Candy Mountain Sweet Corn
Bred to grow 5' tall, the height can vary but tends to grow short and fast.
Northern Bush Pumpkin
90 DAYS - GROWN IN THE OPEN AT 8,000'
LARGE, EXCELLENT STORAGE PUMPKIN - EXPECT PUMPKINS BIGGER THAN YOUR HEAD OR MUCH BIGGER, DEPENDING ON ALTITUDE AND CLIMATE. WE'VE GROWN 15 POUNDERS HERE.
SEED IS LIMITED - 12 SEEDS PER PACKET - $3
This is one of these foods you plant and once you have it - you always have it. I call this Free Food. It will pop up in the cracks of the driveway. It can grow anywhere in any soil. It is carefree and the flowers are sweetly scented and attract beneficial insects. Mizuna is a mustard from the Brassica family and has a hot bite of pepper. It jazzes up any salad or sandwich. It is not as hot as arugula. It is one of the first greens in spring. It is so early the plants that overwinter are in full bloom by late June. I adore all the stages and the flowers are edible. This is grown as an annual but many of my plants have acted like a perennial. No matter - let it reseed or don't - you will love how easy it is to grow.
Green Orach - annual - 38-45 days - Atriplex hortensis
Mountain Spinach. A must have for the mountain garden and let it reseed! Oh my - another 'first greens in spring', Orach is a tall, upright spinach that can get as big as you! You pick the incredibly meaty large leaves right off the main stem and it will replace them. So good - we use them freshin salads or to roll up grilled sausage, for lettuce wraps or to stuff with anything you want. Delicious raw or cooked, it pops up so early and grows so easily, you will never be without it. Picture shows an Orach seedling.
Golden Orach - annual - 38-45 days - Atriplex hortensis
A must have for the mountain garden and let it reseed! Oh my - another 'first greens in spring', Orach is a tall, upright spinach that can get as big as you! You pick the incredibly meaty large leaves right off the main stem and it will replace them. So good - we use them freshin salads or to roll up grilled sausage, for lettuce wraps or to stuff with anything you want. Delicious raw or cooked, it pops up so early and grows so easily, you will never be without it.
Picture shows red and golden Orach seedlings. I do not have the red available yet.
Beetberry or Strawberry Spinach - Chenopodium capitata - biennial
This is another amazing free food plant. Easy to grow, and reseeds easily, it will naturalize anywhere. Eat the first year rosette's leaves in spring and then wait for the second year to enjoy the raspberry-like fruits that grow along the stem in summer. Not as sweet as a raspberry but this plant gives. Allow it to reseed and you have another first-greens-in-spring thing going on. Birds love the seedy berries too.
Picture shows the first year rosette.
Arugula - annual - Eruca sativa - Brassica family - 35-40 days
So easy to grow. Peppery tasting serrated leaves are a a beloved salad ingredient these days. The spiciness adds a great bite to anything you add it to. If you let it reseed, you will always have Arugula. It will naturalize anywhere the wind or rain takes it. Resow many times throughout the season to combat early bolting and early flea beetles. It grows fast! Flowers are edible too and have the same hint of pepper.
Heat-tolerant deep red, slightly squatty, delicious 2-3 oz. tomatoes. Dense but juicy, I loved their flavor. Named for the caretaker of the greenhouses at the Agricultural College at Al Ghraib. Seed source is from Nael Aziz to Baker Creek to Venetucci Farms in Colorado Springs to me.
This tomato is perfect. It sets the most uniform perfect clusters of fruit - very impressive. It bears heavily and easily. It can be described as 'meaty and juicy' which seems strange but true. Mild beginning finishes with strong flavor. Gorgeous on the vine.
a Grappoli d'Inverno
60-70 days - Italy - Semi-determinate
Winter Grape - this is an excellent, multi-purpose tomato that is easy to grow. This compact, indeterminate gives a heavy load of grape shaped tomatoes perfect for eating fresh, slow cooking sauces and drying. This tomato stores a long while and is often finished on the plant, simply pull the whole tomato plant in the fall and hang it in a cool dry place and the tomatoes will ripen beautifully on the drying plant. This works with all kinds of tomatoes but a good storing tomato like this one is a perfect candidate for this ripening method.
What a prolific plant! This Big/Little tomato covers itself in flowers and sets lovely 1-2 oz perfectly round red fruits. Very nice growth habit for containers and small spaces. The multitudes of fruits will make you happy. Juicy delicious.
Grown in the open at 8120' it's first year. Welcome to the mountain.
Original seed from the Seed Savers Exchange
Very Limited Quantity - 25 seeds
54 days - Alaska/Canada - Semi-determinate
This little sucker tastes so good you will make a happy face as you taste it. Very early, easy to grow - another great choice for a cool, short season. I've read reports of it being somewhat drought tolerant too! 4-6 oz. red fruits born in clusters. Strong tomato flavor.