It is that time… I need to think about what to put in my garden this year. I had marked several seeds as interesting at Sustainable Seed Co. last year, and they just sent me a reminder.

For those of you who garden, and want heirloom quality foods with Actual Taste and NO GMOs, here is what I marked, in no particular order. Now, to narrow down my choices to what will FIT! 😉

Bulls Blood Beet Seeds

Bulls Blood is an heirloom beet from the 1840s and is primarily grown for its tender, sweet, deep red-burgundy foliage, but the beets are tasty when harvested at…

Price: $2.49


Daikon Radish

This root vegetable reported to have originated in the Mediterranean and brought to China for cultivation around 500 B.C. Roots are large, often 2 to 4 inches in diameter and 6 to 20 inches…

Price: $2.29


Cylindra Beet Seeds

Dark red, cylindrical and about 6-9″ long. This is not your typical beet as it is much longer. It almost resembles the size and shape of a small sweet potato. This long root make for…

Price: $2.29


Burpee Golden Beet Seeds

Burpee Golden Beet seeds made their debut in 1828. If you are annoyed when those pesky red beets “bleed” all over your counters then this is the beet for you. Want to wow your…

Price: $2.75


Tatume Squash Seed

Tatume is a summer squash popular in Mexico and Texas, round/oval med-dark green to yellow fruits with faint stripes. 5-7″ in diameter. Firm, fine flavor with very vigorous spreading…

Price: $2.29


Auld Sod Tomato Seed

Determinate, small bushy plants produce plum shaped, red fruits that are firm walled with some tang. Huge early yields and some blight resistance. This is a very…

Price: $1.99 (High on my “Probable” list)


Columbianum Wildform Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate. Massive tresses of medium small red cherry fruits. Good flavor and ability to hold on the plant. Originating in Columbia, from Gerhard Bohl, Germany. Produces sweet, little…

Price: $2.99 (High on my “Probable” list)


Organic Darby Red and Yellow Tomato

Indeterminate. Medium sized red fruit with yellow tiger stripes. Excellent flavor, Developed by Dr. Lewis Darby of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in Littlehampton UK in the…

Price: $2.99


Indian Dhannat Cilantro

Low growing, heat tolerant cultivar from India. Excellent in chutneys or as an addition to a salsa.  It has also been used for generations as a digestive aid as a tea or directly eating…

Price: $2.99


Collective Farm Woman Melon

Collective Farm Woman has a yellow-gold rind with extra sweet white flesh.  Melons grow 7-10″ in size.  Collective Farm Woman ripens early as you would expect from a cool…

Price: $2.29 (Stays on the list. I love melons!)


Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Not only a colorful addition to salads, but it is really fast producing and very flavorful. I was stunned at the size of this particular strain when I went to see it in our grower’s…

Price: $1.99


Dill, Dukat Herb Seed

Dukat Dill has sea blue-green leaves that impart a delicate herbal fragrance. Dukat Dill has a taste is light and sweetly aromatic, but never bitter or overly…

Price: $1.99 (Also stays on the list)


Organic Forest Fire Tomato Seeds

Determinate.  Crazy early tomatoes borne on bushes that were so early the bush was  9″ tall with few leaves.  If you don’t have great amounts of space and want an…

Price: $2.99 (See why it is so hard to narrow down my choices?!)


Organic katja Tomato Seed

Semi-determinate vines. Katja is a large pink slicer that not only bears early, but produces copious amount of large fruit. Plants are semi-determinate which makes them perfect for those that…

Price: $2.99


Organic Black Seaman Tomato Seed

Semi-Determinate.  One of the most beautiful tomatoes in our trials, these dark purple to crimson colored fruits can get up to a pound in size!  Growing…

Price: $2.99


Thessaloniki Tomato Seeds

Thessaloniki produces a dense foliage needed to protect the fruit from the warm Greek Sun. Excellent disease resistance to fungus. Thessaloniki is famous for producing practically uniform,…

Price: $2.99


Striped German Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate vines with potato leaves.  Striped German tomato is a very colorful tomato!  The flavor is very complex, almost fruity. Striped German needs good staking though. …

Price: $2.49


White Wonder Cucumber Seeds

Released to the market by Burpee in 1893, this variety produces nice yields of 6″ to 8″ long white cucumbers. Excellent for salads, pickles, or gourmet…

Price: $2.29


Organic Amazon Chocolate Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate. A wonderful flavored, rich colored tomato, this black will get to beefsteak sizes sometimes near a pound.   One of my personal favorites, it sets the standard for me…

Price: $2.99


Organic Coyote Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate. with regular leaves. Coyote made its way from Mexico to Pennsylvania and is now cultivated all over. Coyote is a tiny tomato with a big taste! The…

Price: $3.49


Organic Gail’s Sweet Plum Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate with regular leaves. A very sweet small paste tomato that is also a great producer! What really got us in the trial gardens was the taste – quite good for a paste tomato!…

Price: $2.99


Copia Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate. Copia was developed from a cross between Green Zebra and Marvel Stripe. Copia’s interior flesh is yellow/gold and occasionally streaked with red. The flavor is highly…

Price: $2.49


Green Moldovan DF Tomato

Green Moldovan Tomato Seeds

Price: $3.99


Banana Melon

Produces a long (18″-20″) torpedo shaped fruit that can weigh in excess of 5lbs. with a yellow skin that’s smooth with little netting.  Some say the name came from its…

Price: $2.29


Watermelon Radish Seeds

Watermelon Radish Seeds

Price: $2.79


Scallop Yellow Bush Squash Seed

Scallop Yellow was domesticated by the Native Americans and grown by northern tribes.  Delicious when harvested about 2-3 inches in size. It is delicate, tender and beautiful when…

Price: $2.29


Romanesco Broccoli Seed

Has great spiraling designs and shades of apple-green color whirling together to form some of the best tasting broccoli. Grown almost everywhere in Italy for its amazing flavor. Especially…

Price: $2.29


Black Hungarian Pepper Seeds

A great showpiece that can be used as a flowerbed border or the main attraction!  The emerald green foliage is highlighted by purple flowers and later red…

Price: $2.49


Rosemary Herb Seed

Rosemary is a perennial herb that grows upright into a profusion of fragrant needle leaves. Rosemary is drought tolerant, loves full sun, and grows back vigorously after cutting. Plants…

Price: $3.49 (I will look for Rosemary plants instead – seeds don’t take here very well but this is a reminder)


Cornsalad “Mache” Herb Seed

A nutty green used in salads in France for many years, “Mache” is also called lambs lettuce.  Liking cool weather similar to spinach, this tasty green has 3 times more vitamin…

Price: $1.99


Large Leaf Sorrel Herb Seed

Add a lemon zest to any salad with these tastey greens!  Very prolific perennial, Sorrel is an herb missing from most American’s diets – and to their loss!  Best with fish…

Price: $1.99


Hyssop Herb Seeds

Hyssops makes a delightful 2′ hedge producing dark blue flower spikes that are sure to attract any self-respecting butterfly, hummingbird or bee! The foliage is dark green and slightly…

Price: $2.29


Sugar Ann Snap Pea

Sugar Ann Snap Pea

Price: $2.49


Round Zucchini Seeds

Round Zucchini Seeds

Price: $2.29


Organic Red Stuffer Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate. Prolific, producing red-orange fruit with 3-4 large cells inside.  Similar that that of a sweet bell pepper.  Removing the seeds is a snap – fill it with your…

Price: $2.99


Petrillo Tomato Seeds

Indeterminate tomato vines with regular leaves. The USDA says they acquired this tomato in the 1950s from Puerto Rico, however it is rumored to originally have come…

Price: $2.99


Abe Lincoln Tomato Seed

Released in 1923 and hailed as “The Giant of all Tomatoes”. Produces loads of meaty, 8 oz red tomatoes late in the summer in clusters of 4-6. Real true tomato flavor lost in most of…

Price: $2.29


Organic Baby Pak Choi

Who can resist Baby Pak Choi!  Juicy, succulent stems and leaves in only 33 days.  Also called Shanghai Bok Choi.  Pak Choi is fast growing and…

Price: $2.75


Big Rainbow Tomato Seeds

Six foot plus indeterminate plants bear huge ribbed, yellow-orange fruits weighing up to two pounds. Golden fleshed with red streaks and a rainbow of colors. As juicy as it is sweet. Makes a…

Price: $2.39


Tenderette Green Bean Seeds

Tenderette is a delicious, stringless, high-bearing green bean that produces over a long season. Reaching 20″ tall, it bears long, straight, consistent 5″ long green beans with a…

Price: $2.29


Pasilla Bajio Pepper Seeds

Also called “Chile Negro”.  The name in Spanish means little raisin which refers to the wrinkled skin as this pepper dries.  Although classified…

Price: $2.49 (Had these last year. Delicious!!)


Giant Aconcagua Pepper Seeds

Aconcagua is said to be from Argentina where things are known to be spicy, but this pepper is not! In fact it is considered to be very sweet and fruity in flavor. A…

Price: $2.29


Corno di Toro Pepper Seeds

An old Italian Heirloom that is also known as “Bull Horn Pepper”.  Has long 8-10″ fruits that turn deep red when fully ripe.  Very sweet…

Price: $2.49


Mini White Pickle Cucumber Seeds

This cucumber produces loads of small white fruits on short 3′ vines.  One of the absolute best white cucumbers as it has no bitterness.  Excellent for salads, pickles or any…

Price: $1.99


Sakata’s Sweet Melon Seeds

Sakata produces 3-4″ melons that are oh so sweet. They have a high sugar content and edible skins. Crisp flesh and a bright yellow outer skin. Excellent…

Price: $2.99


Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelon Seeds

Georgia Rattlesnake is said to have been developed in the 1830s. It has been an old Southern favorite for a long time. Georgia Rattlesnake averages 35-50 pounds….

Price: $2.49 (As much as I would like to grow watermelon, they don’t do well here, at least in my garden. Maybe I am doing something wrong? Anyway, looks like I will be shopping the organic melons at Whole Foods instead. Sigh)


Organic Braising Greens

A growing trend at fine eateries and farmers market is a high quality braising mix. This is a unique blend of different mustards and arugula. Sure to please the most refined palette. A very…

Price: $2.75


Dill, Bouquet Herb Seeds

This variety of dill is one of the earliest and most savory. Reaches 2-3′ tall and produces yellow umbel-shaped flowers.  These flowers are a magnet for many butterflies like the…

Price: $1.99


Texas Hill Country Red Okra

The okra is red in color and “The Texas Hill Country” refers to the limestone hills surrounding Austin/San Antonio area. This okra grows 4-6′ tall. Has 3″ bronze red fruit…

Price: $1.99 (I love fresh okra, but I don’t have space for more than a couple plants. But, since Whole Foods rarely has it, I think I will plant it in the flower beds!)


Sweet Pickle Pepper Seeds

Compact, bushy plants reach 15″ tall and are covered with clusters on 2 inch long fruits, fruits color (through maturity) yellow to orange to red to purple….

Price: $2.49


Mulato Isleno Pepper Seeds

Mulato Isleno are excellent for stuffing as rellenos, very fat, 6 x 3 in. diameter at stem, mild and distinctive flavor. These peppers turn from dark green to red…

Price: $2.49


Marianna’s Peace Tomato Seeds

Marianna’s Peace is an old Czechoslovakia heirloom that produces a 1-2 lb pink beefsteak tomato. The flavor is deep, creamy, very complex and sweet. Just what you would expect from an old…

Price: $1.99


Flame Tomato Seeds

Flame Tomato Seeds

Price: $2.29


Black Spanish Round Radish Seeds

This radish was around when the Mona Lisa was painted! A true heirloom with a snowy white interior and jet black skin. Black Spanish is a great fall/winter planted…

Price: $2.29


Soapwort Flower Seeds

Soapwort Seeds

Price: $2.49


Crosby Egyptian Beet

Crosby Egyptian Beet

Price: $2.29



Organic Purple Tomatillo

You may be familiar with green tomatillos, this is the purple version.  Very hard to find these days.  A wonderful surprise awaits inside the papery…

Price: $3.25 (Deeee-licious!! I made tomatillo salsa last year and it was awesome… didn’t last in the freezer!)


Peppermint Stick Celery Seeds

Peppermint Stick Celery Seeds

Price: $2.75


Double Yield Cucumber

Double Yield cucumber was developed in 1924 by Joseph Harris & Company of Coldwater, NY. Very early. The fruit is perfectly symmetrical, very straight, blunt…

Price: $2.29


Organic Dancing With Smurfs

Who wouldn’t love a blue tomato with a name like “Dancing With Smurfs”! Amazing tomato that is sure to be to talk of your block. Stunning purple/blue tomatoes that turn…

Price: $3.99 (OK, I have to do these for the organic growers group I belong to!)


Basil, Spicy Globe Bush

Spicy Globe Bush Basil

Price: $2.29


Basil, Purple Ruffles

Purple Ruffles Basil

Price: $2.49


Yukon Chief Sweet Corn

Yukon Chief Sweet Corn

Price: $2.99 (Don’t have the room, or the heat, to do sweet corn. Tried it last year and it never ‘took’ so I suppose it is Whole Foods again!)


Creeping Thyme

Creeping Thyme

Price: $3.49 (I plan on replacing my front lawn with creeping thyme when I can get my head around the work it will take to rip out the grass, fertilize and then get my thyme going. Lots of work, so …… maybe dead grass is OK after all! But wouldn’t it smell and look amazing?)


Organic Pichit Pepper Seeds

Pichit is a New Mexican type pepper from Thailand.  Fruits are moderately spicy with a nice sweet flavor.  It made a great addition to fermented hot…

Price: $2.99


Organic Limòn Pepper Seeds

The Limon pepper is small and yellow with a fresh citrus flavor that is hot like a scotch bonnet. It dries well and makes great hot sauce. Limon is so well loved on the biodynamic farm in…

Price: $2.99 (Ouch. HOT! Do I really want to make my own hot sauce? Hum…….)


Pineapple Tomatillo Seeds

Pineapple Tomatillo

Physalis ixocarpa

Price: $2.99


Organic Clackamas Blueberry Tomato Seeds

Organic Clackamas Blueberry Tomato Seeds

Price: $3.99


Organic Basque Pepper Seeds

Organic Basque Pepper Seeds

Price: $3.49


Organic Athens Tomato

Organic Athens Tomato

Price: $3.49


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