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Ancho Poblano Pepper
Ancho Poblano PepperPacket: 0.25 gram, ~40 seeds More info
Known as Ancho peppers when ripened to red and dried, Poblano (Capsicum annuum) is the Mexican standard pepper for stuffing and grilling. This is the variety used for the classic Mexican dish, Chile Rellenos: peppers stuffed with cheese, coated in a cornmeal batter, and deep-fried. Delicious! Poblanos typically have very little heat making them very versatile in the kitchen. 75 days from transplant. Annual.
Anise-HyssopPacket: 0.1 gram, ~200 seeds More info
Anise-Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) ‰ÛÒ also called Blue Giant Hyssop, Fragrant Giant Hyssop, or Lavender Giant Hyssop ‰ÛÒ is a perennial plant that‰۪s endemic throughout North America. Its minty-licorice flavored foliage is edible, and makes a delicious tea or seasoning for savory dishes. The plant‰۪s purple flower spikes attract a multitude of beneficial insect pollinators. Will perennialize in warmer winter climates and can withstand mild frosts. 90 days from seed to harvest. Perennial. åÊ Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Arroyo Lupine Flower
Arroyo Lupine FlowerPacket: 3.5 grams, ~150 seeds More info
Arroyo Lupine (Lupinus succulentus; also known as hollowleaf annual lupine, arroyo lupine, or succulent lupine) is a nitrogen fixing annual flower native to our Mediterranean climate and prevalent throughout California, Mexico, and Arizona. The gorgeous lavender-violet purple plumes attract a variety of beneficial insects. This species is quite easy to grow and is frequently used as an ornamental or for cut flower bunches. Drought tolerant but performs even better with consistent watering. Annual. 100 days from seed to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
ArugulaMore info4872 available
The standard Arugula (Eruca sativa) with that classic spicy flavor. Long, deeply-lobed dark leaves are easy to harvest for bunching. Spicy flowers are excellent in salads. Sow it thick for multiple cuts, or give each plant a little space for large, bunching leaves. Hardy re-seeder. Best sown in Spring or Autumn, as hot weather will cause fast bolting. 21 days baby leaf, 40 mature. åÊAnnual.
Bee Balm (Bergamot Lavender)
Bee Balm (Bergamot Lavender)Packet: 0.05 gram, ~85 seeds More info
This mint family perennial (Monarda fistulosa), also known as Wild Bergamot or Lavender Bergamot, grows delicate crown-shaped pale pastel purple flowers and foliage with a scent reminiscent of the bergamot citrus. The entire Monarda genus has been historically used as a cold tea, topically as a wound poultice, and as a food / seasoning. One popular contemporary use is making Bee Balm Flower-infused Honey. These plants need some care in the seeding and transplant stage, but are well worth the attention. Once established Bee Balm is quite hardy; the plant has a rhizomatic growth habit but doesn‰۪t aggressively spread. If you plant seeds early enough in spring you will get flowers within its first year of growth. On a lark we inter-planted our Bee Balm plants with actual lavender (Lavendula sp. ) thinking it would be pretty to see have the two blooming together. It worked out quite well, actually. 120 days to bloom from seed. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Black Magic Bachelor Button
Black Magic Bachelor ButtonPacket: 0.4 gram, ~80 seeds More info
Bachelor buttons (Centaurea cyanus) are easy to grow, drought tolerant flowers also known as cornflowers. This particular variety is a deep purple maroon and makes a striking addition to bouquets or can be eaten in salads or on desserts. When planted out in the spring, bachelor buttons will bloom through late spring until early summer, and sometimes even until September if the old flowers are removed. If old blooms are left in the garden, they will naturalize and grow for you again the following year. Plants reach two to three feet in height. Annual. 70-90 days to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Bright Lights Cosmos Flower
Bright Lights Cosmos FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~100 seeds More info
Cosmos flowers (Cosmos sulphureus) feature eye-popping papery yellow and orange blossoms approximately three to four inches in diameter. These bright flowers quite literally light up any garden or field. They grow well in hot climates, have a degree of drought tolerance and a sustained blooming period of many weeks. We add a few stems each to our farmer‰۪s market bunches and they always sell out by the end of the day. 65 days from seed to flower. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Bronze Fennel
Bronze FennelPacket (1 gram, ~200 seeds) More info
'Bronze' (Foeniculum vulgare) is a non-bulbing fennel grown for its beautiful, bronze leaves. This vigorous fennel produces delicious, flavorful leaves that make an excellent culinary spice, are a great addition to salads, and make a wonderful medicinal tea! Mild, sweet anise flavor. Flowering plants attract beneficial insects and provide edible, medicinal seeds that aid digestion. åÊ 50-60 days to leaf. 120 days to seed. åÊBiennial
Burdock Root
Burdock RootMore info135 available
Known as "Gobo" in Japan, burdock root (Arctium lappa) is an incredibly nutritive food and medicine. Herbalists prize burdock as an effective and powerful alterative, or blood cleanser, gently restoring and cleansing/detoxifying the liver and kidneys. It is commonly taken internally to treat skin conditions for which internal imbalances are at fault. It is known to be cleansing and soothing to the lymphatic system as well as the mucous membranes, aiding respiratory inflammation. Its medicinal magic aside, burdock is a delicious food highly valued in Japan; it is often grated and included in ferments (Kimchi), or cooked as a main or side dish. We like to dry roots for rehydrating in soups and stews in the wintertime, adding a nutritional, medicinal punch to the meal. Burdock is a biennial, taking two years to flower and set seed. The root can be harvested in the first year. 90 days to immature root. 180 days to mature root. Biennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Calendula Seed Collection
Calendula Seed CollectionFive Packet Collection: Lemon Sorbet, Neon, Wild, Sherbet Mix, Resina (~75 seeds/packet) More info
Five varieties of calendula that span two species, all grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. One packet each (~75 seeds/packet) of Resina, Lemon Sorbet, Neon, Sherbet Mix (Calendula officinalis), and Wild Calendula (Calendula arvensis) at value pricing. Each of these varieties have both culinary and ornamental uses, long blooming periods, are prolific re-seeders and are loved by beneficial insects. 70 days to bloom from seed. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Chick Lupine Flower
Chick Lupine FlowerPacket: 3.5 grams, ~150 seeds More info
Chick (or Wide Bannered) Lupine (Lupinus densiflorus aureus) is a stout nitrogen fixing ornamental flower with low water requirements. Flowers with six to eight inch yellow plumed blossoms that are occasionally blushed with a tinge of orange. Really really pretty. Annual. åÊ100 days from seed to flower. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Cosmic Purple Carrot
Cosmic Purple CarrotPacket: ~525 seeds (1 gram) More info
Add some color to your meals with this unique carrot (Daucus carota) variety. A newer introduction, Cosmic Purple has long, slender roots and purple-red-tinged flesh with an orange skin underneath. Like many purple varieties, this carrot has a slightly spicy flavor profile. Best grown from early spring through mid-fall. For a hardier winter variety, try our Danvers 126. 70 days from direct seeding. Biennial.
Crimson Flowered Fava
Crimson Flowered FavaPacket: ~7 seeds (5.5 grams) More info
We'll get right to it: the real story of this fava bean (Vicia faba) variety are its crimson flowered blossoms, which sets it apart from all white flowered varieties we've grown. The blossoms attract a variety of beneficial insects including sphinx moths. The fast growing, stout plants require minimal support and the blooming period makes this an attractive nitrogen fixing cover crop. Beans mature to a deep rich green. We are proud to offer this unique and hard to find fava bean in our catalog! Beans in 90 days when spring sown, 160 days when fall sown.  Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Czech Lavender
Czech LavenderPacket: 0.10 gram, ~100 seeds More info
Czech Lavender's (Lavandula angustifolia krajova) unique scent has a subtle power - not overly floral and soapy - but softly invigorating, friendly yet potent. This is our favorite lavender for oil infusions. Deep purple flowers with open blooms, its structure is irresistible to bees and humans alike. High in essential oil content. In short season areas, Czech lavender started from seed may not flower until the second year. In long season areas, first-year flowers are possible, but second year flowers will be much more abundant. Harvest fresh flowers often to encourage production. Harvest flowers after 120 days. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Daydream Cosmos Flower
Daydream Cosmos FlowerPacket: 1 gram, ~100 seeds More info
This romantic cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) variety is a dreamy addition to any garden or farm, attracting plenty of butterflies and hummingbirds with its abundant pink accented blooms. This flower is heat and drought tolerant, prefers low fertility soil and is perfect in bouquets or for pressing. Extremely easy to grow, branching plants can reach heights of 4-5 feet and will bloom for multiple months especially if flowers are being harvested regularly. 65 days from seed to flower. Annual.
Finnish Calendula
Finnish CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info
The seeds that form this variety were originally gathered during a Finnish autumn, first from the botanical garden in Helsinki and then from the community garden plots in the Pispala neighborhood of Tampere, which are filled with lush black soil formed in relationship to the nearby lake, PyhÌ_jÌ_rvi. The color composition of these blossoms perfectly reflects what I have come to love about being there: an understated beauty that only deepens with the passage of time. The blossoms have the quotidian yellows and oranges that we have come to expect from a calendula, but there are also a number of light, variegated pastel shades, including wonderful, multi-hued peach blossoms. -Quin 70 days to bloom. åÊHardy re-seeding annual/tender perennial.
Ida Gold Tomato
Ida Gold TomatoPacket (0.15 gram, ~50 seeds) More info
Ida Gold (Solanum lycerpersicum) is a fast-producing determinate tomato variety, yielding heavily in record time. Developed by the University of Idaho for Northern, short-season climates, Ida Gold provides bountiful yields of golf ball-sized, low acid, sweet orange tomatoes. Sturdy, compact plants are excellent for gardeners with space limitations or container gardens. Determinate. 59 days from transplant. Annual.
Licorice Root Seeds
Licorice Root SeedsPacket: 0.4 gram, ~35 seeds More info
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is perennial pea family plant best known for its sweet roots, which are often used in herbal teas, but can also be chewed raw or dry. Plants are extremely hardy and tolerant of low fertility soil conditions. The plants are slow growing, but once established require minimal water. Plants can be propagated relatively easily through root divisions. Harvest late season first year roots minimally, but second year roots can be really fun to follow in the soil and dig up for much larger harvest. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 200 days from seed. Perennial.
Neon Calendula
Neon CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info
Neon (Calendula officinalis) is a rather unique looking calendula entry. The deep red-orange blossoms have a denser, more complex pattern than most other varieties. When in bloom, this plant practically glows in the garden. Plants to 30" tall are easy to grow, providing abundant blooms from spring to autumn and beyond in mild winter climates. Attractive to beneficial insects and pollinators of all kinds. Edible and medicinal flowers. 70 days to bloom. Hardy re-seeding annual / tender perennial.
Purple Fava Negreta Broad Bean
Purple Fava Negreta Broad BeanPacket: ~10 seeds, 18 grams More info
"Negreta," a fava variety originating from either Italy or Spain, yields large green pods with large beans that mature to a dark, imperial purple shade. The beans are not only visually striking, they also mature up to 10 days faster than the Broad Windsor. We are happy to resurrect this classic variety, stewarded for two years at Mano Farm in Ojai, California and now available in our catalog in certified organic form. 70 days spring sown, 240 days fall sown. Annual.
Purple Passion Asparagus
Purple Passion AsparagusPacket: 1.25 grams, ~60 seeds More info
The sweetest tasting asparagus we‰۪ve ever tried, and also strikingly beautiful. Asparagus, especially started from seed, is a crop that requires patience. Seeds take about three weeks to germinate, and seedlings must be nurtured up to the appropriate size prior to transplant, which can take a number of months. Second year plants can be mildly harvested. Purple spears are ready to harvest after their third year of growth. Our very first seed production effort with this crop, so it‰۪s reasonable to expect some green off-types. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. Second year harvest from seed. Perennial.
Purple-Flowered Hyssop
Purple-Flowered HyssopPacket: ~100 seeds (0.15 gram) More info
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a low-lying shrub native to Mediterranea with a unique beauty and medicinality. The violet flowers attract bees and other flying insects. Hyssop's pungent volatile oils are responsible for it's medicinal qualities: a gentle, effective respiratory expectorant, tonic, anti-viral and anti-spasmodic. An excellent tea for cold and flu season. Farmer Quin refers to it as "warrior's drink. "90 days from transplant. Hardy Perennial.
Rainbow Calendula
Rainbow CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info
Numerous varieties of Calendula (Calendula officinalis) were allowed to inter-breed to produce this seed blend. As pretty as it is medicinally important, this edible, beneficial insect-attracting flower is an absolute must in every garden and on every farm. Flowers may range in color: red, pink, yellow, orange andåÊanywhere in between. åÊ åÊ Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 70 days to bloom. Annual.
Roman Chamomile
Roman ChamomilePacket (0.1 gram, ~1,000 seeds) More info
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial commonly grown as a ground cover in permaculture systems. The species has a similar use to the more common annual German chamomile ‰ÛÒåÊthe blossoms can be used fresh or dried as a calming tea ‰ÛÒ but the Roman variety yields blossoms that are denser and more pronounced than the German variety. The Roman flowers are also less saccharine smelling than the German variety, having an almost skunky-aroma. The blossoms can be harvested with a chamomile rake, but is a bit more difficult because of the density of the flowers. Expect lots of green, chamomile-scented matted foliage prior to flowering in early summer. We started ours in late summer and got blooms the following May. Spring-sown seeds will likely flower sooner. A gourmet chamomile that is a must-have for the perennial herb grower! 65 days. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Shanghai Green Pac Choi
Shanghai Green Pac ChoiPacket: 1 gram, ~400 seeds More info
Shanghai Green Pac Choi (Brassica rapa) is a high-yielding variety that is popular in China and here in the states. Thick, green-tinted petioles are tender and delicious. Relatively uniform in shape and size for an open-pollinated Pac Choi. Shanghai Green is also known for its heat-tolerance. Space plants closely for early baby heads. 45 days baby. 60 days mature. Annual.
SpearmintPacket: 0.04 gram, ~400 seeds. More info
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) is a perennial, rhizomatous plant that grows well in most temperate climates. It will tolerate anything from full sun to full shade but its vigor and tenderness will be determined by the amount of water it receives. Once established, spearmint is very low maintenance and is a must have for all culinary herb gardens. Fresh or dried leaves are delicious as tea. 60 days. Hardy perennial. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Speckled Butterhead Lettuce
Speckled Butterhead LettucePacket (1 gram, ~600 seeds) More info
Description Detailed Growing Information Video Speckled Butterhead (Lactuca sativa) is a German heirloom from the early 1800s, brought to the United States by the Mennonites. This is a gorgeous lettuce‰Û_ green leaves with reddish speckles, and a nice tight central head. Butterheads are our favorite eating lettuce, and Speckled Butterhead is our favorite variety of this kind. The texture of the leaves is a combination of delicate softness and crisp/moist that is unique to butterheads. Speckled is a sweet variety, rarely bitter. 40 days baby, 60 mature. Annual. Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is one of the most consumed vegetables in America‰Û_it‰۪s surprising that it isn‰۪t grown more in the home garden. We consider it one of the easier vegetables to grow, and nothing is quite like a salad of fresh-from-the-garden lettuce. There are a few different types of lettuce that are all essentially grown the same way: butterhead; cos (romaine); loose-leaf; iceberg. Lettuce is considered a tender annual that grows seed to seed in one growing season. Some varieties may tolerate a light frost, but a hard freeze will certainly kill lettuce. It is fast growing ‰ÛÒ producing quite quickly in the right conditions. Lettuce prefers evenly moist, fertile soil and full sun in all but the hottest conditions. Partial shade is ideal if you‰۪re attempting to grow it in the heat of the summer in hot climes. Lettuce doesn‰۪t demand highly fertile soil, but if nutrients are available ‰ÛÒ particularly nitrogen ‰ÛÒ lettuce will grow faster, be less prone to pest predation & disease, and some would say be more delicious. Our favorite way to grow lettuce is to start the seeds indoors (or in a greenhouse) in multi-celled flats. Lettuce is probably the easiest vegetable to transplant, and shows little if any transplant shock. Sow 3-5 seeds per cell if you plan to thin out close-growing seedlings (as we do), or 2-3 seeds per cell if you desire a single plant per cell to plant out. Lettuce seeds are ‰Û÷light-dependent‰۪ germinators, so sow those seeds just barely under the surface of the soil, making sure to not let the soil surface dry out at all during germination. We suggest ‰Û÷pushing‰۪ the small seedlings a bit with a daily, light application of fish emulsion. We use Neptune‰۪s Harvest fish and kelp‰Û_good stuff. When lettuce seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, transplant them into well-loosened garden soil that has been amended with finished compost or a broad-spectrum organic fertilizer. If you plan to be readily harvesting a lot of lettuce (as we do here), the starts can be tucked together pretty tight: 4-6‰۝ apart for romaine (tall head); 6-8‰۝ apart for the others (spreading habit). As the lettuce grows up, thin 1-2 plants from a cluster of 3-4 (all from a single ‰Û÷cell,‰۪ remember). This way of planting lettuce allows for an early harvest or two of not-quite-mature thinnings, and leaves a final plant or two in each space to grow to maturity now with more elbow room from the thinning! We‰۪re able to harvest a full bag of chopped lettuce for 25 CSA members every week for more than a month from 200 sq. ft! Brilliant! If you plan on growing only a small handful of lettuce plants, it may be beneficial to give the starts a bit more space (8-10‰۝ apart) that will allow them to breathe a bit, and have more root-space, water & nutrients to grow healthfully to maturity‰Û_perhaps beyond. It‰۪s also a good idea to space the plants farther apart if you live in a humid/rainy climate ‰ÛÒ good air circulation is essential to avoiding disease in lettuce crops. Lettuce likes water ‰ÛÒ especially if it‰۪s growing in hot temps. If the soil is allowed to dry out, the lettuce leaves themselves will become dry and lose their crispy texture and sweet flavor. On the flipside, you don‰۪t want to overwater lettuce either, which will influence rot & disease. Your watering interval will depend on many factors: sun exposure, soil type/texture, weather, etc‰Û_you‰۪ll just have to experiment and observe ‰÷¼. For detailed information on saving lettuce seed, visit http://www. seedalliance. org/download-form-7/.
Triangle Flashback Calendula
Triangle Flashback CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info
Triangle Flashback (Calendula officinalis) is a gorgeous Calendula! Pastel faces, ranging from a soft-yellow to pink and orange sherbet, contrasted by maroon backs. One of our favorite Calendulas, Triangle Flashback is sure to add beneficial insect-attracting beauty to the garden. Edible and medicinal flowers. åÊ 70 days. åÊHardy re-seeding Annual / tender perennial.
True Comfrey
True ComfreyMore info
True Comfrey (Symphytum officinale var patens) is a hardy perennial shrub native to Europe and Asia, and could be the most valued plant in a permaculture/subsistence garden. As a garden ally, its uses are myriad. Medicinally, its effects border on magical. Comfrey has an aggressive, deep taproot, and is considered a valuable nutrient cycler. Comfrey's deep roots mine nutrients from the subsoil, primarily accumulating potassium, but also nitrogen, phosphorus, trace minerals and micro-nutrients. These nutrients are pulled up by its roots and concentrated in its leaves. The plant can be cut to the ground two to three times a year, and the leaves used in myriad ways: fermented to make a nutrient-rich tea; added to a compost pile as a compost activator; as animal fodder; as a green manure ‰ÛÒ or nutrient-rich surface mulch. Comfrey is commonly used as an orchard understory plant to suppress weeds, mine nutrients, and provide a surface mulch around the tree by chopping and dropping the leaves in place. Comfrey flowers are also excellent bee forage. When it comes to wound-healing poultices, comfrey has no equal. The mashed leaf or root when applied to wounds of the muscles/skin is incredibly healing. It is recommended that a comfrey poultice is only applied to wounds that have been cleaned thoroughly, as it is know to heal the skin too fast, healing the outer layers of a wound and sealing in any deeper infection. Comfrey contains allantoin, a substance that stimulates cell proliferation. Ointments made from Comfrey can be applied to the skin to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis. It is generally advised that comfrey not be taken internally, though some herbalists strongly feel otherwise. Comfrey does contain certain alkaloids that have been found to be harmful to the liver when taken internally. These alkaloids are much more concentrated in the root than in the leaf. In the past, comfrey has been taken internally to heal ulcers and other problems of the stomach. Before using comfrey or any medicinal plant you are not familiar with, we highly recommend consulting a professional herbalist or doing your own research. Substantial foliage forms approximately 90 days after transplant. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. Note: Comfrey seeds are highly viable. We do not offer replacements or refunds for failed germination. Please follow the instructions when planting and you should have success. Also see Richo Cech's comfrey listing for a bit more context about appropriate comfrey germination.
True Siberian Kale
True Siberian KalePacket (1 gram, ~350 seeds) More info
True Siberian Kale (Brassica napus) has large, frilly green leaves with white midribs and succulent, sweet stems. This is our favorite fresh-eating kale. Extremely cold hardy, this kale will only get sweeter as the temps drop and can be picked through the winter in most climates. Open growth habit and heavy yielding. 40 days baby leaf. Biennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Winter Squash Seed Collection
Winter Squash Seed CollectionWinter Squash Seed Collection: Five Seed Packets At Value Pricing More info
Take one packet each of: Burgess Buttercup (Cucurbita maxima; ~30 seeds/packet), New England Pie Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo; ~35 seeds/packet), Waltham Butternut (Cucurbita moschata; ~36 seeds/packet), Sweet Meat Ojai Homestead (Cucurbita maxima; ~24 seeds/packet), and Lower Salmon River (Cucurbita maxima; ~20 seeds/packet) winter squashes at value pricing.