30 + seeds per pack
Boothby’s Blonde Cucumber Cucumis sativus 65 days. A very unique heirloom cuke originating in Livermore Maine where the Boothby family maintained it for many generations. A very abundant producer of unique looking creamy-yellow (blonde) cukes with tiny black spines. The fruits are sweet, crisp and delicate with thin skins that don’t require peeling. Great for containers or patio gardening.
Bushy Cucumber C. sativus 50 days. A rare cultivar from Russia where it was a mainstay in kitchen gardens or ‘Dacha’s’. Brought to North America in the early nineties by Seedsavers Exchange in the US. Produces early bumper crops of multipurpose cukes – fresh eating or pickling. Short vines and trouble-free growing make this variety ideal for home gardeners.
De Bourbonne Pickling Cucumber C. sativus 55 days. An old French heirloom variety from the 1800’s that earned a reputation for making the distinct crunchy cornichons so popular in traditional French cuisine. The high yielding vines produce loads of tiny 2 inch fruits. Picked at finger size, they are unmatched for crisp cornichons. Let them get a little bigger and they are ideally suited to bread and butter pickles.
National Pickling Cucumber C. sativus 52 days. Suitable for small cornichons or dills. Vigorous dependable yielders that keep producing more as you pick them, and hold quality in the field. Introduced in 1924 by the National Pickle Packers Association in cooperation with Michigan Experimental Station. An old standby grown by our grandparents, and adapted to northern climates.
Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra) – 65 days. Also known as “Mouse-melon”. A newly rediscovered heirloom, originating in Mexico and Central America. Copious quantities of mini “watermelons”, tasting like cucumbers that have already been pickled. Vines are wispy though rampant, and benefit from trellising. Crunchy texture adds zing to summer salads.
Shintokiwa Asian Cucumber C. sativus 75 days. Smooth skinned, long slender cuke resembling English cucumbers. Sweet and crisp with no bitterness. Benefits from trellising, which produces straighter fruits. Resembles Suyo Long, but more productive, uniform and disease resistant. First introduced in North America by Turtle Tree Seeds.
Super Zagross cucumber C. sativus 55 days. Very productive Lebanese style cuke, with thin skins, no bitterness and small seed cavities when picked at appropriate size. Ideal for home gardeners because it keeps producing as long as you keep picking! Benefits from vertical support on a trellis for straighter fruits and less disease exposure.
Tante Alice Cucumber C. sativus 70 days. An early producing authentic “terroir” variety from Québec. Well adapted to our climate, disease-tolerant and very productive. Cukes are smooth skinned and can also be used for pickling at the early stage. This variety originated from Mrs. Alice Gosselin of Dorchester, Qué. and was rescued from obscurity by Seeds of Diversity Canada.
Petit Gris de Rennes Muskmelon Cucumis melo 85 days Said to be the “Champagne of French heirloom melons”, this unassuming little grey melon is one of the sweetest and most aromatic you can grow. Dating back over 400 years, it was once a staple of French market gardeners. Dense, peachy orange flesh has incomparable sweetness. Fruits are ripe when blossom end softens to the touch and colour changes to a golden tan.
Small Shining Light Watermelon Citrullus lanatus 80 – 90 days A standout in our gardens in 2016! This Russian heirloom was introduced to north America only in 1991. Round fruits 8 to 12 inches in diameter. Thin dark green rinds, bright red, sweet flesh. Adapted to northern, short-season climates. Keeps well after harvest.
Burpee’s Butterbush Winter Squash C. moschata 90 days. Butternut squash are the BEST squash! Hands down! But they can be long to mature in northern zones. Burpee’s short-season maturity is a solution for those who love butternuts but have trouble getting mature fruits in a short season. Space-saving compact habit is ideal for those lacking space. Dependable, reliable and sweeter than most others. Deep orange flesh like a sweet potato. Stores well, but not as well as Waltham Butternut.
Ananashyi Zucchini 50 days. A rare, bright-yellow zucchini originating in Belarus and popularized by Seedsavers Exchange in the US. Plants are compact and super-productive. Best picked when small, less than 8 inches as the skin becomes tough when allowed to become large. Prolific producer of edible blossoms.
Costata Romanesca Zucchini Cucurbita pepo 60 days. Deeply striped and ribbed Italian variety sporting a unique nutty flavour. Firmer texture and more flavour than the regular “garden variety” bland zucchini, even as it sizes up. In addition, produces huge male squash blossoms for stuffing.
Green Hubbard Winter Squash 100+ days to maturity. Large fruits weighing in from 8 to 12 pounds. Flesh is yellow-orange, dense and creamy. Superb storage quality, keeping easily until Spring under good conditions. Native to North America.
Guatemalan Blue Banana Winter Squash C. maxima 90 days. The best keeping maxima squash we have grown! The long rampant vines (give them room!) produce elongated, torpedo-shaped fruit weighing up to 10 pounds. The slate-blue skin (rind) is tough but inside the flesh is dense, very dry, orange and extremely sweet. An excellent choice if you enjoy baking or roasting home grown squash well into the winter. Out of stock!
Queensland Blue Winter Squash C. maxima 100+ days. An outstanding Australian heirloom first introduced to North America in 1932. Fruits are a striking, almost metallic dark blue with deep ribbing and a flattened shape. Flesh is brilliant orange, very dense and quite sweet. Not stringy or grainy. Weight can range from 5 to 20 pounds, with 2 to 3 fruits on each 10-foot vine. Like all C. Maxima’s, harvest when the stem is corky and woody as this indicates maturity. Long storage potential if kept in a cool, dry location.
Sucrine du Berry Winter Squash C. moschata 100 days. A traditional heirloom butternut variety from central France. Delicious, sweet red-orange flesh, with skin ripening from dull-green to tan-orange toward the end of the season. Be sure to cure in a well-ventilated and warm spot in autumn to ensure long winter storage.
Uncle David’s Dakota Dessert Winter Squash C. maxima 95 days. A buttercup type winter squash developed by farmer breeder David Podoll in North Dakota by selecting over decades for superior fruit. Selected for good colour, sweet taste, vigour and hardiness under northern growing conditions. Very thick walled fruit with small seed cavities. Vining habit.
Waltham Butternut Winter Squash Cucurbita moschata 100 days from transplant. A popular & long-keeping variety originally bred in Waltham, Massachusetts in the late 1960’s. Large, uniform 4-5 pound fruits are hard, finely-textured and flavourful. An old standby for dependable winter squash.
Zeppelin Delicata Cucurbita pepo 100 days. Delicata’s are known for their unbeatable, nutty, creamy sweet orange flesh. This vining variety is one of the best and very productive. Fruits are a little larger than more compact bush types – up to about one pound each. For those short on space, a good trellis will provide a lot of squash in a small space if the vines are trained up early. Will store over winter but flavour is best before Christmas!