01. The Essential 25 Varieties

$160.00

25 of our most popular seed varieties to give an excellent start to any garden. With enough seed for 250 of our generous individual serving ‘packets’ at an average of $0.64 each, this is the perfect size for a community garden, a neighborhood co-op, a seed swap, or even just to prepare ten amazing food-resilient gifts.

The ESSENTIAL Bundle Includes:

  • 25 varieties of seed (listed below*)
  • One (1) copy of Basic Seed Saving
SKU: 1-GASIB Category:

Arugula; Rocket

Eruca vesicaria. Favored by gourmets. Featured in fine restaurants. Bushy, 1-2' plant. Wonderful, peppery, distinct flavor. Cold-tolerant. Easy to grow.

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Beet; Early Wonder

Beta vulgaris. Produces an abundance of delicious young greens suitable for spring salads and round, exceptionally sweet, 3-4’’ tubers.

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Broccoli; Waltham 29

Brassica oleracea v. italica. Delicious, dependable, variety. Short 20" plants produce medium-large heads and lots of side shoots.

Companion plants include dill, chamomile, sage, peppermint, beets and onions.

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Carrot; Scarlet Nantes

Daucus carota subsp. sativus. A timeless heirloom favorite. Bright-orange, very sweet, slightly tapered, 6-7” roots with characteristic Nantes rounded tip. A good keeper. Excellent for juice. Weed continuously.

Companion plants include: peas, lettuce, onions, garlic, tomatoes.

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Cucumber; Marketmore 76

Cucumis sativus. Consistently produces, through hot and cool weather, 8-9", slicing cucumbers! Disease resistant.

Companion plants include sunflowers, corn, peas, beans and radishes. Dislikes aromatic herbs and potatoes.

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Eggplant; Florida Highbush

Solanum melongena. A true heirloom from early 20th century Florida. Upright plants with large dark purple fruits high off the ground. Drought and disease resistant.

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Kale; Red Russian

Brassica napus v. pabularia. Dark green oak leaf cut leaves. Richer in vitamins and minerals than many other greens. Red and purple hues intensify after fall frosts, give way to tender and sweet rich dark green kale when cooked, also good raw. Very disease resistant.

Companion plants include dill, chamomile, sage, peppermint, beets and onions.

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Lettuce; Black Seeded Simpson

Lactuca sativa. Loosefleaf. Sets the standard by which to measure all looseleafs. Large, light-green, broad, frilled leaves with exceptionally crisp, fresh flavor.

Companion plants include carrots and radishes.

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Lettuce; Red Cimarron (Romaine)

Lactuca sativa. Romaine. Add to salads color along with the unmistakable texture of a delicious romaine. Broad, flat, crisp leaves range from dark red to bronze.

Companion plants include carrots and radishes.

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Onion; Nebuka (Evergreen Bunching)

Allium fistulosum. Perennial. Our most hardy and delicious bunching onion. Evergreen survives even the most severe winter conditions. Allow some to winter over for early spring harvest, even in the snow.

Companion plants include: beets, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, chamomile. Dislikes: peas, beans.

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Pea; Sugar Ann

Pisum sativum. Snap pea. (Edible pods, edible peas.) The earliest snap pea. Short 2’ vines need no support. Both pods and peas develop well and are exceptionally sweet. Most of ours get eaten in the garden.

Companion plants include: beans, corn, carrots, radishes and turnips.

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Pepper; Cal Wonder 300 TMR (Sweet)

Capsicum annuum. The most disease resistant strain from the famous California Wonder. Vigorous, 24-48" plants produce thick-walled, blocky 4-4" green fruits which turn red if allowed to mature fully.

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Radish; Champion

Raphanus sativus. Our favorite round, red radish. Exceptionally sweet flavor! Stays crisp even when large. Crisp, red roots avg 1.5″ in diameter. Flesh is white. Holds well in storage. 25 days.

Companion plants include: cucumbers, peas, cabbage and lettuce and nasturtiums. Dislikes hyssop.

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Spinach; Bloomsdale

Spinacia oleracea. Sweet, rich flavor and good texture have assured the popularity of this heirloom for generations. Tender, large, thick, crinkled, deep-green leaves on upright stems. To assure a season long supply, plant every 2 weeks.

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Squash; Black Beauty Zucchini (Summer)

Cucurbirta pepo. Because of its storage and shipping qualities, black zucchini has become a favorite for market gardeners. Dark-green, long, straight, cylindrical fruits on fairly heavy bush.

Companion plants include: corn, nasturtiums.

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Squash; Vegetable Spaghetti (Winter)

Cucurbirta pepo. Can be either baked or boiled to make vegetable spaghetti. Top with fresh tomatoes and Parmesan cheese. A delicious treat, especially for kids who don't like veggies!

Companion plants include: corn, nasturtiums.

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Swiss Chard; Fordhook

Beta vulgaris. Fordhook outperformed all Swiss chards in our trials. Dark-green, savoyed leaves. Enlarged white stems with crisp and delicate flavor that reminds us of a mild celery. Plant early and often.

Companion plants include: onions. Dislikes: pole beans.

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Tomato; Ace 55 (Determinate)

Solanum lycopersicum. Determinate. Heirloom. Large, deep red fruit with low acid content - one of the few tomatoes to make that claim. Crack-resistant. heavy foliage shades fruit to protect them from sunburn. This tried and true variety is resistant to verticulum wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and alternate stem canker (ASC).

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Tomato; Brandywine Blend (Indeterminate)

Solanum lycopersicum. Indeterminate. Brandywine is the heirloom tomato that launched the flavor in tomatoes movement. Balanced deep flavor with perfect hints of acid. Meaty beefsteak fruits average weighing a pound. Prefers cool early fall.

 

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Tomato; Mortgage Lifter (Indeterminate)

Solanum lycopersicum. Known as the best sandwich tomato. Few seeds. Some over 2 lbs. This is the original from M.C. "Radiator Charlie" Byles. Matures in 80 days

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Tomato; Roma (Determinate)

Solanum lycopersicum. Determinate. Heirloom. A quality paste variety with very thick flesh. A popular old favorite with good yields.

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Watermelon; Crimson Sweet

Citrullus lanatus v. lanatus. Bright red color, fewer, smaller seeds and an above average sugar content. Commonly weighs between 20 and 30 lbs. Adaptable to a large range of growing conditions. Kansas. 1963.

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Cilantro; Slo-Bolting

Coriandrum sativum. Coriander. Whispering the words "fresh cilantro" makes our mouths water! Indispensable for Chinese, Thai, and now Mexican recipes. Produces incredibly fragrant, glossy, bright green leaves. New strain selected to resist bolting. Cilantro flowers turn to Coriander seed. Grows 6-20” tall.

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Flower; Edible Flower Mix

This annual and perennial mixture is a colorful and tasty blend of edible flowers. The colorful flowers in this mix have tangy, spicy, peppery, sweet floral, licorice, or minty flavors. Most are surprisingly delicious.

Borage, Calendula, Chives, Cilantro, Cornflower, Dianthus, English Daisy, Johnny Jump-Up, Lavender Hyssop, Lemon Mint, Nasturtium and Pansy.

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Flower; Marigold Mix

Tagetes patula.  Beautiful mix of French and African marigolds, blended to enhance bloom season and increase diversity. Traditional bold red, tawny orange, rich gold, and lemony yellow blossoms brighten gardens while repelling insects. Great for in-ground or container gardens. Will grow almost anywhere without being invasive.  Can be grown as a cover crop. Easy to grow. 12-14".

Companion plants: Good for asparagus, eggplant, melons, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. Dislikes: beans.

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1- Basic Seed Saving

A handy and easy to understand reference book on the Why's and How's of saving seeds.  Written by Bill McDorman.

One book included in each -25 bundle. Add as many as you like for your community, organization, or holiday gift list!

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Description

EACH seed variety comes with:

  • Enough seed to fill 10 generous individual servings
  • Ten (10) description cards
  • Ten (10) portion bags
    (Note: Option to reduce plastic available before checkout)

Seed Varieties in this ESSENTIAL Bundle*:

Vegetables:

  • Arugula, Rocket
  • Beet, Early Wonder
  • Broccoli, Waltham 29
  • Carrot, Scarlet Nantes
  • Cucumber, Marketmore 76
  • Eggplant, Florida Highbush
  • Kale, Red Russian
  • Lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson
  • Lettuce, Red Cimarron (romaine)
  • Onion, Nebuka (evergreen bunching)
  • Pea, Sugar Ann
  • Pepper, California Wonder 300 TMR
  • Radish, Champion
  • Spinach, Bloomsdale
  • Squash, Black Beauty Zucchini (summer)
  • Squash, Vegetable Spaghetti (winter)
  • Swiss Chard, Fordhook
  • Tomato, Ace 55 (Determinate)
  • Tomato, Amish Paste (Indeterminate)
  • Tomato, Brandywine (Indeterminate)
  • Tomato, Mortgage Lifter (Indeterminate)
  • Tomato, Roma (Indeterminate)
  • Watermelon, Crimson Sweet

Herbs:

  • Cilantro, Slo-Bolting

Pollinators/Flowers:

  • Edible Mix
  • Marigold Mix

NOTE: for additional quantities of any single variety, use the Mix & Match Bundle.

*When out of stock of any variety, we reserve the right to substitute with similar varieties so we can get your seeds out to you in a timely manner.

Additional information

Arugula; Rocket

Weight 70 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Beet; Early Wonder

Weight 180 g
Dimensions 3.3 × 3.3 × 3.3 in

Broccoli; Waltham 29

Weight 45 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Carrot; Scarlet Nantes

Weight 90 g
Dimensions 2.25 × 2.25 × 2.25 in

Cucumber; Marketmore 76

Weight 100 g
Dimensions 2.25 × 2.25 × 2.25 in

Eggplant; Florida Highbush

Weight 10 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Kale; Red Russian

Weight 45 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Lettuce; Black Seeded Simpson

Weight 32 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Lettuce; Red Cimarron (Romaine)

Weight 32 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Onion; Nebuka (Evergreen Bunching)

Weight 32 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Pea; Sugar Ann

Weight 500 g
Dimensions 3.3 × 3.3 × 3.3 in

Pepper; Cal Wonder 300 TMR (Sweet)

Weight 16 g
Dimensions 1.25 × 1.25 × 1.25 in

Radish; Champion

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 2.25 × 2.25 × 2.25 in
grams

110

Spinach; Bloomsdale

Weight 100 g
Dimensions 2.25 × 2.25 × 2.25 in

Squash; Black Beauty Zucchini (Summer)

Weight 45 g
Dimensions 1.65 × 1.65 × 1.65 in

Squash; Vegetable Spaghetti (Winter)

Weight 45 g
Dimensions 1.65 × 1.65 × 1.65 in

Swiss Chard; Fordhook

Weight 320 g
Dimensions 3.3 × 3.3 × 3.3 in

Tomato; Ace 55 (Determinate)

Weight 25 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Tomato; Brandywine Blend (Indeterminate)

Weight 5 g
Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 in

Tomato; Mortgage Lifter (Indeterminate)

Weight 5 g
Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 in

Tomato; Roma (Determinate)

Weight 25 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Watermelon; Crimson Sweet

Weight 32 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

Cilantro; Slo-Bolting

Weight 44 g
Dimensions 2.25 × 2.25 × 2.25 in

Flower; Edible Flower Mix

Weight 14 g
Dimensions 1.25 × 1.25 × 1.25 in

Flower; Marigold Mix

Weight 10 g
Dimensions 1.5 × 1.5 × 1.5 in

1- Basic Seed Saving

Weight .5 g
Dimensions 8.25 × 5.25 × .25 in

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