Here is our basic heirloom seed kit. It has 27 varieties of 19 different heirloom vegetables. We simply dropped out the less common vegetable seeds. It contains almost 3 pounds of non-hybrid seed. These are all dried to the optimum moisture content and packaged in a hermetically sealed #10 can. It can, therefore, be frozen to maintain good germination for 50 years. Click to see contents.
This kit comes with a small book on heirloom vegetable seed saving.
Growing Garden Seeds, by Robert Johnston, Jr. of Johnny’s Selected Seeds. This excellent little book was written for the home vegetable gardener and small farmer. It contains basic information for growing and harvesting the non-hybrid seeds for most vegetables is in this book. It is not too academic or technical. It covers the flowering, pollination, (what crosses with what,) culture for seed, harvest, and threshing for all vegetables.
All of the varieties that are listed here are heirloom seeds. They go back to a time when non-GMO, non-hybrid, and open pollinated were the norm rather than the exception. They are time tested vegetables at their best. Feel safe with your food supply rooted back in history – in non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds!
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SEEDS ARE IN THE BASIC KIT!
Beans – Phaseolus vulgaris
Before 1900, most beans were grown for shelled or dried beans rather than fresh green beans. To use the beans fresh, fibrous strings along the seam of the pod had to be removed and the beans cooked quite awhile. Just before the turn of the century, Calvin Keeny was breeding toward more tender, stringless beans. A major breakthrough came in 1962 with Bush Blue Lake bean. This was a combination with the flavor on the Blue Lake pole bean and a bush growing habit.
42 days: A non-hybrid favorite introduced in 1949 (possibly derived from Early Valentine pre-1855.) Excellent fresh eating pods at 5 inches long. High production.
1/2 pound, (226.79 grams); approx. 800 seeds
Blue Lake Pole:
62 days: delicious pods are round and 6 inches long; stringless; good fresh, frozen, or canned.
1/2 pound, (226.79 grams); approx. 900 seeds
Beets – Beta vulgaris
It is believed that beets were grown for their greens perhaps 2000 BC in northern Europe by the Celts. An excellent cool weather crop.
52 days: often sown for home and farmers’ markets. Heirloom from before 1811. Lots of tall tender greens. Matures early.
1/2 ounce, (15.55 grams); approx. 400 seeds
Broccoli – Beta oleracea
Ancient Romans used broccoli for its flavor. We now know it is packed with vitamin C and minerals, excellent in preventing cancer, diabetes, etc.
Waltham: 29–70 days:
This heirloom broccoli is a very adaptive, drought tolerant fall variety, specially developed to mature in cold weather. Successfully grown in early spring also. 4-8” diameter heads that hold for a long time. Produces lateral buds for 6 to 8 weeks after the main head is harvested. First introduced in 1954.
1/8 ounce, (3.88 grams); approx. 1000 seeds
Cabbage – Beta oleracea
Grows best in cool weather. Start transplants indoors in early spring or mid summer for fall plantings. Will not germinate in hot weather.
Early Jersey Wakefield:
65 days: an heirloom from the 1840’s. Was introduced in Jersy City in New Jersey in 1840. Great for early production. Produces a 2-3 lb conical head, about 5” and bluegreen in color. Early, sweet and very reliable. Can be planted close and may overwinter in mild climates.
1/8 ounce, (3.88 grams); approx. 1000 seeds
Cantaloupe – Cucumis melo
Hales best jumbo: 86 days:
Was found growing in a Japanese gardener’s field by ID Hale in California in 1923. 6×6” oval melon. About 4-5 lbs, sweet and tasty
1/8 ounce, (3.88 grams); approx. 150 seeds
Carrots - Daucus carota
Carrots were around in the Roman era, but our modern orange carrot originated in Holland in the 1600’s.
Danvers half-long:75 days:
long Red –orange slightly tapered with blunt end. Very sweet. Was developed near Danvers, Mass. In 1871. The farmers wanted to grow the largest carrot with a short bulk. Thereby, it is easier to dig and they did this on a large scale.
1/4 ounce, (7.77 grams); approx. 5,000 seeds
Celery- Apium graveolens
Tall Utah: 130 days:
Tall plants with long, solid stalks; crisp and tender, resistant to bolting under adverse weather. Good disease resistance. Dates back to the 9th century when used as medicine and seasoning. Arrived in America in the early 19th century.
1/16 ounce, (1.94 grams); approx 1000 seeds
An old standard dent variety that produces nine inch ears. A favorite roasting corn. The plants are six to seven feet tall. As with all field corn it is best picked in early milk stage (about 80 days) for eating fresh. A high yielding variety. Non-GMO!
1/2 pound, (226 grams); approx. 1000 seeds
Cucumber – Cucumis savitus
Cucumbers are mentions in the Bible twice and according to history, they were used over 3,000 years ago in Egypt and Greece.
Introduced by Dr. Henry Munger at the Cornell University and released in 1976. The Marketmore 76 is a good yielding, mid season slicing cucumber for the home gardener, 8-9″ very dark green when mature. Nice flavor, smooth, straight, and perfect for salads. Marketmore 76 vines bear over a longer period then most, resistant to scab, mosaic and both powdery and downy mildew.
1/4 ounce, (7.77 grams); approx. 250 seeds
Eggplant – Solanum melongena
A native of India. Relative of tomatoes and peppers. Likes long, hot summers. Purple and white,5-6″ oval.
1/16 ounce, (1.94 grams); approx. 450 seeds
Lettuce – Lacuca sativa
Buttercrunch: 65 days:
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