Collection, Beginner Gardener
- Provider Bean
- French Breakfast Radish
- Green Arrow Pea
- Velvet Queen Sunflower
- Early Fortune Cucumber
- Black Beauty Squash
- SSE Lettuce Mixture
We reserve the right to substitute seed varieties in all collections in case of shortages.
Introduced in 1965 by horticulturist Dr. Hoffman of the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in South Carolina. Known as the most dependable early green bean. Round straight pods (5-8" long) borne heavily on compact plants. Excellent flavor, one of the best for freezing and canning. Germinates well in cool soil. Disease resistant. Bush habit, snap, 50-55 days.
French Breakfast Radish
(aka Radis Demi-long Rose a Bout Blanc) A very early market garden radish of French origin. Listed by J.M. Thorburn & Co of New York in 1870. Oblong and blunt, rose-scarlet with a white tip. White crisp flesh with a mildly pungent flavor. Sow in the spring or fall and pick when small. 20-30 days.
Green Arrow Pea
(aka Green Shaft) An English main crop variety and standard home and market variety. Slim pointed pods are 4-5" long and contain 8-11 small deep green peas. Pods are almost always borne in doubles. Very heavy reliable production. Medium vines grow 24-28" tall. Shell, 62-70 days.
Velvet Queen Sunflower
(H. annuus) Striking 4" wide flower heads with mahogany-red petals and an almost black center. Well branched free-flowering plants with strong stems make this an ideal sunflower for borders or cut flowers. Plants grow 5-7' tall. Annual, 75-100 days.
Early Fortune Cucumber
(aka Special Dark Green) Introduced around 1910 by the Jerome B. Rice Seed Company of Cambridge, New York. Originated with George Starr of Royal Oak, Michigan, who discovered it in a crop of Davis Perfect (now extinct). Fruits measure 8" long. 55-60 days.
Black Beauty Squash
(C. pepo) A 1957 All America Selections winner developed by John Scarchuk at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Compact everbearing bush plants are loaded with glossy green-black fruits with firm white flesh. Best eaten when under 8" long. Excellent variety for freezing. 45-65 days.
SSE Lettuce Mixture
This is a well-balanced mixture of cutting lettuces: Amish Deer Tongue, Forellenschluss, Lolla Rossa, Red Salad Bowl, and at least four more of our favorite varieties. Enjoy a flavorful and colorful bouquet of lettuces at 40-45 days.