Updated January 31, 2017

and SALSIFY (Composite Family)

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Easy to start from seed. Start like tomatoes indoors and set out the fern like transplants 4 to 6 weeks later. It can also be direct seeded. You need to have patience as it will not be until the Spring of the second year that you can begin to harvest. (Approximately 250 seeds/pkt.)

Mary Washington:  Most popular U.S. type. Resistant to some rusts and blight. Pkt. $1.50


Plant early in the spring and be careful when weeding as the young plants closely resemble a weed relative. Plant seeds about 1/2 inch deep about 1 seed every inch. Plant about the same time as peas. (Approximately 40 seeds/pkt.)

Takinogawa:  105 days.  Long skinny roots that are used in Japanese cooking. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed


Tenderheart:  120 days.  An Italian favorite. Easy to grow where winters are mild as best flavor is obtained when plants mature during cool days and nights. The blanched ribs are an antipasto favorite and the flowers are great for dried arrangements. The foliage is a very attractive grey-green with serrations. Large ribs must be blanched by wrapping in heavy paper or loose straw as it is growing in the garden. Vegetable dates back to Roman times. Either start indoors and carefully transplant or plant seeds early about 1 inch deep and spaced several inches apart. (Approximately 100 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $1.75 Certified Organic Seed


Plant early and plant 1/2 inch deep. Thin to keep 4 to 6 inches between plants. The best tasting specimens are obtained when blanched and grown to mature after frost. You may plant a second planting in late July for a Fall crop. I blanch the plants by covering with old tubs or cardboard boxes. The blanching process usually takes 10 days to 2 weeks. (Approximately 900 seeds per pkt.)

Full Heart Batavian:  85 days.  Wide, wavy leaves with irregular edging. Pkt. $1.50

Green Curled:  80 days.  Finely cut, dark green curled leaves. Hearts will blanch to white and spread to 12 to 18 inches. Pkt. $1.50


(29 varieties to choose from)

Plant as early as the ground can be worked, thin for best head development on heading varieties. Leaf varieties may be cut and they will regrow. Do not pull up entire plant. For best germination on lettuces do not plant very deep. Approximately 1,000 seeds per packet (unless otherwise noted).

Leaf Lettuce:

Black Seeded Simpson:  50 days.  The first lettuce I grew as a very young child. A chartreuse, pale green-yellow in color. The best for sandwiches and wilted lettuce. Pkt. $1.25

Bronze Beauty:  47 days.  Colorful and tasty leaf lettuce. Tender leaves that are dark green with bronze shading. Pkt. $1.75

Dark Lollo Rossa:  55 days.  Another lettuce best suited for cool times as it gets a bit bitter during warm times. Very dark curly leaves that are excellent in mixes for color and texture. Start picking when young. Pkt. $2.00

Goose:  50 days.  Beautiful, pale green to dark green leaf type. Pkt. $2.00

Oakleaf:  45 days.  Tight rosettes of dark green, deeply lobed leaves. Introduced in 1771. Pkt. $1.25

Prizehead:  50 days.  Bright green leaves with reddish brown, crisp leaves. Does superb from a mid-August planting, tolerates temperatures down to 15 deg. F and is still edible. Pkt. $1.25

Red Salad Bowl:  50 days.  Large, upright plants, bronze red leaves. Introduced in 1955. Pkt. $1.25

Ruby Red:  60 days.  Deep red leaf lettuce. A 1958 AAS winner. Excellent deep red color. Pkt. $1.25

Salad Bowl:  50 days.  Introduced in 1952, slow to bolt, light green. Pkt. $1.25

Speckles:  50 days.  Apple green leaves flecked with brownish red polka dots. Semi-bibb type. Pkt. $2.00

Waldman's Green:  55 days.  Large, wavy, frilled leaves, a nice dark green leaf lettuce, tolerates cold weather well. Pkt. $1.25

Head Lettuce:

All Year Round:  70 days.  Medium size, green heads, good for most all seasons. Old English variety. Pkt. $1.50

Blonde de Paris:  65 days.  Crisphead iceberg type. Pkt. $1.25

Ice Queen:  65 days.  A French heirloom that is slow to bolt. Can be used as leaf lettuc or head lettuce. Pkt. $1.75

Nevada:  60 days.  Crunchy, dark green lettuce. Not an iceberg type, but a good heading variety. Good tolerance to heat and bolting. Approximately 500 seeds per pkt. (Limit 1 Pkt.) Pkt. $2.50

Pablo:  60 days.  Reddish tinged, iceberg type. Holds well in the heat. Approximately 500 seeds per pkt. Pkt. $2.00

Bibb Lettuce:

Big Boston:  75 days.  Large butterhead type with light golden green center and a reddish tinge to the outer leaves. Pkt. $1.25

Grandpa Admires:  60 days.  Colorful bronze tinged leaves. Variety dates to Civil War. Pkt. $1.50

Kagran Sommer:  54 days.  Very bolt resistant bibb for early-mid Summer. Large, light green heads, large, well-folded, firm hearts. Harvest when mature or it gets bitter. Pkt. $1.25

Little Gem:  50 days.  A refined Boston (Bibb) type lettuce with midget heads. Pkt. $1.25

May Queen:  50 days.  19th century heirloom, earliest butterhead type, pale green tinged with brown. Good frost tolerance. Pkt. $1.25

Marvel of Four Seasons:  50 days.  French Bibb type, red leaves, produces nice large, tight heads. Pkt. $1.25

Northpole:  50 days.  Lime green heads with excellent winter hardiness. Not for summer growth but does well during the cool season times. Pkt. $2.50

Pirat:  55 days.  Originally from Germany. A delicious green butter head with brown sprinkles. One of the first heirloom lettuces I grew in 1980. It was very winter hardy in the Lewis-Clark Valley of Idaho and survived down to 10 deg. F easily. Pkt. $2.50

Tom Thumb:  55 days.  Very small, tiny heads of butter-type lettuce. Gorgeous, very hardy for Fall, tolerates cold weather well. Pkt. $1.50

Romaine Lettuce:

Cimmaron:  65 days.  Heirloom from the 18th century. Deep red with creamy yellow center. Slow to bolt. Pkt. $1.75

Freckles:  60 days.  Bright green leaves with scarlet purplish blotches, shade brings out colors better. Pkt. $1.75

Red Romana:  70 days.  Large, red leaf romaine, deep mahogany red color. Is best in cool weather. Superb cold weather tolerance. Pkt. $1.25

Romaine:  65 days.  Erect, tightly folded plants. Great for salad. Pkt. $1.25

Rouge de Hiver:  60 days.  Very beautiful, semi-Romaine type that is reddish green in color. Does well in a fall planting. Pkt. $1.25

Webb's Wonderful:  70 days.  English romaine type lettuce, large, crumpled leaves with a good tolerance for heat and cold. Pkt. $1.50

Winter Density Cos:  60 days.  Large, very compact, dark green, slow to bolt, romaine type lettuce. Superb for Fall planting. Pkt. $1.25

Lettuce Mix:  A mixture of most of the types we sell. Pkt. $2.00

2017 Salsify

Plant as early as possible in the Spring. Plants take a full season to develop to their potential. The leaves are almost garlic-like in nature and can be mistaken for grass-like weeds. Approximately 300 seeds per pkt.

Geante Noire de Russie:  135 days.  Long, black-skinned roots. Leaves can be used in salads. Sow early. Pkt. $1.75 Certified Organic Seed

Mammoth Sandwich Island:  120 days.  This is also known as vegetable oyster. The roots over-winter in the garden here without any trouble. Salsify is the best eating quality in the late Fall. Peel the roots and chop in small pieces and boil, add milk and margarine and seasoning and "wham" - - - a meatless "oyster" stew. Pkt. $1.50

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