. Its frilled crumpled leaves are crisp, tender, and very flavorful. The crisp leaves are perfect for salads and garnishes. pinch 9-15 inches Full to partial sun Spring, Fall 45 days
Lunix Oak-leaf type produced lustrous, deep red leaves. Very slow to bolt; the rich red leaves and uptight symmetrical form commend this one for market gardens as well as home gardeners who insist upon superior types.  pinch 8-10 inches Full to partial sun Spring, Fall 45-60 days
Mignonette Bronze Plant produces excellent yields of flavorful butterhead lettuce with frilled leaves. The bronze-green leaves are delicious. Excellent for salads and garnishes.  pinch 5-10 inches Full to partial sun Spring, Fall 65 days
Parris Island Cos Plant produces excellent yields of flavorful dark green lettuce. The leaves are tender, crisp, and thick with a sweet flavor. Perfect for Caesar salads and garnishes. pinch 5-10 inches Full to partial sun Spring, Fall 70-75 days

ONIONS
Scientific Name: Allium cepa
 

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Bronze D'Amposta Attractive reddish-bronze onions are good-sized and sweet. A great variety for fresh eating, as it is not too hot tasting. A decent keeper in storage and a good overall red type.  1-2 12-18 inches Full Sun Late Winter, Spring 75-120 days
He Shi Ko Bunching Plant produces excellent yields of very flavorful bunching onions. Perfect for salads and garnishes. These onions never form bulbs. 1-2 10-14 inches Full Sun Spring 90-120 days
White Creole Short day, medium-sized, round bulbs have a translucent white flesh that is very firm. This variety is an excellent choice for southern growers; forms perfect bulbs and has excellent storage quality. Excellent fresh or cooked. 1-2 6-12 inches Full Sun Late Summer, Fall 150-170 days

PEAS
Scientific Name: Pisum sativum
 

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Carouby de Maussane Snow The 3-4” pods on this snow pea stay very sweet and tender even when picked a little too large. Vines are 4-5’ with beautiful two-tone purple flowers as an added bonus.  1-2 48-72 inches Full Sun Spring 65 days
Lincoln Garden An old-time pea introduced in 1908. High-yielding and tasty, this pea does better than many in warmer weather. The tightly-filled pods are easy to shell, and compact vines are a good choice for small gardens. 1-2 24-30 inches Full Sun Spring, Summer 60-65 days
Little Marvel Garden Little Marvel is a tasty and productive heirloom pea that has been enjoyed for over 100 years! As its name suggests, pods are on the small side and possess a delicious sugary taste.  1-2 18-20 inches Full Sun Spring, Summer 65 days
Sugar Snap This is the wonderfully sweet, edible-pod pea so popular with consumers and gardeners. The delicious, tender pods are great raw (eaten before you ever leave the garden), stir-fried, or in salads.  1-2 48-72 inches Full to partial sun Spring, Fall 65-70 days

PEPPERS
Scientific Name: Capsicum annuum
 

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Anaheim The Anaheim Chili Pepper is a mild to medium heirloom chili pepper that is commonly used in Mexican, and other spicy dishes. It is large, colorful, and tasty. 1-2 18-24 inches Full Sun Spring, Summer 80 days
Caribbean Red Habanero For those who like it hot! These can be twice as spicy as the common orange habanero, so use caution as you enjoy the incredible warmth and rich, smoky-citrus taste of these lantern-shaped 2” fruit. 1-2 28-30 inches Full Sun Spring 90 days
Cayenne Long Thin Peppers are hot and turn from green to brilliant red when mature. Plant has green stems, green leaves, and white flowers. A perfect pepper for seasoning when dried. 1-2 24-36 inches Full Sun Spring 85 days
Chocolate Beauty Blocky, medium to large, green, 3-4 lobed fruits ripen to a rich chocolate-brown. The green fruits are good, but they are spectacular when fully ripe--crisp, juicy, and very sweet!  1-2 24 inches Full Sun Spring 85 days

Doux D'Espagne

(Spanish Mammoth)

Plant produces good yields of Italian sweet peppers. Peppers turn from green to red when fully mature. Excellent for stuffing, salads, and cooking. 1-2 36 inches Full Sun Spring 90 days
Oda Very strong, compact plants crank out tapered, pointed bells from early summer on. The fruits are the loveliest shade of plum purple, ripening to a lustrous red-brown.  1-2 24-28 inches Full Sun Spring 70 days
Santa Fe Grande One of the best pickling peppers on the market, the types you see in the supermarkets! This variety has thick crunchy walls and is perfect for pickling. 1-2 24-36 inches Full Sun Spring 80 days

RADISHES
Scientific Name:
Raphanus sativus

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
China Rose It has a rose-colored skin and white flesh. Great for growing as sprouts too. Very easy to grow. For best results, plant winter storage radish in mid to late August. Excellent choice for home gardens. 2-3 roots Full to partial  sun Spring, Fall      55 days 
Early Scarlet Globe They are crisp, tender, juicy, and mild, and flavorful. Excellent for salads, vegetable platters, and garnishes. It doesn't get hot or spicy like other varieties. 2-3 roots Full Sun Fall,  Winter 20-35 days
Pink Beauty A beautiful, round, pink radish that has become hard to find. It is sweet and tasty. Popular at specialty markets; a must for all radish growers! Wonderful and unique. 2-3 roots  Full Sun Fall,  Winter 26 days

SPINACH
Scientific Name: Spinacia 
oleracea

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Bloomsdale Long Standing

Bloomsdale Long Standing is an old standard. It's a large, spreading spinach has dark green, savoyed curled leaves. The yield is good, and it is slow to bolt.

2-3 10-12 inches Full to partial sun Winter, Fall 40-50 days

SQUASH
Scientific Name: Cucurbita pepo
 
Except for Butternut Waltham (Cucurbita moschata)

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Butternut Waltham The undisputed king of all butternut squash, the “Waltham Butternut” is an heirloom and a 1970 All-America Selections winner; a familiar staple of classic American cooking. 1-2 10-12 inches  Full Sun  Spring   85-100 days
Crookneck, Early Golden

Bush type plant produces high yields of buttery yellow squash with a narrow-curved neck. Very tender and flavorful. Turns darker yellow as it matures.

1-2 24 inches Full Sun Spring 45-60 days
Table Queen Acorn Plant produces good yields of large 7" deep green acorn shaped squash. The squash has flavorful dark orange flesh. Excellent sliced, fried, or steamed. 1-2 24 inches Full Sun Spring 85 days
Zucchini Black Beauty Bush type plant produces high yields of straight dark green zucchini squash. The outer surface is very smooth. Best when harvested when squash is 8" long. 1-2 24 inches Full Sun Spring 50-65 days

TOMATOES
Scientific Name: Lycopersicum esculentum 

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity
Black Cherry This is the first true black cherry tomato that has the classic tomato flavor. Perfect for salads, gourmet dishes, vegetable platters, shish-kebabs, or just eating fresh right off the vine.  2-3 72-84 inches  Full Sun  Spring 60-90 days
Bonny Best Old favorite, introduced in 1908, Bonny Best boasts 6-8 oz smooth bright scarlet globes that are flavorful, solid and meaty. Popular for home and market gardens.  2-3 36-60 inches Full Sun Spring 75 days
Costoluto Florentino Plant produces good yields of 8 oz red beefsteak tomatoes. They have a high flavor of sugar and acid making it one of the best for making spaghetti sauce.  2-3 48-60 inches Full Sun Spring 80-90 days
Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry These extremely rare, lemon-yellow coloured, medium-large cherry tomatoes are very tasty with a good, sweet and mild flavour, and when immature have some faint striping similar to gooseberries, hence the name. 2-3 72-96 inches Full Sun Spring 75 days
Moneymaker Plant produces heavy yields of 4 to 6 oz bright red tomatoes. They are very sweet, juicy, and flavorful. Perfect for salads, slicing, and sandwiches.  2-3 55-60 inches Full Sun Spring 75 days
Tommy Toe Early maturing plant produces heavy yields of ½ to ¾ oz bright glossy red cherry tomatoes. They are mild, juicy and flavorful. It has the rich old-fashioned tomato flavor.  2-3 60-72 inches Full Sun Spring 75 days

WATERMELON
Scientific Name: Citrullus 
lanatus

Type Image Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity

Black Seeded Ice Cream

A sweet-flavored, pink-fleshed watermelon that has a pale greenish cream-colored rind. It is an old variety that was popular in the 19th century.

2-3 18 - 24 inches Full Sun Spring 90-100 days

 

Sugar Baby

Sugar Baby Watermelon The most popular icebox-sized melon among gardeners! They have a sweet, deep red flesh. 2-3 15-24 inches Full Sun Spring 75-80 days
Type Image Attraction Description Seeds per Hole Height Sunlight When to Plant Days to Maturity

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa butterfly This bushy, 1-2 ft. perennial is prized for its large, flat-topped clusters of bright orange flowers. When grown from seed, it takes 2-3 years to flower. Once established it will continue to expand each year pinch 12-24 inches Full Sun Spring 2-3 years

Lance-Leaf Coreopsis

Coreopsis lanceolata

Coreopsis lanceolata butterfly The bright yellow, daisy-like flowers are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and bloom singly on a long stem. pinch 12-24 inches Full Sun Spring, Summer 90-120 days

Nodding Onion

Allium cernuum

Allium cernuum Nodding Onion is stunning to have in gardens because of its unique flowers. A ball of star-like flowers forms on each stem, tending to bend downward. 2-3 seeds 8-18 inches Full to partial sun Summer  

Prairie Blazing Star

Liatris pycnostachya

Liatris pycnostachya butterfly It makes a beautiful cut flower. It has grass-like leaves with a purple tufted flower head. Sometimes grown as an ornamental. 3-4 seeds 30-48 inches Full to partial sun Summer 20-25 days

 

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea The flowers are a golden red to purple. Coneflowers have been known to treat rattlesnake bites, bee stings, headaches, toothaches, and sore throats. 3-4 seeds 40-48 inches Full to partial sun Summer, Fall 1-2 years

 

Rose Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias incarnata Also known as Red Milkweed, Marsh Milkweed, or Swamp Milkweed. This flower has a vanilla fragrance with large rosy pink flowers. 3-4 seeds 30-48 inches Full to partial sun Summer 40-50 days

Tennessee Coneflower

Echinacea tennesseensis

Echinacea tennesseensis Recently removed from the federal endangered species list! Flat, pastel pink flowers with green and burgundy centers, and follow the sun like sunflowers. 3-4 seeds 12-24 inches Full to partial sun Summer 2-3 years

Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata

Asclepias verticillata butterfly This flower has greenish-white flowers and "whorled" leaves. *Can be toxic to livestock* 3-4 seeds 12-24 inches Full to partial sun Summer  
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