• Agricultural Mustard, pound

    Agricultural Mustard, pound

    SECTION: Compost Crops, Agricultural Mustard, Brassica alba or juncea Excellent cover crop often used in orchards and vineyards. Suppresses weeds, nematodes and soil diseases, cycles nutrients, increases tilth. Also a high protein forage. Broadcast any time during the growing season. It can be harvested at any stage, but preferably just after flowering. Plant mid-Aug for winter cover. EA CULTURE: ALL/Matures 5-6/Harvest up to 8/Yield 180-270/Spacing Broadcast thickly SEEDS PER PACKET: 4100 SOURCE CODE: C PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4-1/2" WHEN TO PLANT: Anytime, mid-Aug to Sep for winter cover PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Broadcast seed fairly thickly any time during the growing season, mid-Aug for winter cover. Matures in 5-6 weeks. It can be turned in or harvested at any stage, but preferably just after flowering. Suppresses weeds, nematodes, and soil diseases. Sow about 1 pound per 2,000 square feet.
  • Alan Chadwick’s Rodan Lettuce, Looseleaf

    Alan Chadwick’s Rodan Lettuce, Looseleaf

    Latin name: Lactuca sativa GB Cultural info: CW, WW / Mat 6-13 / Harvest 1-3 / Yield leaf 135-540, head 75-300/ Spacing: Leaf 8-9, Head 12 / Area 25 Seed code: GB Seeds per pkt: 80 Description: Alan Chadwick was an English master gardener whose methods formed the basis of the GROW BIOINTENSIVE (R) method. He had studied under a number of European masters and this heirloom was one of his treasures. A heritage medium-sized looseleaf tinged with red. Beautiful to see and to eat.
  • Alderman Pole Pea, Shelling

    Alderman Pole Pea, Shelling

    Latin name: Pisum sativum GB Cultural info: CW/Mat 8-11/Harv 12/Yield 25-106(shelled)/ Spac 3 / Seed code: C Seeds per pkt: 160 Description: English heirloom and we think the finest tall variety under cultivation. It has marvelous flavor and crops very well. Grows robustly with deep green pointed pods, easily shelled. It grows to about 5 ft. and needs a trellis or frame.
  • Alfalfa, Dormant, organic

    Alfalfa, Dormant, organic

    SECTION: Compost Crops, Alfalfa (Lucerne), Medicago sativa GB Cultural info: ALL/Matures 17+/Harvest 9+/Yield green 148-412, dry 44-123/Spacing 5"/ Seed code: O Seeds per pkt: 5000 Description: A fantastic Nitrogen fixer: .35-.57 lbs. of Nitrogen per 100 square feet per year. This variety is extremely winter hardy for those who want a perennial alfalfa in cold climates -- hardy to zone 4+. Also provides quality hay, is non-spreading, and can be cut 2-4 times per year. Reputed to be best for breaking up intractable caliche.
  • Alfalfa, Non-Dormant seed, organic

    Alfalfa, Non-Dormant seed, organic

    SECTION: Compost Crops, Alfalfa (Lucerne), Medicago sativa GB Cultural info: ALL/Matures 17+/Harvest 9+/Yield green 148-412, dry 44-123/Spacing 5"/ Seed code: O Seeds per pkt: 5000 Description: A fantastic Nitrogen fixer: .35-.57 lbs. of Nitrogen per 100 square feet per year. This variety is best grown as an annual or over-wintered in zones 9-11. Grows quickly, can be cut several times. This is the best variety for temporary plantings where the alfalfa will be cut, composted and the bed used for another crop the next season. One packet will plant 400 sq ft when using 5" spacing in the bed. 5000 seeds..
  • Alyssum

    Alyssum

    SECTION: Flowers, Alyssum, Lobularia maritima Beloved for its sweet honey scent, this easy, fast bloomer is one of the best attractors of beneficial insects and butterflies. Tiny insect predators that protect the garden from chewing insects need small, nectar-rich flowers, and sweet alyssum is a favorite. Perfect for cascading down walls or containers, as a low edging (esp. with cabbage family), or as a carpet under tall, relatively open plants like onions, garlic, orach, pole beans, podding radish and sunflowers. Succession-sow, spring to fall. One packet will plant 20 sq ft when using 4" spacing in the bed. (Select Cultural Info/Seed Codes in red top bar for more details about codes below) EA CULTURE: HA/Spacing 4" SEEDS PER PACKET: 250 SOURCE CODE: C
  • Amaranth Collection

    Amaranth Collection

    SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Amaranth, Collections Amaranthus tricolor If you aren’t sure where to start, this is a good place. Try our varieties and see which you like best. Includes amaranth and quinoa info sheet, along with 3 packets of amaranth seed. One packet will plant 100 sq ft when using Grain 12", Leaf 6" spacing in the bed. GB CULTURE: W,H/Matures Grain 12, Leaf 6/Harvest 4/Yield Grain 4-16+, Leaf 68-272/Spacing Grain 12", Leaf 6" SEEDS PER PACKET: 300 SOURCE CODE: mix PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4" WHEN TO PLANT: May to early June PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start in flats or seed directly after all danger of frost is past, on 6" centers. Likes well-drained soil in good tilth and fairly level (so the small seeds do not wash away). Cover seeds thinly with soil (about 1/4"). To germinate keep soil moist and water moderately. After 3-5 weeks start harvesting leaves, don't take more than 1/2. Keep going for grain harvest. 300 seeds.
  • Amaranth Mix

    Amaranth Mix

    GB CULTURE: W,H/Matures Grain 12, Leaf 6/Harvest 4/Yield Grain 4-16+, Leaf 68-272/Spacing Grain 12", Leaf 6" DAYS TO MAT: 30-112 SEEDS PER PACKET: 300 SOURCE CODE: GB APPROX GERM DAYS: 5-14 PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8" WHEN TO PLANT: Early Summer, Late Spring PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start in flats or in the garden after all danger of frost, on 6" centers in a level spot (so the small seeds do not wash away). Dig in compost and rake well before planting. Cover seeds thinly with soil (about 1/8"). Keep soil moist until seeds sprout, do not let them wilt. Varitey with red centers on green leaves (black seeds in this mix) are used like spinach as soon as plant reaches 10". The rest, both green and red-leaved are for grain; cut and thresh tops when seed starts to shed. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Amaranthus spp. The seeds will cross, but produce a variety of greens and seed types. A lovely display, and a sampler of the Amaranths grown at our research gardens.
  • Amaranth, Burgundy Grain

    Amaranth, Burgundy Grain

    GB CULTURE: W,H/Matures Grain 12, Leaf 6/Harvest 4/Yield Grain 4-16+, Leaf 68-272/Spacing Grain 12", Leaf 6" DAYS TO MAT: 100-120 SEEDS PER PACKET: 300 SOURCE CODE: O APPROX GERM DAYS: 5-14 PLANTING DEPTH: Broadcast WHEN TO PLANT: Summer PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start seeds in flats or sow 1/8 inch deep and 12" apart directly into beds after all danger of frost has passed. Keep soil moist until seedlings are established, but after that water sparingly. Does best under dry, warm conditions. Harvest when seedheads mature and dry out. Can be threshed and winnowed by hand. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Amaranthus sp. Beautiful big plants to 8 ft with both leaves and seedheads of intense deep red. Produces large yields of white seed, excellent for grain use. We are pleased to be able to offer this hard-to-get type, the first of a series of amaranths we have been searching out for backyard grain-growers.
  • Amaranth, Ellen's Purple

    Amaranth, Ellen's Purple

    GB CULTURE: W,H/Matures Grain 12, Leaf 6/Harvest 4/Yield Grain 4-16+, Leaf 68-272/Spacing Grain 12", Leaf 6" DAYS TO MAT: 100-120 SEEDS PER PACKET: 300 SOURCE CODE: GB APPROX GERM DAYS: 5-14 PLANTING DEPTH: Broadcast WHEN TO PLANT: Summer PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start seeds in flats or sow 1/8 inch deep and 12" apart directly into beds after all danger of frost has passed. Keep soil moist until seedlings are established, but after that water sparingly. Does best under dry, warm conditions. Harvest when seedheads mature and dry out. Can be threshed and winnowed by hand. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Amaranthus spp. A productive and beautiful amaranth from Golden Rule's Ellen Bartholomew, who has trialed so many unusual grains over the years. Ellen originally got the seeds from Salt Spring Island Seeds and believes they were a cross of Burgundy and Golden Giant Amaranth. This one is really fun - the seeds themselves are all white - but the flower heads can vary wildly in color - yellow, orange etc. and shape.
  • Amaranth, Golden Giant

    Amaranth, Golden Giant

    EA CULTURE: W,H/Matures Grain 12, Leaf 6/Harvest 4/Yield Grain 4-16+, Leaf 68-272/Spacing Grain 12", Leaf 6" DAYS TO MAT: 100-120 SEEDS PER PACKET: 300 SOURCE CODE: GB APPROX GERM DAYS: 5-14 PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8" WHEN TO PLANT: Summer PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start seeds directly after all danger of frost is past, on 6" centers. Likes well-drained soil in good tilth and fairly level (so the small seeds do not wash away). Cover seeds thinly with soil (about 1/8"). To germinate keep soil moist - water moderately. After 3-5 weeks start harvesting leaves, but for continued production don't harvest more than half the plant at once. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Amaranthus sp. Yields of over 1 lb. of white seed per plant have been reported on striking plants to 6' tall. With golden stems and flowering heads. May be planted anytime after risk of frost is past, up to 2 months before cool weather. Also known for its edible leaves, similar to spinach in taste and content.
  • Amaranth, Red Leaf, Tampala, Calaloo

    Amaranth, Red Leaf, Tampala, Calaloo

    EA CULTURE: W,H/Matures Leaf 6/Harvest 4/Leaf 68-272/Spacing Grain 6" DAYS TO MAT: 40-50 SEEDS PER PACKET: 300 SOURCE CODE: C APPROX GERM DAYS: 5-14 PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8" WHEN TO PLANT: Summer PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start seeds directly after all danger of frost is past, on 6" centers. Likes well-drained soil in good tilth and fairly level (so the small seeds do not wash away). Cover seeds thinly with soil (about 1/8"). To germinate keep soil moist - water moderately. After 3-5 weeks start harvesting leaves, but for continued production don't harvest more than half the plant at once. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Amaranthus sp. Large to medium sized tender tasty leaves. The green oval leaves are overlaid with burgundy red for a coleus - like appearance. Delicious cooked; in our experience it tastes like spinach (high in minerals but also high in oxalic acid content). Not good raw. Whole plant must be harvested - picking leaf by leaf it gets bitter. Best to sow in succession. Heat tolerant. Multi-stalked, 18-20" tall.
  • Ammi, Laceflower, or Green Mist

    Ammi, Laceflower, or Green Mist

    SECTION: Flowers, Ammi, Laceflower, Visnaga, Khella, Ammi visnaga Delicate lacy flowers, long-lasting bouquets, medicinal herb, and beneficial insect attractor—this one has it all. Long grown in India for its powerful action against kidney stones, asthma, and heart problems, and in Spain to fight tooth decay, Ammi is now widely grown for its ethereal cloud of flowers. Gardeners have found it tough, easy to grow, and a long-lasting attractor of pest-fighting insects. Lacy leaves don’t get in the way of other crops, so it’s easy to set transplants among crops bothered by chewing insects. Late bloomer. Mix with alyssum and fennel for all season protection. One packet will plant 30 sq ft when using 10" spacing in the bed. (Select Cultural Info/Seed Codes in red top bar for more details about codes below) EA CULTURE: A/Spacing 10" SEEDS PER PACKET: 50 SOURCE CODE: C APPROX GERM DAYS: 12-16 PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8 " WHEN TO PLANT: early spring, or fall in the South PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Best to plant outdoors after danger of heavy frost is past (or in fall in the South). Can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out. Likes full sun and average, well-drained soil; can tolerate dry soil. For continuous summer harvest of flowers, make 2-3 successive sowings, 2 weeks apart.
  • Ancient Durum Wheats

    Ancient Durum Wheats

    SECTION: Grains and Fibers, Wheat, Ancient, Triticum dicoccom Spring-planted. The quality standard for pasta, this ancient type of wheat has beautiful narrow 2-row heads with long awns. We have grown several durum strains together for maximum genetic diversity and resilience. GB $2.00 EA CULTURE: C/Matures 16-20/Harvest 0-4/Yield 4-26 grain, 12-72 dry biomass/Spacing 5" SEEDS PER PACKET: 50 SOURCE CODE: GB APPROX GERM DAYS: 7-10 PLANTING DEPTH: 1-1.5" WHEN TO PLANT: Early spring
  • Aronia

    Aronia

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  • Artichoke, Cal Green Globe

    Artichoke, Cal Green Globe

    EA CULTURE: P/CW,WW/Matures 24-52/Harvest 8/Yield 20/ Spacing 72 DAYS TO MAT: 168-365 SEEDS PER PACKET: 50 SOURCE CODE: C APPROX GERM DAYS: PLANTING DEPTH: 1/2" WHEN TO PLANT: Fall PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start seeds in flats and transplant into nearly any well-textured and manured soil after danger of frost. Needs to get 10-12 days under 50F per year to stimulate growth and flowering. When plants have four true leaves, transplant 6' apart, cover with soil and tamp firmly. Discard small and albino plants. Water deeply and use mulch to preserve moisture. Protect from gophers and other root-eating rodents. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Cynara cardynculus Beautiful, big perennial. The hardiest artichoke variety, to zone 6. Produces big flavorful 3-5" flower buds (the part that is eaten) the first year from seed, so it can be grown as an annual in cold regions. To get artichokes the first year, start indoors in a warm place, then harden off and transplant outside while weather is still cold so it thinks it's been through the winter. One of the best ornamental edibles with huge silver spiky leaves. Give the crown protection from cold and wet, planting in a slight mound and working in some sand or gravel near the surface.
  • Arugula, Rocket, Greens, Salad

    Arugula, Rocket, Greens, Salad

    GB CULTURE: C,W/Matures 5-6/Harvest 2-3/Yield /Spacing 12" DAYS TO MAT: 37-50 SEEDS PER PACKET: 200 SOURCE CODE: O APPROX GERM DAYS: 5-10 PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8" WHEN TO PLANT: Spring and Fall PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Does well in any good garden soil that is well drained. Start in flats in succession spring through fall. Protect from hot sun - in summer, does well as an understory beneath taller plants like tomatoes and peppers. Transplant 12" apart. Leaves can begin to be harvested six weeks after planting. Flowers are edible, and draw beneficial insects. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Eruca sativa> Fast and easy in most soils, and cold-hardy. Likes some water. Abundant producer of spicy, tender, young leaves and flowers which are eaten in mixed salads. Plant every 2 weeks--bolts quickly. Be sure to leave some plants to re seed. They flower for a long time, drawing pollinators. Also, easy in to grow in containers.
  • Ashwagandha

    Ashwagandha

    SECTION: Herbs, Ashwagandha, Withania, Withania somnifera “Indian ginseng”. Tender perennial grown as an annual, like a tomato. Ashwagandha is like ginseng – both are used to improve vitality and to aid recovery after chronic illness. While ginseng is hard to grow, this is easy and you get an immediate annual crop. Grow like tomatoes, but more resistant to cool weather. Roots, leaves, berries used for strengthening, anti-inflammatory, anemia. One packet will plant 30-80 sq ft when using 16-24” spacing in the bed. (Select Cultural Info/Seed Codes in red top bar for more details about codes below) EA CULTURE: TP/Spacing 16-24” DAYS TO MAT: 90 SEEDS PER PACKET: 25 SOURCE CODE: C PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Grows like tomatoes or peppers. Start seed in flats (or plant direct) Transplant seedlings 18-24" apart into sunny, warm area. Light, well-drained soil is best. Amend soil with ample amount of compost-doesn't need that much N. Does not like cold nights. Water like tomatoes. Grown primarily for roots but leaves and fruit usable as well.
  • Asparagus, Mary Washington

    Asparagus, Mary Washington

    GB CULTURE: P/C,W/Matures 4 yrs/Harvest 8/Yield 9-38/Spacing 12/ DAYS TO MAT: 4 years SEEDS PER PACKET: 35 SOURCE CODE: C APPROX GERM DAYS: PLANTING DEPTH: 1/2" WHEN TO PLANT: Fall PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start early in flats. Germination is improved by scarifying (rubbing the seed between 2 layers of sandpaper) and soaking seeds overnight in warm water. Transplant to temporary bed in 12-14 weeks, after danger of frost. Next year place in 18" trench: 6" soil, then roots. Cover with 2" soil and add soil as plants grow. Give compost mulch yearly. Small harvest 3rd year, full 4th year on. Stop harvest mid-summer to let roots recover. SECTION: Vegetable Seeds, Asparagus officinalis A good old variety for general use and for raising from seed. Mild-flavored. Will last for years once established.
  • Astragalus, Huang-qi

    Astragalus, Huang-qi

    SECTION: Herbs, Astragalus, Astragalus membranaceus “King of the tonic herbs”, immunostimulant. Taprooted legume that is much easier to grow than many Chinese herbs. Prefers full sun, average soil, good drainage. Scarify seed by rubbing lightly between sheets of fine sandpaper one second or less. Plant in early spring—germinates best in cool soil. Three-year-old roots used in soups as a medicinal food. One packet will plant 12 sq ft when using 12" spacing in the bed. (Select Cultural Info/Seed Codes in red top bar for more details about codes below) EA CULTURE: P zones 5-10/Spacing 12" SEEDS PER PACKET: 20 SOURCE CODE: C APPROX GERM DAYS: 10-14 PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8" WHEN TO PLANT: spring PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Astagalus membranaceus. Prefers full sun, average soil, good drainage or even dryish soil. Best to scarify before sowing (nick each seed carefully with a sharp blade or rub the seeds gently with sandpaper to make the coat more penetrable by water). Germinates best in cool soil; can be direct seeded or started in flats; does not like to be too wet.
  • Atomic Red Carrot

    Atomic Red Carrot

    GB Cultural info: ALL/Matures 9-11/Harvest 4+/Yield 100-400+/Spacing 3" or broadcast/ DAYS TO MAT: 99-109 days SEEDS PER PACKET: 150 SOURCE CODE: GB APPROX GERM DAYS: 6-21 PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4-1/2" WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring, Summer and Fall PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Sow seed 3" apart or broadcast carefully in deep, well prepared bed for long, well shaped roots. Avoid excess nitrogen which causes hairy, forked roots. Cover the seed lightly with soil. Do not allow the soil to dry out or crust (in soils that crust easily - try incorporating sand in the garden bed). Germination can be slow; presoaking in warm water can help. Description: Unique new color in carrots, and full of anti-oxidants. Pair it with your other favorites for a rich new look in vegetables, especially welcome in the spring when other red vegetables aren't ripe yet.
  • Ayurvedic Herb Collection

    Ayurvedic Herb Collection

    SECTION: Seed Collections, These are herbs that have been used for centuries in India for healing and maintaining well-being. One pkt each of Fenugreek, Ashwagandha, Purslane, Holy Basil, Black Cumin, Visnaga, and Andrographis. 7pkts.
  • Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)

    Aztec Spinach (Huauzontle)

    Latin name: Chenopodium nuttalliae GB Cultural info: WW,HW / Matures 10 / Spacing 12 / Seed code: O Seeds per pkt: 200 Description: Huauzontle. A relative of quinoa and spinach--more or less midway between the two in size, shape and use. Sprouts quickly for use as red baby leaves for salad mix. Harvest the tops as seedheads begin to appear and cook like broccoli with a completely different flavor. Photo: Bill Bruneau, Willits CA
  • Baby Blue Eyes

    Baby Blue Eyes

    SECTION: Flowers, Baby-Blue-Eyes Nemophila mentziesii The gorgeous sky blue of forget-me-nots, but with flowers five to ten times as big, no mildew problems, and flowers the first year fom seed. Quick spring bloomer, very easy to grow; just scatter seed in place if desired, or start in flats for transplanting to vegetable beds, hanging baskets, pots. Low-growing plants make a spectacular carpet under tall shrubs, around bulbs, cascading down walls. Shear back for rebloom, or interplant with a heat-lover for later (like marigolds). Great results with little effort. EA CULTURE: A / Height 6” / Spacing 6” SEEDS PER PACKET: 500 SOURCE CODE: C
  • Balloon Flower

    Balloon Flower

    SECTION: Herbs, Balloon Flower, Platycodon grandiflorus It's hard to know where to put this in the catalog--a staple of flower borders, an important Chinese herb and a medicinal food, all in one. Used in teas and syrups for coughs, soups and salads as a medicinal food. Easy to grow perennial;looks like a bluebell. 15" spacing in the bed. (Select Cultural Info/Seed Codes in red top bar for more details about codes below) EA CULTURE: A/?/p> SEEDS PER PACKET: 50 SOURCE CODE: C PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Photo Kurt Stueber.