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

Helianthus annus

50 seeds/pack | 80 days | Heirloom

At 3-5 ft. tall these large single headed sunflowers stand the height of a child on sturdy stalks. Selected by Montana Survival Seeds from the dwarf variety Sunspot . These make a great addition to a child's garden and attract pollinators.

$3.25

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! 

$3.25

Plant: After last frost

Citrullus lanatus

25 seeds/pack   |   85-90 days  

These red-fleshed melons set the standard for sweetness, market readiness and disease resistance. Developed in 1964 at Kansas State University, it resists both fusarium wilt and anthracnose. Many thanks to all our watermelon-loving friends who helped us save this seed!

$3.25

Plant: After last frost

Sorghum bicolor

100 seeds/pack   |   100-120 days   |   Heirloom

Native to Africa, sorghum soon became an important food crop to cultures around the world. This particular variety has been grown for the past 200 years by the Tarahumara people who's homelands include the highlands of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. At 10-12 feet, this crop is an impressive visual in any garden. The white seeds can be popped or ground for flour and the stalks can be used for forage. 

$3.25

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!

$3.25

Plant: After last frost

Citrullus lanatus

25 seeds/pack   |   85-90 days  

Heirloom melon with yellow/orange flesh and pale green rind. Large fruited variety from 10-30 lbs average. Very flavorful and juicy; just what you want a watermelon to be. Large seeds plentiful but easy to discard. This variety is known for being heat resistant and somewhat drought tolerant. We found they needed regular water but did resist sunburning due to the pale skin. 

$3.25

Plant: After last frost Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Calendula officinalis

50 seeds/pack

With light yellow to almost white blossoms and tall stems this variety stands out as a cut flower. 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.

$3.25

Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus vulgaris

30 seeds/pack | 50 days | Heirloom

The best green snap bean we have trialed to date. Prolific producer despite the summer heat. Will also perform well in cool coastal and mountain climates. Very early compact bushes yield stringless green beans. 5 ½ inches long; perfect for canning and freezing. Purple-seeded. USDA variety 1965.

$3.25

Plant: After last frost

Phaseolus vulgaris

25 seeds/pack   | 60-90 days   | Heirloom

These beans grow up to 8 inches and are green with purple streaks. We find them to be delicious raw or lightly steamed; they are always a best-seller at farmer’s markets. The vines will grow to 10 feet with a sturdy trellis. The name comes from the mottled markings on the tan and brown seeds

$3.25

Plant: Early Spring or Fall

Pisum sativum

25 seeds/pack   |   60 days

Sugar snap peas set a standard for sweetness.  These fat podded peas reach their peak of sweetness when the pods seem to be bursting with the peas inside. The vines will climb 5-7 feet and produce white flowers. Eat fresh, cooked or freeze these sweet treats. Our winter garden is full of these this year as they have readily reseeded themselves from spring!

$3.25