These varieties top our list for gardening with children. They are easy to plant, tasty and fun to watch grow!
Plant: After last frost

Amaranthus gangeticus

200 seeds/pack   |   90-100 days   |   Heirloom

This amaranth variety will add a little Dr. Seuss to your garden. The large red seed heads are reminiscent of an elephant trunk and filled with thousands of red seeds. Thanks to Uncle Jeff for passing along this great variety to us!

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Helianthus annus

50 seeds/pack | 80 days | Heirloom

Our largest variety of sunflower grows to 12 feet and each head can be up to 2 feet across. Great variety to grow for a plentiful seed harvest, if you can get there before the birds! Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of protein. Easy to grow and they attract butterflies. A very heat- and drought-resistant variety.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Vignum unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis

30 seeds/pack  | 70-90 days | Heirloom

Add color to your diet with these red yard-long beans. Vigorous climbers and fast to germinate. Fantastic bean for steaming, stir-fry and fresh eating. Our New Zealand relations grew this bean last year in a greenhouse and it really performed in their cool summer climate.

$2.75

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Lactuca sativa

200 seeds/pack   |   50-60 days   |   Heirloom

Long narrow leaves to 18 inches. This lettuce is great for salad or try it lightly steamed with tamari. I've also added it to stir-fry and curry at the last minute: delicious. As the plant bolts with the summer heat try a real delicacy; cut up the stems into inch long pieces and stir-fry or add to soups. They have a nutty flavor that will surprise you! Sow spring and fall. 

$2.75

Plant: After last frost Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Calendula officinalis

50 seeds/pack

Used traditionally to promote tissue health and regrowth. Soothing for cuts, scrapes and sore throats. Also a beneficial and edible companion plant in the garden. Plant year round in mild climates. Annual.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Lycopersicon esculentum

50 seeds/pack | 78 days

Prolific 1-inch fruits borne on vigorous indeterminate vines. These are among the very best cherry tomatoes we’ve ever tasted. Sweet and plentiful. Another original from Peace Seeds, de-hybridized from Sweet 100. High in vitamin C. These tomatoes get their name from a high content of gamma-amino butyric acid, which acts as a calming effect on the body. Indeterminate.

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Sorghum bicolor

100 seeds/pack   |   100-120 days   |   Heirloom

At 10-12 feet, this crop is an impressive visual in any garden. Grown for the seeds. Yes! They pop! This variety originates from our southern neighbors, the Tarahumara people of Mexico. However, popping sorghum is also found ubiquitously in western Africa according to one ‘old’ Peace Corps volunteer we know. 

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Cucumis melo

25 seeds/pack

Very sweet 2 lb fruits with green flesh. Known as 'green machine' for the amazing number of fruits produced on these compact vines. Fruits slip from vines when ripe. Bred in 1998 by Merlyn Niedens, this is a cross between ‘Jenny Lind’ and ‘Kansas.’ The name Ice Cream comes from the perfect bowl the melon makes when you remove the seeds. Perfect for a scoop of ice cream, that is!

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Cucumis melo

25 seeds/pack    |   90-95 days   |   Heirloom

Just as Chico boasts a Bidwell Park, Bidwell Mansion and Bidwell Perk, the city can also claim the Bidwell Casaba. Using USDA seed stock from 1869, US Senator, John Bidwell, saved and improved this heavenly melon for years in Chico, CA. The fruits are huge at 9 x 14 inch and weighing 15 lbs. This is the sweetest melon we have ever tasted! 

$2.75

Plant: After last frost

Lycopersicon esculentum

50 seeds/pack | 70 days

Dusky red 1 inch tomatoes with blackish coloring and flavor reminiscent of the larger black tomatoes.  As we walked the garden this summer with our two year old we nicknamed these 'chocolate' tomatoes and she loved them! My mother-in-law in New Zealand recommended them to us and they were well worth the garden space. Vigorous vines produce loads of these treats all summer until the first frost.

 

$2.75