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J. L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN, BOX 337, LA HONDA, CALIFORNIA 94020-0337 USA
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SPECIALTY VEGETABLES

ARTICHOKE
—Artichoke Green Globe. (50) VART-GR. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.00
Classic round green artichokes produced all summer. Big 4 - 5 foot tall plants with handsome, deeply-cut silvery leaves. Hardy to Zone 7. Bears a good crop the second season. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks warm.
—Artichoke Purple Italian Globe. (50) VART-PR. Packet: $3.00
Ounce: $9.00
Italian heirloom with purple artichokes that are taller and narrower than the green type, and stands more heat and cold. Bears the second season. Germinates in 1 - 3 weeks warm.

—ARUGULA. (1000) VARU-A. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
Eruca sativa. Easily grown annual with lobed leaves. The young leaves are added to salads, soups, etc. Begin harvest in 6 weeks, and they will keep producing after cutting. The younger the leaf, the milder the flavor. Best with frequent waterings. Also called Rocket Salad.

—CHIVES. (500) VCHV-C. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50

Allium schoenprasum. This perennial herb is the best-flavored and smallest member of the onion family, having slender, delicate leaves with a mild flavor. Excellent in salads, eggs, soups and for topping baked potatoes. The beautiful lavender flower heads make a colorful, tasty garnish when broken into individual florets and sprinkled on salads, in dips, and anywhere else you would use chives.
Chives will grow in any well-drained soil. Keep moist. An excellent pot plant for the kitchen window, or may be sown in rows 1 1/2 feet apart, thinned to 8" apart in the rows. Harvest leaves continuously until frost. Plants will die back over winter, and reappear in spring. Every cook needs chives. USDA Germination Standard: 50%.

COLLARDS
USDA Germination Standard: 80%.

—COLLARDS Georgia Green. (1000) VCOL-G. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $9.00

Large juicy leaves, heat, drought and cold tolerant. Stands light frost, which improves the flavor. Produces abundantly, even in poor soil.

—DILL Bouquet. (1000) VDLL-BQ. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00
The most popular' variety, blooms early with large flower umbels and leaves for pickling. Highly aromatic and easily grown annual. USDA Germination Standard: 60%.

—ESCAROLE Anjou. (100) VESC-AN. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
Big semi-heading type with thick, buttery green leaves. Crunchy, sweeter than the Italian varieties. Use inner leaves for salads, cook outer leaves like spinach. Heirloom French escarole, slow bolting and hardy. Organically grown.

—FENNEL Best Bulber. (100) VFEN-BB. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK

"The best we've grown, forms fat juicy bulbs even in hot weather and does not bolt! Its the only bulbing fennel we've actually been successful with."—Ben Kamm. One week prechill helps germination.

—FENNEL Bronze. (=Rubrum) (50) FOEN-1B. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $7.50
Foeniculum vulgare var. rubrum. Feathery reddish bronze foliage; a very pretty 'smoky' effect. To 4 feet. Hardy short-lived perennial. Chopped leaves nice in salads or sauces, seeds for seasoning.

—GARLIC CHIVES. (250) ALUM-105. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $20.00
Allium tuberosum. Flat dark green leaves with a delicious garlic flavor. Strongly aromatic, popular in Asian cooking, chopped fine like chives. Heat and cold tolerant hardy perennial to 1 1/2 feet. Good in wet climates where garlic won't grow.

—GARLIC CHIVES Alba Mor. (100) ALUM-105A. Packet: $2.50

A robust variety to 30" tall, with 20" leaves and 2 1/2" wide flower-heads. Nice garlicky flavor.

—GROUND CHERRY. (100) VGRC-GC. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $8.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available

Cherry-sized golden-orange fruits enclosed in papery husks. Luscious, sweet fruity taste, compared to apricots, tangerines, or pineapple. Makes wonderful pies, dessert sauces, and jelly. To harvest, wait till the fruits ripen and fall from the plant, gathering them from the ground. USDA Germination Standard: 50%.

MANGEL WURZEL
Beta vulgaris. A type of beet usually grown for stock and poultry feed, but used as a delicious table vegetable when young and tender. Cooked, the texture is that of tender beets, but the flavor is more potato-like, with a delightful touch of sweetness. If you find ordinary beets too strong, try this kind. The roots are globe shaped or elongated, with red or yellow skin, and white or pale yellow flesh.
Mangels can be grown in almost any soil, but a well-prepared rich loam is best for a heavy yield of the long kinds. Sow as early as ground can be worked, in rows 2 feet apart. Thin to 6" apart when seedlings have developed 4 leaves.
USDA Germination Standard: 65%.
—Mangel Wurzel Mammoth Long Red. (100) VMAN-MLR. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $18.00
Produces large thick red roots with pale yellow flesh. Leaves red veined. Very high yielding variety, excellent for table use even when mature, having almost no tough fibers. Has a succulent sweetness that lasts through a month or two of storage. Fine winter food for cattle and poultry.

OATS
—Oats Penuda Hulless. (300) VOAT-PH. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00, Pound: $34.00
Avena sativa. The grower says "Got seed 30 years ago, getting rare, the one old man grower in the U.S. died years ago. A challenge to thresh as all is done by hand, but no hull so good homestead project for the dedicated."—T. Hicks. Oats have 15% protein and grow well in cool moist conditions. Great high protein feed for chickens, horses, goats, etc. An excellent addition to the sustainable homestead. Sow in spring in the North. Save your seed and keep this old variety going!

ORACH VARIETIES:
Atriplex hortensis. Also called 'Butter Leaves' and 'Mountain Spinach'. Hardy annual succulent herbs with large, tender triangular leaves, growing 3 - 6 feet tall. Delicious as cooked greens or in salads, a good substitute for spinach during hot weather.
Cultivated since the 1500's in Europe, but little known in the U.S. Salt and heat tolerant, fast growing with ample water. Succession sow, thin to 2 feet. Also grown for ornament, making handsome cut foliage, fresh or dried.
—Orach Aurora. (50) ATRI-11A. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $9.00, Ounce: $20.00

Bright red, gold, green, pink, carmine, and deep purple foliage. Stunning in salads and for cooked greens, as well as cut floral ornament. Sure to be a good seller at farmer's markets. Organically grown.
—Orach Magenta Magic. (50) ATRI-11M. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $9.00
Deep glowing magenta-red leaves, a wonderful new color for baby salad greens. Organically-grown.
—Orach Triple Purple. (50) ATRI-11TP. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $17.00, Ounce: $28.00
Heavily crumpled, thick purple leaves. Very ornamental; new salad vegetable for the restaurant trade. Developed by Shoulder to Shoulder Farm. Organically grown.
—Orach Red. (100) ATRI-11R. Packet: $2.50
'RED ORACH'. Striking ornamental red-purple leaves and stems. Popular variety to 3 feet, growing all year except when freezing. The succulent leaves are a colorful addition to salads, or can be boiled like spinach or chard. Pretty in the flower garden.

NEW—Orach Ruby Gold. (50) ATRI-RG. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC

Leaves are gold blushed red, with magenta stems. Brilliant color from seedlings to the gold and ruby seedheads, which can be cut for dried arrangements. Organically-grown.

PARSNIP

NEW—Parsnip Turga. (250) VPAS-TR. Packet: $3.00 ORGANIC
Ounce: $12.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available

Hungarian heirloom with thick roots and smooth white skin. Crisp, sweet, and rich-flavored. Does well even in clay soil, and can be stored in the ground until the soil freezes, and cold temperatures sweeten the roots. Organically-grown.

—PURPLE GOOSEFOOT Tree Spinach. (1000) CHEN-20. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.50
1/4 Pound: $25.00
Chenopodium giganteum. Young leaves are a striking iridescent magenta-red with crystalline red powder. Long red panicles of flowers. The stem is striped red and is very strong for its light weight due to a spiral twist. Large tall annual to 6 - 8 feet. Birds are fond of the seeds, and the leaves have been used as a spinach in the Mediterranean, by South African Bantu, and here in the U.S. Tender young leaves are good in salads. Germinates best with KNO3 or GA-3.

QUINOA VARIETIES: Chenopodium Quinoa
'QUINOA'. An important high-protein (12 - 19%) grain of the Andes, with good amino acid balance and 58% starch. A staple for millions of Andeans, the development of low-elevation types is helping its spread. Seed washed in water before cooking to remove saponins which protect from pests. Hardy, easily grown annual to 4 - 6 feet, with large seedheads. The leaves, stem-tips and young flowers are excellent in salads, having a mild sweet flavor, and very succulent. Also good cooked like spinach or added to soups. Germinates in 2 weeks.
—Quinoa Brilliant Rainbow. (100) CHEN-25BR. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
Ounce: $8.00
Reselected from Rainbow for the brightest, most brilliant colors. Nice! Germinates in a week.
—Quinoa Cherry Vanilla. (400) CHEN-25CV. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
Ounce: $14.00
'QUINOA'. Seedheads a blend of colors from creamy-white to rose, a beautiful variety with very mild-flavored grain. Developed by Shoulder to Shoulder Farm.

RUTABAGA
—Rutabaga Nadmorska. (100)VRUT-ND. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED

1/4 Ounce: $5.00, Ounce: $11.00

Large oval golden-yellow roots with green tops, and a mild sweet taste. Delicious creamed or roasted. Organically grown.


SHISO
—Shiso, Green. (250) VSHI-G. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50

Perilla frutescens. 'AO SHISO', 'JI SOO'. Aromatic coleus-like herb with crinkled, delicate green leaves. Unique spicy flavor makes this an irreplaceable herb in China and Japan. The green variety is milder and preferred for all-around cooking and garnishing. Adds a wonderful flavor to tempura, tofu, etc. Tender annual, good in containers. Light aids germination, sow on the soil surface. Easily grown, standing heat, but needs constant moisture.

SORGHUM VARIETIES:
Sorghum bicolor. Corn family plant grown as an important grain in many parts of the world. The stems of some are used for making molasses or syrup, while other types are grown for making brooms or as ornamentals. Seeds cooked like rice or popped, stems chewed like sugar cane. Good fodder plant.

—Sorghum Colored Uprights. (100) VSOR-CU. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00
Compact thick seedheads in shades of gold, maroon, bronze, red, black, brown and cream. One of the finest ornamental mixes.
—Sorghum Red Broom Corn. (100) VSOR-RB. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00
Mixture of several red types, in shades from pale rose to dark burgundy. Beautiful when dried. Includes Apache Red, Tennessee Red, Hungarian Red, many of the Hadley Reds, and others.

SUNFLOWER VARIETIES:
—Sunflower Mammoth Grey Stripe. (40) VSUN-GY. Packet: $1.50 OUT OF STOCK
1/4 Pound: $6.00, Pound: $10.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK
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Heirloom giant sunflower grown since the 1800s. Huge yellow foot-wide flowers on 10 foot tall plants that make a good screen. Fat, grey-striped seeds are abundantly produced, a great food source for wild and domestic animals, birds, and humans. To save seeds, cut mature heads and hang to dry for 3 - 4 weeks. Kids love this one.

SPINACH
Spinacia oleracea. Annual plant, best grown as a cool weather crop. Sow in early spring, late summer, or fall. Seed sprouts best at cool temperatures. Space 4 - 6" apart in rows 1 1/2 feet apart. Likes a rich, very moist soil. Spinach is very rich in Vitamin A and protein.
USDA Germination Standard: 60%.
—Spinach Giant Nobel. (100) VSPI-GN. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
Very large, smooth, thick, dark green leaves on big spreading plants. Slow bolting, for late spring sowing. A fine variety, not often available.
—Spinach New Zealand Spinach. (100) VSPI-NZ. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK

Tetragonia tetragonioides. Thick, succulent triangular leaves on sprawling plants that thrive in hot weather, poor soil, and harsh conditions. Tender, delicious, and with a milder flavor and more body than regular spinach. We often find it growing on local beaches in pure sand, a wonderful wild food. Produces a continuous, abundant supply of spinach from June till frost. Pre-soak the seed overnight. USDA Germination Standard: 40%.

SQUASH
Cucurbita species. Annuals of either trailing or bushy habit. Summer varieties have tender skin and are best eaten young. Winter types have a hard rind and are harvested when mature for storage over several months.
Sow seed in late spring to early summer, in well-worked soil with plenty of manure thoroughly mixed in. Plant in hills 4 - 6 feet apart, with 6 - 8 seeds per hill. Thin to the 3 or 4 strongest plants when well established. Give full sun and plenty of water. Wet soil prevents germination.
USDA Germination Standard: 75%.

Summer Squash Varieties:
Tender, thin-skinned squashes that are eaten when young. Very good raw in salads, steamed or fried. Good for stuffing when a little larger, but if left too long will become tough and bland.
—Squash Cucuzzi Caravazzi. (10) VSQU-CC. Packet: $2.50
An Italian favorite, the long pale green fruits can reach 6 feet, but are best when 2" thick and a foot long. Breaded, stuffed, or boiled like zucchini, Cucuzzi has a unique flavor that some prefer to any other squash. Actually an edible gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), the vines are extremely prolific and vigorous growers. Good trellised or grown on a fence.

NEW—Squash Blanco Lungo Cylindrico. (25) VSQU-BL. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 pound: $10.00
Italian zucchini-like summer squash with fruits that are white or the palest green. Tender and mild flavor, best harvested when 8" long or less. Bushy compact plants, good for small gardens.

NEW—Squash Delicata Honeyboat. (25) VSQU-DH. Packet: $3.00 ORGANIC
Ounce: $10.00
Well known for its sweet rich flavor. Oblong fruits have a coppery-buff skin with green stripes, to 6 - 8" long. Stores well. Bred by James Baggett at Oregon State University. Organic.
—Squash Zucchini Dark Green. (25) VSQU-Z. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00

Cucurbita pepo. Smooth straight dark green fruits, with pale tender flesh. One of the best flavored zucchinis. Bushy, vigorous plants, early and prolific. Best harvested when 6" long or less.
—Squash Gold Zucchini. (20) VSQU-GZ. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $11.00

Cucurbita pepo. Sleek long golden yellow zucchini, on a bushy compact plant. Crisp and mild, a nice combination with green zucchini for farmer's markets.
—Squash Yellow Bush Scallop. (25) VSQU-YS. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $12.00

Cucurbita pepo. Flattened golden-yellow scalloped patty-pan squash. Vigorous and prolific.

Winter Squash Varieties:
Called 'winter squash' because they are grown to full maturity and stored over winter. Hard rinded, with orange or yellow flesh. Very good boiled or baked, stuffed or dried. The seeds are high in protein and oil, and are delicious salted and roasted.
Fruit should be left until the vines are brown and withered, but should be harvested before frost or they will not store well. Optimum is when the stem is drying and the squash is well-matured, the rind hard and not easily broken with the thumbnail. Cut with an inch or so of stem, and cure for 10 days in the field, or indoors in a cool place if frost is likely. Undamaged, they will keep for several months if stored in a cool dry place. Dampness is bad.
—Squash Amish Pie. (10) VSQU-AP. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $10.00

Cucurbita pepo. Large pale-orange squash are oval and slightly pointed, weighing up to 80 pounds. One of the finest varieties for pies, canning or freezing, with very thick, firm flesh. Heirloom from an Amish gardener in Maryland.
—Squash Black Futsu. (50) VSQU-BF. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $8.00, 100 grams: $20.00

Cucurbita moschata. Unique heirloom from Japan, with blocky, 3 - 5 pound squash with ribs and wrinkles. Black-green skin ripens orange-brown. Firm gold flesh with distinct rich flavor.
—Squash Blue Hubbard. (25) VSQU-BH. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00

Cucurbita maxima. 110 days. Large fruits of true Hubbard shape, round in the middle, tapering at both ends. Skin a handsome, dusky blue-green color, warted and slightly ribbed. Thick, deep orange, fine-grained flesh. Exceptional sweet flavor. Fruits weigh 15 - 30 pounds. Stores perfectly for months. Heavy yielder. A New England favorite, for pies, baking, etc.
—Squash Galeux d'Eysines. (20) VSQU-GX. Packet: $3.00
Ounce: $9.00

Cucurbita maxima. Also called 'Peanut Pumpkin' because of the rough corky pebbles that appear over the smooth, rosy-tan skin. Unusual handsome 10 - 20 pound fruits, best harvested before the pebbles completely cover the pumpkins. Thick, sweet, moist orange flesh, wonderful for baking, frying, or soups. A best seller at farmer's markets.
—Squash Golden Delicious. (20) VSQU-GD. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4/Pound: $9.00

Cucurbita pepo. Brilliant orange-red skin and fine-grained sweet orange flesh. Reaches 7 - 14 pounds. Introduced by Gills Bros. seed company in 1926, great for canning and baking. Said to have been promoted for baby food. Stores well. Sprawling vines need room.
—Squash Guatemalan Blue. (20) VSQU-GB. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $20.00

Cucurbita maxima. Handsome banana type squash, oval slate-blue with lighter stripes, and thick golden flesh. Flavorful and one of the best table varieties, to 5 pounds. Stores well.
—Squash Honeynut. (20) VSQU-HON. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $18.00

Cucurbita moschata. Sweet and flavorful baby butternut type, with classic tan skin and butternut shape, but only 5 - 7" long. Each one is an individual serving.
—Squash Lakota. (25) VSQU-LK. Packet: $2.50
25 grams: $6.00, 100 grams: $20.00

C. maxima. Beautiful medium-sized squash, pear-shaped to oval, with rind mottled red-orange and dark green, some all orange or all green. Flesh deep yellow, sweet and nutty flavor with no strings. Good keeper. Excellent for both eating and decoration. Probably not grown by the Lakota, but a recreation of a Native American type, introduced by Burpee in the early 1900s. In either case, pretty and tasty.
—Squash Lunga di Napoli. (20) VSQU-LDN. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $16.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available

Cucurbita moschata. Large Winter squash with a long neck and rounded end. Dark green striped skin, vivid orange flesh, mild sweet flavor. Heirloom from southern Italy, where it is used in giambotta, a classic soup, along with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, plums, and pears. Also fried, mixed with oil, vinegar, mint, garlic, and sugar, and eaten cold.
—Squash Sibley. (25) VSQU-SB. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $20.00

Cucurbita maxima. Slate-blue teardrop-shaped squash to 8 - 10 pounds. Sweet orange flesh becomes drier and more flavorful during winter storage. Very hard skin, making it an excellent keeper. Also called 'Pike's Peak', it may be an old Indian variety, but was introduced by Sibley and Co. in New York in 1887. "I just have to tell you how pleased I am with the "Sibley" squash I grew from your seed last season. The three last-harvested squash lasted eight (yes 8!) months with no special storage treatment except to close the heater vent on a bedroom door. It is mid-May and we are eating delicious squash soup. What a treat! Thanks!"—Bev W., Canada, 2011.
—Squash Sweet Keeper. (20) VSQU-SWK. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $9.00, 1/4 Pound: $20.00 NEW PRICE

Cucurbita maxima. Round flattened squash to 5 - 10 pounds, lightly ribbed, with powder-blue skin and orange flesh. Known for its excellent storage ability. Delicious any way you enjoy winter squash, especially nice for pies and baked goods.
—Squash Tahitian Butternut. (40) VSQU-TH. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $7.50, 1/4 Pound: $20.00

Cucurbita moschata. Magnificent, enormous butternut type, with an extremely long seedless neck. Tan skin and deep orange flesh—one of the sweetest, best tasting winter squash. High sugar content makes these delicious for baking. From 8 - 40 pounds. Gets sweeter with storage.
—Squash Vegetable Spaghetti. (25) VSQU-SP. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00

Oval, yellow-skinned 5 - 7 pound squash. Originally from Japan, but prized in the U.S. as a low-carb substitute for spaghetti. Bake mature squash till tender, then use a fork to shred the flesh into 'spaghetti', and serve with your favorite sauce.

SUNFLOWER: See Specialty Vegetables

SWISS CHARD
Beta vulgaris var. cicla. The leaves and stems of Swiss Chard are eaten like spinach, though the flavor is milder and the whole plant more robust. Will continue to produce until frost if the outer leaves are kept harvested and flower stalks are plucked. In mild climates, chard will give for 2 or 3 years or more, though the quality diminishes.
Sow seed as early as ground can be worked, in any good garden soil. Plant 1/2" deep in rows 18" apart, and thin to 8" apart when plants are well up. Harvest by cutting outer leaves at base of stem. Chard makes good poultry fodder.
USDA Germination Standard: 65%.
—Swiss Chard Four Star. (100) VSWI-FS. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00
Mix of colorful stems in bright pink, orange, red, and yellow. Deep green crumpled leaves. Vivid color—excellent in baby salad greens.
—Swiss Chard Lucullus. (100) VSWI-LU. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
60 days. Large, light green, crumpled leaves with broad, thick, white midribs. Fine mild flavor. Very heat tolerant and productive.
—Swiss Chard Oriole. (250) VSWI-OR. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00
Medium-green savoyed leaves with deep orange stems and a mild flavor. Good in baby salad mixes.

NEW—Swiss Chard Rainbow. (250) VSWI-RA. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 pound: $12.00
Dark green rumpled leaves with colorful stems in red, gold, orange, white, pink, purple, and some striped pink and white. Nice for baby salad greens. One of the most colorful Swiss chard mixes.
—Swiss Chard Rhubarb Chard. (100) VSWI-R. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $6.00
A lovely type with deep red stems and veins, contrasting with dark green crumpled leaves. May winter over in mild climates. Very pretty, can be harvested from summer to frost.

"I took my spade and went and broke the ground upon George-hill in Surrey, thereby declaring freedome to the Creation, and that the earth must be set free from the intanglements of Lords and Landlords, and that it shall become a common Treasury to all."
—Winstanley, founder of the Diggers, 1649.

TOMATO
Lycopersicon esculentum. Tender perennial plants from South America, tomatoes have become one of the most popular garden vegetables. Tomatoes are eaten raw or cooked, in soups, stews, sauces and catsup. They are delicious stuffed, and can be fried or pickled when green. Dried tomatoes are an excellent and flavorful way of preserving a bumper crop; in jars of olive oil, they command high prices at the delicatessen. Delightful with a sprig of fresh basil.
Seed is best started early indoors, about 6 weeks before the last frost. Sow in a rich, light soil, and transplant to another flat when 3" tall, spacing 4" apart. When all danger of frost has passed and ground has warmed, set plants out into a well-manured, deeply dug soil, spacing 3 - 5 feet apart.
Determinant varieties stop growing and bearing fruit when they reach a certain size. They are more compact, good where space is a consideration, and they will ripen fruit all at one time, which can be an advantage if you are canning or preserving.
Indeterminate varieties continue to grow and bear fruit until frost kills the plant. They grow into large plants that set fruit over the entire season for an ongoing harvest. Cage, trellis or stake them.
USDA Germination Standard: 75%.
—Tomato Amish Paste. (50) VTOM-AP. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Oval red tomatoes weighing up to 8 ounces, with thick, meaty flesh. Outstanding sweet flavor, one of the best sauce tomatoes. An Amish heirloom from Wisconsin, producing abundantly even under harsh, adverse conditions.
—Tomato Aunt Ruby's German Green. (50) VTOM-AR. Packet: $2.50
Gram: $6.00, 10 grams: $18.00
Large beefsteak-type tomatoes are a lovely pale green, sweet and juicy, with great flavor. Heirloom from Ruby Arnold of Greenville, Tennessee. Indeterminate.

NEW—Tomato Berkeley Tie Dye. (100) VTOM-BER. Packet: $2.50
1/4 ounce: $12.00, Ounce: $30.00

Large deep pink fruits with silvery-green stripes outside, and inside striped pink, yellow, and green. Outstanding flavor, sweet, tart, rich, and full-bodied. People love it for both the appearance and taste. Indeterminate.
—Tomato Black From Tula. (25) VTOM-BT. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $13.00
Russian heirloom with rosy-purple irregularly-shaped fruits, said by some to be the "ugliest and most delicious" tomato ever grown (vying with the Purple Calabash for this). Rich flavor, sweet and tart. Small plants produce large tomatoes. Brought into circulation by the Seed Saver's Exchange.
—Tomato Black Krim. (50) VTOM-BK. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $10.00
Russian variety with round 8 - 12 ounce, purple-red tomatoes with green-black shoulders, turning nearly full black in hot sun. Delicate skin and rich flavor make this one top-rated in taste tests. Originally from Krim Island in the Black Sea. Indeterminate.
—Tomato Black Truffle. (200) VTOM-BTF. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $12.00
Pear-shaped burgundy-black 6 - 8 ounce fruit. High in sugar and acid for an intense, complex, full-bodied flavor. Good for slicing and eating sprinkled with chopped basil and olive oil. Indeterminate.

—Tomato Black Zebra. (50) VTOM-BKZ. Packet: $3.00
1/4 Ounce: $16.00

Round cherry tomatoes, rich red/chestnut-brown with green streaks. Amazing flavor, described as complex, smoky, and sweet. Bred by Jeff Dawson, a cross between a black variety and Green Zebra.
—Tomato Brandywine. (50) VTOM-BY. Packet: $2.50
This is the original variety with large pink beefsteak tomatoes, famous for its rich, intense, full-bodied flavor. Amish heirloom from 1885, later obtained and maintained by Ben Quisenberry and the Seed Saver's Exchange. Potato-leaf type, indeterminate.
—Tomato Cherokee Purple. (50) VTOM-CP. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Unusual dusky rose-purple fruits with superb flavor, sweet and juicy, reaching 12 ounces. One of the top favorite heirlooms, very productive on rather short, indeterminate vines. Thanks to Kent Whealey and the SSE for this one—their original source said it was from the Cherokee people, over 100 years old.
—Tomato Chocolate Stripes. (100) VTOM-CHS. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $14.00
Handsome medium to large tomatoes, deep red-brown with dark green stripes. Rich, complex flavor. Excellent for sandwiches and salads. Indeterminate.
—Tomato Druzba. (50) VTOM-DZ. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $9.00
Bulgarian heirloom with large, red, slightly flattened tomatoes with a fantastic sweet-tart flavor. Heavy producer over a long season. The name means "friendship".

—Tomato Early Wonder. (75) VTOM-EW. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $9.00

Introduced by Burgess Seed Co. in 1950, compact plants produce an abundant early crop of round, deep pink, medium-sized fruits with excellent tomato flavor. Perfect for container growing and short-season areas. Organic.
—Tomato Fireworks. (100) VTOM-FR. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $14.00, Ounce: $30.00
Developed as an early large-size tomato, with smooth, bright red 6 - 8 ounce fruits. Heavy yields. Good for coastal and short-season areas. Short, compact, determinate plants.
—Tomato Giant Belgian Pink. (25) VTOM-GB. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $13.00, Ounce: $25.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
Huge dark pink tomatoes, usually over 1 pound, sometimes up to 5 pounds. Excellent sweet flavor, solid and meaty. It's said that the flavor is so good that people used to make wine from them.

NEW—Tomato Hartman's Yellow Gooseberry. (100) VTOM-HYG. Packet: $3.00 ORGANIC
Bright lemon-yellow cherry tomatoes growing in long clusters. Small to medium-size, with delicious sweet, mild flavor. Grown since the 1800s. Indeterminate. Organic.
—Tomato House Tomato. (50) VTOM-HS. Packet: $3.00
Gram: $7.50, 5 grams: $30.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available
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The most unusual tomato we have grown, with small red cherry tomatoes produced on very compact plants. Early and perfect for containers and short-season areas. Very tasty flavor. It came to us from Curtis Androsoff, who says: "The House Tomato are heritage seed. I have two plants that are 12 years old, producing good fruit. I cut them down for new growth each year. If you leave them, some plants grow too high in the house over winter. New growth produces more fruit. First seeds came to Canada in 1893 with my grandmother from Tbilisi Russia on an old sail ship. My people settled in Saskatchewan." The plants are high-yielding and are grown outdoors in summer, and brought in by a sunny window in winter. Here they formed dwarf compact plants less than a foot tall grown outdoors, with thick, succulent, blue-green leaves.
—Tomato Matt's Wild Cherry. (75) VTOM-MWC. Packet: $3.00
1/4 Ounce: $22.00

Originally collected in the wild in eastern México. Vigorous sprawling plants produce hundreds of small deep red tomatoes. Very sweet rich flavor. Kids love eating them right from the vine.

—Tomato New Big Dwarf. (50) VTOM-NBG. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $9.00

A cross between Ponderosa and Dwarf Champion by S.M. Isbell Co. in 1909, this unusual variety has large pink fruit (up to a pound), on a compact plant to 2 - 4 feet. Sweet, tart, complex—excellent flavor in a pink tomato. Sturdy, bushy plants, good in containers.
—Tomato Oaxacan Jewel. (50) VTOM-OX. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $8.00, 25 grams: $25.00
Large late season tomato from southern México, deep orange-yellow with red marbling. Sweet and fruity flavor. Can reach 1 pound.

NEW—Tomato Powers Heirloom. (100) VTOM-PH. Packet: $3.50
1/4 ounce: $20.00

Bright yellow oval to pear-shaped fruits. Medium-sized, meaty, juicy, and sweet. An excellent paste tomato, but delicious fresh, or in sauces and salsas. Heavy yields. First known in Virginia over 100 years ago. Indeterminate.
—Tomato Purple Calabash. (25) VTOM-PC. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $9.00, Ounce: $30.00
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Our favorite heirloom tomato, with unusual rosy-purple ruffled fruits, blushed bronze or chocolate-brown when ripe. Intense flavor. Very prolific, drought-tolerant plants; the only tomato in our trials that produced abundantly under the severely hot and dry conditions we had in 1988. A very old type; the fruits resemble tomatoes pictured in 16th century herbals. Very productive. Indeterminate.
"Well, I must say that this is certainly the ugliest tomato I have ever seen in my life... On the other hand, there's the taste... the TASTE! Now I know where all of the flavor bred out of the commercial F-1 hybrids has fled to! These ugly little tomatoes are the tastiest I have ever encountered... they're wonderful raw (one friend says that they taste as if grown in wine). Fabulous simmered briefly with chopped vegetables and served on pasta, and would probably make the best tomato sauce and stewed tomatoes in the world."—D.P., California.
"These are FABULOUS—won 1st place in neighborhood in a blindfolded taste test against 4 other varieties! Strong and productive in our Texas heat."—N.D.M., Boerne, Texas, 2/97.

—Tomato Raspberry Lyanna. (50) VTOM-RSL. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $15.00

Medium-sized raspberry pink fruits, with full rich flavor. Heavy yields, great for canning or fresh. Originally from Russia, does well in cool coastal areas. Semi-determinate. Organically grown.
—Tomato Sub-Arctic Plenty. (150) VTOM-SBA. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $7.00, Ounce: $20.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available

Very early large red cherry tomatoes, in 6 - 8 weeks from transplanting. Developed by Beaver Lodge Research Station, Alberta Canada. Super cold-set ability, produces abundantly anywhere. Good tart flavor, great in containers. Determinate, so fruit ripens all at once, but can give two harvests, one in summer and again in fall. If you have cool nights or a short season, try this one.

—Tomato Ukrainian Purple. (100) VTOM-UK. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $9.00

Smooth plum-shaped purple-red fruit to about 6 ounces. Meaty and full-flavored, with a sweet-tart taste. Also called Purple Russian.

—Tomato Vintage Wine. (100) VTOM-VNW. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $12.00
Unusual deep pink tomatoes with gold stripes, medium to large size, thick and meaty. Good sweet flavor, great for sandwiches or pizza. Bred from one of Tom Wagner's Brandy Stripe lines, introduced in 1988 by K. Sahin in the Netherlands. Potato-leaf type, indeterminate. Does best with a long hot season.
—Tomato Voyage. (100) VTOM-VY. Packet: $2.50
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One of the strangest tomatoes you can find-some fruits are flat and ruffled, to 3" across, but others form large clusters of 10 or more cherry-size tomatoes joined together into a Siamese-twin-like bunch.
—Tomato Watermelon Beefsteak. (25) VTOM-WB. Packet: $2.50
Large meaty red tomatoes with fruits reaching 1 pound. Terrific for slicing and fresh eating.
—Tomato Zapotec Pleated. (100) VTOM-ZP. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $14.00
Also called Zapotec Ribbed, Zapotec Pink, or Enrollado, this is an old variety from the Zapotec Indians of Oaxaca, México. Large pink tomatoes are heavily ribbed, with few seeds, good for stuffing. Pleasant mild flavor. A high-altitude drought-tolerant type.

TOMATILLO
—Tomatillo Grande Rio Verde. (250) VTOM-GRV. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $10.00
Big 3 - 4 ounce apple-green fruits, turning yellow when fully ripe. Mild tart flavor, combined with fresh chiles to make salsa verde. Bushy determinate plants. Also called Mexican Husk Tomato.

—Tomatillo Purple. (200) VTOM-TPR. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $10.00

This husk tomato has deep purple fruits, a bit smaller and sweeter than the green type. Great for making salsa.

"I strongly oppose the expropriation of genetic resources by individuals, corporations or governments for their private control and profit."—
J.L. Hudson.

TURNIP
Brassica rapa. A sweet-flavored root vegetable, turnips can be pulled young and eaten raw like radishes. Mature roots are excellent sliced raw and salted, cooked in stews, or mashed along with potatoes, or on their own. Roots store well in a cool, dry place. The tops are cooked for tasty, vitamin-rich greens.
Best as a cool weather crop. Sow seed in early spring or fall in a rich soil. Plant 1" deep in rows 18" apart, and thin to 4 - 5" apart in the row.
USDA Germination Standard: 80%.
—Turnip Seven Top. (1000) VTUP-ST. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
The best variety for greens. Harvest whole plant when young and tender. Boil with salt to taste. I sowed some in April, and they gave greens constantly throughout a very hot dry summer. After hot spells they got a rich, strong flavor (the way I like them), but after the cool fall rains came, they turned sweet and mild again. Cut with scissors, they give again. A real workhorse food producer. My favorite.
—Turnip White Egg. (1000) VTUP-WE. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
Fast growing, with small, oval, pure white roots. Firm, fine-grained, tender, sweet and mild. Top of root grows above ground, with a green tint. A favorite in the South. About 50 days.
—Turnip Yellow Globe. (=Turnip Amber Globe) (1000) VTUP-YG. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
Smooth yellow round turnips. Sweet and fine-grained, with excellent flavor. About 75 days.

FRIED TURNIPS—Virgil Russell.
"My own recipe. Peel and slice (1/4") three or four medium turnips. Lightly salt and set aside (the salt brings out the juice). Chop and sauté one clove garlic in bacon drippings, cooking oil or whatever. When soft, remove garlic from pan. Bread turnip slices with Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. Fry, one layer at a time, until golden brown on each side. (You will wish that you had fried more!)"

WATERMELONS
Citrullus vulgaris. Annual tropical vine from Africa bearing melons with sweet, crisp, juicy flesh. The seeds are high in oil and are very nutritious, and can be eaten whole after roasting and salting.
Sow when ground has warmed in hills about 8 feet apart, planting 6 - 10 seeds per hill. When plants are well up, thin to the strongest 3 plants in each hill. Watermelons like a light, sandy, well-manured soil, plenty of moisture, and full sun. Wet soil prevents germination.
USDA Germination Standard: 70%.
—Watermelon Black Diamond. (20) VWAT-BLD. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $5.00

The classic watermelon, deep green-black skin, brilliant red flesh. Crisp, sweet, and juicy. Huge melons, up to 50 pounds. The king of summertime.
—Watermelon Cream of Saskatchewan. (25) VWAT-CS. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $8.00
Small round melons to 4 - 10 pounds, with light green skin with dark green stripes. Flesh is creamy white, with a wonderful flavor. Does well in cool climates, brought to Canada by Russian immigrants. Has a thin rind, so can't be shipped—great for home gardens and farmer's markets.

NEW—Early Yellow Moonbeam. (25) VWAT-EYM. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
Ounce: $12.00 BULK OUT OF STOCK - packets are available

Wonderful small melons developed by Alan Kapuler. Melons are 3 - 8 pounds, with a thin striped rind and pale yellow, sweet, crisp flesh. Not a shipping melon because of the thin rind, but a superb home garden type. Does well in northern areas. Organic.
—Watermelon Golden Midget. (30) VWAT-GM. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $5.00
Unique beautiful little 3 pound melons, turning deep golden yellow when ripe. Striking dark pink flesh, sweet and flavorful. Developed by Elwyn Meader at the University of New Hampshire in 1959. Matures in about 70 days from transplanting, good in short-season areas.
—Watermelon Sugar Baby. (50) VWAT-SB. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00
Small round 7 - 8 pound melons with green-black rind and crisp, sweet, crimson flesh. A home garden favorite for decades. Good in short-season areas where larger melons won't mature.
—Watermelon Tendersweet Orange. (30) VWAT-TS. Packet: $2.00
Ounce: $5.00
Intense deep orange flesh, sweet and crisp. Big oblong melons to 20 - 30 pounds, light green with dark stripes. White seeds. Incredible color and flavor.

"If you're going to get old, you might as well get as old as you can get."
—Wallace Stegner.


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