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Organic Heirloom Seeds

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Mom, I found a company that carries organic heirloom seeds.  The name of the company is, ironically, Heirloom Seeds.com.  Here are the ones that would probably work the best for us:

Organic Swiss Chard

#O1015 – Fordhook Giant:  55 days.  This broad, dark green, heavily crinkled leaves make this a favorite of many.  The thick, white 2 1/2″ wide stalkgrows on plants 24″ to 28″ high.  Produces an abundant crop all season long. 

1/4 oz.  Certified Organic.  $2.00

 

 

#O1017 – Rainbow: 60 days.  This recently introduced Australian heirloom has beautiful, multi-colored leaves in shadews of orange, red, pink, white, and yellow.  Ornamental technicolor as well as mild, delilcious flavor. 

100 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.00

 

 

#O1025 – Ruby Red: 55 days.  Tender, sweet chard with delicious red stalks.  The dark green, heavily crumpled leaves grow on plants 18″ to 24″ tall.  A unique home garden variety that grows well in spring, summer or fall. 

1/4 oz.  Certified Organic.  $2.00

 Click here to see their Swiss Chard webpage >>

Organic Peppers

#O77 – California Wonder Pepper: 75 days.  Their select strain of this popular bell pepper.  This large, thick-walled, juicy, sweet pepper is the most popular variety grown in the United States today.  A delicious, four-inch pepper that starts out green when young, turning a bright red at maturity.  Delicious!

25 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O77 – California Wonder Pepper Gold: 72 days.  Similar to California Wonder Pepper, except it ripens to a bright yellow-gold color.  The beautifully-colored four-inch peppers weigh six ounces each and grow on plants that are 24″ to 30″ tall.  Wonderful in salads or in stir fry.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O7046 – Napolean Sweet: 80 days.  A good old fashioned variety that grows two feet tall, with large, mild by 8×4 inch peppers.  Nice and crunchy when green or let mature to a red color for extra sweetness.

15 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O7049 – Orange Bell: 85 days.  Crunchy and sweet, this 4×3 inch blocky pepper is excellent for stir-frys or eaten fresh.  Delightful on relish trays and salads.  Very prolific and a great choice for freezing.

15 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

Click here to see their Pepper web page >>

Tomatoes

#O137 – Besser: 75 days.  From the southern region of Germany, this old favorite dates back to the 1800’s, and is a must for any tomato lovers.  The plant produces 3/4″ diameter fruit in clusters of up to 12 very sweet cherry tomatoes.  The vigorous vines need strong cages for support.  This is the best tasting cherry tomato they recommend on their website.  Proudly introducd into the United States by Heirloom Seeds.  Indeterminate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O102 – Black From Tula: 85 days.  This rich and sweet tasting tomato provides plenty of foliage cover, while growing smoky, dark reddish black, lucious tomatoes.  Originally from the Ukraine, it makes a delicious addition to any garden.  Indeterminate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O1037 – Black Sea Man: 75 days.  This unique tomato has a rich, complex flavor as well as unusual coloring.  The beautiful, chocolate-brown skin hides the delightful red and green middle.  The 6-8 ounce potato-leafed fruits grow on short, compact vines.  Undeterminate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O1041 – Blondkopfchen: 75 days.  This German variety will produce a large crop of rich and sweet, golden-colored cherry sized tomatoes.  Resitant to cracking, the fruits grow in clusters and will continue to produce until frost.  Indeterminate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O184 – Brandywine Black: 90 days.  A purple-maroon colored cousin of the famous brandywine tomato.  The 12-16 ounce oval shaped fruits are loaded with flavor and grow on vines that have potato-leafed foliage.  A must for any tomato lover!  Indeterminate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O1039 – Cosmonaut Volkov: 72 days.  After seeing at a local tomato festival, Heirloon Seeds knew they had to learn more about them.  The juicy, red, lucious 8 – 10 ounce fruits are perfectly shaped and grow on short vines that remain healthy and vigorous when others have shut down.  Named after the Russion cosmonaut, this variety will consistently produce a bumper crop of fruits with a rich, tomato flavor,  even in areas with a shorter growing season.  Determinate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O147 – Roma: 78 days.  The standard paste tomato for making sauces and catsup.  The strong vines yield up to 200 red, pear-shaped fruit, each weighing 2 to 3 ounces with firm flesh and few seeds.  A very popular variety.  Determinate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

 

#O1045 – Trophy: 80 days.  First introduced in 1870, this heirloom variety yields plenty of medium size, 5-7 ounce red globes.  The delicious old-time taste has just a touch of sweetness, with a bit of a zing to balance.  A good slicer.  Indeterminate vines.

20 seeds.  Certified Organic.  $2.50

Click here to see their tomato web page >>

This company has a really great variety of seeds.  Most are not organic – but many, many are.  They also have gardening supplies like natural fertilizer, peat starter things, tomato cages, and lots of other things.  Let’s talk about what we’d like to order and when we want to get them started.

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Written by Tracey

September 9, 2008 at 12:54 am

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  1. You really jumped on finding the organic vegie seeds after we spoke earlier! I think here in AZ we plant our fall gardens starting the end of Sept. and maybe even into Oct. since we’ve had such a hot, hot summer. I bet the grandkids would like to do this as a project. We already have tomato cages. Oh, this will be fun. And, I need to spend time in the sun for my Vitamin D plus I can get some exercise. Sounds like a win, win situation all around for us.

    Thanks,
    Julia

    juliahall

    September 9, 2008 at 1:25 am

  2. Although important to buy organic seeds when possible, do not pass up a great variety just because it is not organic. At this point, most of the world’s agricultural genetic diversity is not available as organic. Genetic diversity is important. We want to live to the point someday where we have the diversity we have today, even more, and it is all grown organically. Until that time, let us not forget to help preserve the diversity as well as grow organically. Find a new variety of something that does well in your climate, organic or not. Grow it organically and save the seeds. Offer these seeds to a local seed exchange. If you don’t have one, organize an annual pot luck seed exchange dinner in your area. Trade your new treasures for others. Strengthen your local gene pool. You can find seed saving instructions on the website of this 20 year-old non-profit:
    http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi_904.html

    Bill McDorman

    September 9, 2008 at 7:55 am


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