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Cool Season Veggies
VegetableVarietyNotesPot Size
ArugulaA leafy plant that adds a peppery, mustard flavor to salads. 6-12″ tall with a 12-18″ spread.6 pack
BroccoliDestinyThis mid-early, compact, heat-tolerant broccoli variety features medium-small green beads, a smooth dome and a round shape.6 pack
Brussels SproutsJade CrossOne of the earliest of the hybrid Brussels sprouts for short growing season gardens and very uniform. Plants will grow to 30 to 32″ with uniform sprouts all along the plant. Compact Plant, High Yields6 pack
CabbageStonehead – GreenAAS Winner. Round, solid heads average 4 lbs. and are 6 inches across. Good texture and flavor. Holds for a long time without bursting. Resistant to yellows and tolerance to black rot. 6 pack
 Ruby Perfection – RedA mid-season, heavy yielding, vigorous cabbage which is slow to burst. The Medium sized round heads are an eye-catching variety with uniform plants and heads. 6 pack
CauliflowerSnow Crown AAS Winner. One of the easiest cauliflowers to grow. Quick growth and strong vigor. Large yields of fully domed, white heads up to 8″ across, weighing 1 – 2 lbs. Mild and sweet.6 pack
CollardsGeorgia – HeirloomGeorgia collards are prized for their sweet, cabbage-like flavor. Leaves are ruffled and blue-green and taste best when picked young. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Grows best in full sun, when cool, but will prefers partial shade and when temperatures climb.6 pack
KaleRed Russian – Heirloom
Red Russian is a very tender and mild kale. Russian Red is a pre-1885 heirloom variety. Much larger than regular kale (2 to 3′ tall), the stems are purplish and the leaves are shaped like big oak leaves and colored a velvety gray green. The big leaves are very tender and delicious.6 pack & 3.5″
Blue Ridge Dwarf
Beautiful finely curled blue-green leaves that hold their color even in severe cold. Uniform low-growing plants grow to 15″ tall and will spread 20-35″. This is a very hardy variety that will overwinter with mulch in zones 4-5. It is ornamental as well as delicious and is high in vitamin A. 53-65 days from transplant.6 pack
Storm Mix New!A medley of three choice varieties of kale: purple, green, and blue. Use in salads, soups, sandwiches, and smoothies.3.5″
Tuscan Black New!
Winter hardy with darker, savored leaves rather than conventional varieties. Flavor improves with frost. Can be used at baby leaf or mature stage.3.5″
KohlrabiGrand DukeAAS Winner. Kohlrabi is one of the hardiest of garden vegetables. When grown in the fall, it will grow long after your other garden vegetables have succumbed to the cold and frost. Kohlrabi produces a bulb above the ground that swells into this tender, sweet tasting vegetable. Harvest when about 4 “.  The mild sweet cabbage like flavor and crisp texture is great steamed or sautéd, or sliced and added to salads.6 pack
LettuceButtercrunch – Bib Lettuce – HeirloomLarge Heads, Slow to Bolt, Tender & Tasty, AAS Winner3.5″ & 6 pack
 Simpson Elite Green – Leaf Lettuce
This slow bolting variety produces attractive neon green, loose heads that have broad, crumpled, curled edged leaves. The flavor is delicate and almost never bitter, even later in the season. 6 pack
New Red Fire – Leaf Lettuce New!Red leaf lettuce with heat tolerance. Produces uniform, heavy heads of well-colored, frilly leaves. 3.5″ & 6 pack
Valley Heart – RomaineA tall medium green romaine with slightly savoyed, large leaves. Good cold, bolting and heat tolerances.6 pack
Great Lakes – Head Lettuce New!Heat tolerant variety. Solid heads of lettuce with good flavor. It’s never bitter and very slow bolting in hot weather.6 pack
 Salad Mix – Bistro Blend New!
Gourmet salad blend. Well-flavored with many exotic leaf shapes, textures and colors.6 pack
Salad Mix – Gourmet BlendA variety of leaf lettuces 6 pack
 Mesclun Blend Arugula, Chervil, Endive, Lettuce & Mache6 pack
 Simply Salad Mix – City GardenArugula, Cress and Kale3.5″
 Simply Salad Mix – Summer PicnicA blend of red and green leaf lettuces3.5″
 Simply Salad – Wonder Wok New!
Includes: mustards, kale and bok choy. Great for salads, stir-fries and braising. 3.5″
PeasSuper Sugar SnapAll American Selection (AAS) winner. Crisp, juicy flavor.  3” pods produce excellent yields on tall vines that require the support of a trellis. 3.5″
Slow to Bolt, Vigorous Growth3.5″
Swiss Chard
Bright Lights
All America Selection (AAS) winner has lightly savoyed, green or bronze leaves with stems of many colors including gold, pink, orange, purple, red, and white with bright and pastel variations. The flavor is milder than ordinary chard, with each color a bit different. Bright Lights tolerates some shade, and won’t get bitter in hot weather. A long season vegetable!3.5″
Warm Season Veggies
VegetableVarietyNotesPot Size
Full Sun
Beananza New!
A superb, dwarf French green bean. The flavor is sweet and nutty. These slender, 7″ stringless beans are long growing and prolific. Pick them regularly and they keep producing.4.3″
Gold-n-Green MixThese French, filet-type beans are thinner and smaller than other green beans. Delicious flavor and crispy texture. Ready to harvest about 2 weeks after they bloom. Pick frequently to prevent beans from getting too starchy and eat them as quickly as possible!3.5″
Full Sun
Bush Champion New!Bush types take one-third the space, so they’re great for containers and raised beds. Bush Champion’s huge 8 to12″ cukes make this our favorite mini. You won’t believe the large number of crisp, bright green slicers you’ll get from the pint-sized plants. Mosaic resistant and productive.4.3″
Fresh Pickles New!This delisious little pickling cucumber is perfect for planting in a container on the patio. A great yielding variety. Resists downy mildew.4.3″
 Patio SnackerWell branched, short, vining variety perfect for large containers with small trellises. This fast-growing plant produces early, continuous high yields of 8″ dark green fruit. Great flavor and crunch.3.5″
 SlicemoreHigh Yield, Very Tasty & Crisp3.5″
Summer TopEarly, Japanese Burpless, High Yields, Disease Resistant3.5″
Full Sun
Fairy TaleAAS winner. Elegant white fruits striped in violet and purple shades that grows in clusters. Produces two weeks earlier than the average eggplant. Fairytale is a dwarf plant that is perfect for gardens and containers. Abundant yields. Harvest when fruits are 4″ long by 1 3/4 wider at the shoulder, for a sweet, bitter-free flavor, with fewer seeds.3.5″
 Patio Baby New!Early-yielding AAS is perfect for patios. This is a prolific dwarf eggplant, offers up a summerlong harvest. Patio Baby is an early variety that makes a striking impression. The compact 16-20″ plants will be clustered with egg-shaped, 2-3″ dark purple fruit that has a rich, mild, sweet flavor, Delicious baked, roasted, or sautéed. 4.3″
 Sweet Peppers
Full Sun
BananaramaThese giant peppers start yellow and mature orange-red. Pick them at any stage you like. These are large, tasty, meatier, banana peppers, that grow on much smaller plants. Great for pickles, salads or grilling.4.3″
 Big Bertha RedA heavy producer of 7″ by 4″ peppers with thick walls and glossy fruit. The fruit is tender and great for stuffing and roasting. Great for garden beds and large containers.3.5″
 California Wonder – HeirloomLarge 4″ inch peppers will turn from green to rich red when mature with a super sweet flavor when fully ripe. They are great for roasting, grilling or stuffing.3.5″
 Cherry StuffersCompact plants produce loads of sweet 2″ peppers that are great stuffed or grilled, or eaten as a snack. This is a heavy yielding, delicious peppers.4.3″
 Flavorburst YellowCrisp, juicy and sweet. Very flavorful. 4″ blocky bells begin lime green and finish in a shades of yellowish orange,3.5″
 Sweet Banana – HeirloomAAS Bronze Medal winner.  Large, pointed fruits measure 6-7″ long and 1 1/2″ across. The mild yellow peppers ultimately turn brilliant red. Great for pickling.3.5″
 Tangerine DreamA beautiful little bush covered with shiny red-orange elongated peppers. The 3″ fruits are tasty and sweet with a hint of heat. Use for picklling or eat fresh. Plants are grow only 18″ tall.4.3″
 Thunderbolt SweetHuge Marconi style sweet peppers have excellent flavor and texture. Each huge pepper grows over 1′ long! Thick walls give a great crunch, and it’s very sweet, too. Eat fresh, fried or stuffed.4.3″
Hot Peppers
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Anaheim ChiliPungent, long, tapered, medium-thick peppers. Mild Heat. Green fruits turn deep red when ripe. Use these pungent peppers fresh or dried. Scoville Heat Index: 800 – 1,4003.5″
 Dragon Roll New!A delicious mildly hot pepper that has a combination of heat and sweet. Pick peppers when green before they transition to red. Favored in Japanese cuisine, the slender, finger-long, chartreuse-green 3-5″ peppers are subtly smoky when young but mature to a  Scoville Heat Index: 200 about a tenth as fiery as Jalapeno.4.3″
 Garden Salsa HybridMedium Heat. This chili-style pepper offers full-bodied flavor without intense, overwhelming heat. Created  specifically for use in creating salsa. Disease-resistant plants bear heavy yields of green fruits that eventually ripen to red if left unpicked. The thick-walled peppers have thin skins. Scoville heat Index: 2,000 – 4,5003.5″
 Ghost  – EXTREMELY HOT!!!One of the hottest peppers in the world. Fruits ripen from green to bright red, and have thin, wrinkled skins. This is a slow growing plant, but it can sometimes reach up to 4 feet tall. Handle these fiery chili peppers with caution: Wear gloves and long sleeves when harvesting, and don’t let cut peppers—or anything made with them—touch your skin. Scoville Heat Index: Over 1,000,0003.5″
 Habanero RedVery hot and pungent peppers. The thin walled, 1 to 1-1/2″ fruits wrinkle and turn from green to red at maturity. Wear gloves to avoid burning! Scoville Heat Index: 200,000 – 300,003.5″
 Hot Lemon – Heirloom New!This heirloom from Ecuador, is as hot as any Cayenne, but has a truly unique flavor. It ripens to a pure lemon yellow in about 80 days, but it is delightfully flavorful when green. The skin is tender and the aroma is spicy, with a hint of pine woods. Best used fresh, but it’s sensational in sauces too. The fruits are narrow, 3-4″ long and distinctively wrinkled. Scoville Heat Index: 5,000 – 30,000
 Jalapeño Early New!These little jalapeños have bold flavor with moderate heat, all in a 3″ pepper. This variety is better adapted to cooler climates than other jalapeños. The closer it is to raw, the hotter it is. Enjoy green or allow to ripen to red for a sweeter, deeper flavor and hotter zip. Wear gloves to handle cut peppers. Medium Heat. .Scoville Heat Index: 2,500 – 5,000 3.5″
 Jalapeño GiganteA giant sized jalapeño. The fruits grow 3-5″ on an 18-24″ tall plant. Medium Heat.  Scoville Heat Index: 2,500 – 5,000 4.3″
 PoblanoKnown as Ancho peppers when ripened to red and dried, Poblano is the Mexican standard pepper for stuffing and grilling. Used for the classic Mexican dish, Chile Rellenos. Poblanos typically have very little heat making them very versatile in the kitchen. Scoville Heat Index: 1,000 – 1,500
 Serrano ChiliMedium-thin walled fruits per plant. Pick them early when the peppers are green and more mild or wait until they’re mature and red and hot. Scoville Heat index: 10,000 to 23,0003.5″
 SrirachaAttractive, large, 5″ x 1-1/4″ dark green, chili-type fruits are firm and uniform with shiny, smooth skin and thick walls. Flavor is mildly hot, but not overpowering. Perfect for slicing, roasting and pickling. Scoville Heat Index: 2,500 to 8,0003.5″
 Trinidad Scorpion – EXTREMELY HOT!!One of the hottest chili on the planet! Wrinkled, lantern-shaped peppers ripen to a bright red-orange and have a tender fruit-like flavor which makes for the perfect sweet-hot combination. Use extreme caution when handling these super hot peppers! Scoville Heat Index: Averages 1.2 million to over 2 million3.5″
Summer Squash SunburstSunburst is a beautiful butter yellow patty pan (scallop-type) squash. Each fruit is accented with a small dark green ring. The mild, white flesh remains tender and firm. Best harvested and eaten when fruits are around 3″ across.3.5″
Zucchini Aristocrat Green AAS Winner. Plant produces good yields of 8″ long dark green zucchini squash. One of the best zucchini squash varieties on the market. It is very smooth and slender.3.5″
Winter Squash
Honey Nut Butternut Squash4 to 5” long mini-butternut. It is a dark, healthy, orange-buff color and has a uniform butternut shape and high sugar content. Shows moderate to high levels of field resistance to Powdery Mildew. Stores well. Bake or roast.3.5″
PumpkinPumpkin Howden’s Field – HeirloomA large, uniform Connecticut Field type pumpkin. A hard, orange rind makes this an excellent carving variety. The 22 lb fruits have thick orange flesh. A great keeper3.5″
Sweet Potato BeauregardHigh yields of uniform sweet potatoes with deep orange flesh and great flavor. One of the most popular sweet potatoes. Keeps well in storage3.5″
TomatilloGrande Rio Verde – Heirloom
This tomatillo yields large, apple-green fruits. The medium sized, plants do not need staking. The globe shaped fruits reach 3-4 ounces, very large for a tomatillo, and the yields are very high.3.5″
Cupido New!The heart-shaped fruit of Cupido delivers good firmness, nice red color and delicate flavor for an ever-bearing variety. Fruit is easily visible and easy to harvest with its trailing habit. 3.5
 Toscana Deep Rose New!Stunning fruit with beautiful flowers. This stunning new everbearing strawberry has an explosion of deep-rose blooms, lush habit, and delicious harvest of sweet, dark red fruits, Toscana becomes a gorgeous feature on the patio, balcony or in the garden bed.3.5″
HoneyoyeThis June bearing Strawberry produces heavy yields of large, beautiful, crimson fruit. The rich color makes beautiful jam and wine. Disease resistant and easy to grow. Self-pollinatingPremium 6 pack
 QuinaltThis is a great tasting everbearing strawberry developed by Washington State University that produces strawberries on un-rooted runners. It performs well in containers, and makes an excellent ground cover or border planting along walkways or paths. Quinault bears berries up to 2″ in diameter from June until the frost. Self-pollinating. Premium 6 pack
 WatermelonSugar BabyA sweet “Ice Box” watermelon with fine-textured, medium-red flesh. The round, 12 pound, dark green skinned melons grow 8″ across. A delicious, fast maturing watermelon!3.5
CantaloupeLilliputA unique personal-sized, miniature Eastern melon. It is very high in sugars and very aromatic, with dark orange flesh and a very small seed cavity. The exterior begins light green then turns to a yellow-tan color as it ripens. The stem then slips when fully mature. The fruits are Just 3-1/2 – 5″ in diameter and weighing 1 to 2 pounds when mature.3.5

All about Hot Peppers…
Scoville Test For Capsaicin – A Thermal Richter Scale
(Margen, S. et. al (1992).The wellness encyclopedia of food and nutrition:
How to buy, store, and prepare every variety of fresh food.)

“All hot peppers contain capsaicinoids, natural substances that produce a burning sensation in the mouth, causing the eyes to water and the nose to run, and even induce perspiration. Capsaicinoids have no flavor or odor, but act directly on the pain receptors in the mouth and throat. The primary capsaicinoid, capsaicin, is so hot that a single drop diluted in 100,000 drops of water will produce a blistering of the tongue.

“Capsaicinoids are found primarily in the pepper’s placenta–the white “ribs” that run down the middle and along the sides of a pepper. Since the seeds are in such close contact with the ribs, they are also often hot. In the rest of the vegetable, capsaicinoids are unevenly distributed throughout the flesh, so it is likely that one part of the same pepper may be hotter or milder than another. You can reduce the amount of heat in a chili pepper by removing the ribs and seeds, but you must wear gloves while doing so.

“Capsaicinoid content is measured in parts per million. These parts per million are converted into Scoville heat units, the industry standard for measuring a pepper’s punch. One part per million is equivalent to 15 Scoville units. Bell peppers have a value of zero Scoville units, whereas habaneros— the hottest peppers—register a blistering 200,000 to 300,000.  Pure capsaicin has a Scoville heat unit score of 16 million.”

Peppers and Health
(Margen, S. et. al (1992).The wellness encyclopedia of food and nutrition:
How to buy, store, and prepare every variety of fresh food.)

“Are hot peppers bad for you? Proably not, according to recent studies. A common concern is that hot peppers or other spicy foods cause ulcers, but there’s no evidence that they do. Studies of areas where hot peppers are used extensively in cooking, such as Brazil and Thailand, have found no higher incidence of stomach ulcers among their populations. And in a study conducted at a Veterans Administration hospital, researchers ground up about an ounce of jalapeno pepper and injected it directly into the stomachs of volunteers. Follow-up observation showed no damage to their stomach linings. Nor do hot peppers aggravate or cause hemorrhoids, as has often been claimed, since capsaicinoids…are broken down before they reach the lower intestine.

“Actually, evidence has shown that peppers may have some beneficial properties. Capsaicin–the predominant capsaicinoid–has been found to work as an anticoagulant, thus possibly helping prevent heart attacks or strokes caused by blood clot. Small amounts of capsaicin can produce numbing of the skin and have a slight anti-inflammatory effect. In some countries, peppers are used in salves.

“Moreover, peppers are high in vitamin C, which, in turn, may be effective in protecting against cancer. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, a chemical substance capable of removing the threat from free radicals, which can cause cells to mutate.”

“By weight, green bell peppers have twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruit; red peppers have three times as much. Hot peppers contain even more vitamin C, 357 percent more than an orange. And red peppers are quite a good source of beta carotene.”

Remedies For the Pepper’s Bite
(Berkley, R. (1992). Peppers: A Cookbook. New York)

“There are several remedies for the effects of eating a pepper that is too hot for you, something that is usually discovered when it is too late. (Eventually, you can build up tolerance to the heat of peppers, and will be able to eat hotter and hotter chilis without having to resort to these cures.) Many people recommend drinking tomato juice or eating a fresh lemon or lime, the theory being that the acid counteracts the alkalinity of the capsaicin. Some people won’t begin eating hot peppers without a pitcher of cold water handy, though this is not the best idea. The capsaicin, which is an oil, does not mix with the water but is instead distributed to more parts of the mouth. More useful solutions include drinking milk (rinsing the mouth with it as you sip) or eating rice or bread, which absorb the capsaicin. My own favorite retaliation against attack by hot chili pepper is to simply eat another. And if that doesn’t work, eat another one.”



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