These seeds have been selected to tolerate low or infrequent watering.
Plant: After last frost

Sesamum indicum

150 seeds/pack   |   110 days   |   Heirloom

In our quest to minimize our grocery bill we've become hooked on sesame. Easy to grow and vigorous, sesame loves the summer heat and grows well in most soils type with average water. This variety produces black seeds! Just as tasty as the tan with a unique look. After growing sesame once, we're sure you'll include it in your garden again and again. The plants can grow to waist high and taller with lovely white tubular flowers. It is really a stunning plant suitable for edible landscapes.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus acutifolius v

25 seeds/pack  | 80 days |  Heirloom

We have been growing tepary beans for many years and this new variety has come with high recommendations from several sources. The dry beans are a tapestry of tan/grey with blue speckles. We direct seed them three rows to a bed with seeds planted closely together. Soon they form a dense thicket of bean plants. No need to trellis. Allow the pods to dry on the plants and then using clippers cut the entire plants onto sheets. Roll your sheet up like a taco and do the bean stomp to free the seeds (See photo). Further winnowing with a fan will remove the chaff. These are very drought tolerant beans from the southwest that have a rich nutty flavor.

 

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Salvia sclarea

100 seeds/pack

Hands down, the number one attraction to this plant is the heavenly scent emitted by the lavender/white flower spikes that can reach 5-6 feet. The scent is sweet yet has a hint of citrus. The seeds have traditionally been used in eye washes and the leaves as fixatives in potpourri. This plant is a perennial and will reseed itself in the garden as well. Recently we've been selling the cut flowers at the farmer's market and customers have been going crazy for the scent!

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Cucurbita pepo

20 seeds/pack   |   50 days

This bush zucchini has all the best traits. It is early to mature, prolific, tasty and drought tolerant. The dark green zucchinis are uniform and were developed under organic conditions for organic farmers. Bred by seedsman Bill Reynolds.

$2.75

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Lactuca sativa

200 seeds/pack | 50-60 days   |   Slow Bolting!

This heat tolerant variety really impressed us. We were eating it well into July before it began to go to seed. With succulent leaves and generous red blushes we will be sure to grow Lovelock again just to eat. Looseleaf type but will form a nice head later in the season.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius

30 seeds/pack | 80 days |  Heirloom

Copious producer of small black beans with a nutty flavor. These beans are native to the arid Mitla region of Oaxaca, MX. Mitlas are quite drought tolerant, requiring little water and adapted to hot climates. Compared to other tepary beans these tend to vine and could be trellised for ease of harvest. In 2009 Kalan visited the Mitla ruins of Oaxaca known for the intricate plaster and stone patterns still visible.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Zea mays

50 seeds/pack | 75 days  |  Heirloom

From southern Mexico, this variety yields large ears on 7-10 foot drought tolerant stalks. Grind to produce your own green/blue corn flour. Traditionally used to make tortillas and tamales. The kernels are truly stunning in shades of green, yellow and blue.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius

30 seeds/pack | 70-90 days | Heirloom

These small white beans were first cultivated by the Hohokam Native American tribe. They were commercially cultivated by the Gila river near Sacaton, AZ. We found these to be prolific beyond belief and quite drought tolerant. They have a bush habit so no need to trellis. To harvest, let all the pods dry and cut the whole plant at base. Wrap all the cut plants in a sheet and do the hokey pokey! After stomping remove larger plant material by hand and winnow to remove pods and chaff.

 

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius

30 seeds/pack | 80 days | Heirloom

This drought tolerant bean produces gorgeous golden beans with a rich nutty flavor. Sow this medium vining bean thickly and allow beans to dry on the vines. Harvest all the vines onto a tarp and stomp to release the masses of beans. These are native to the Southwest and Mexico.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Pennisetum glaucum

200 seeds/pack   |   100 days   |   Heirloom

Like a giant grass, this grain grows 7-10 feet and produces multiple seed heads on each plant. The seed heads resemble a corn cob with no husk and are covered with many small blue grains. This millet is a food staple in western Africa and seems well suited for our climate region. Pearl millet is well adapted to growing areas characterized by drought, low soil fertility, and high temperatures. It performs well in soils with high salinity or low pH. Because of its tolerance to difficult growing conditions, it can be grown in areas where other cereal crops, such as maize or wheat, would not survive.

$2.75