Basil is a warm-weather, fragrant herb that tastes great in Italian dishes—and let’s not forget homemade pesto! Plant seeds or transplants after all danger of frost has passed and soil is warm, and it will yield an abundant harvest within weeks. Keep harvesting the leaves to keep the plant going strong. The most common type of basil is sweet basil; other types include purple basil (less sweet than common basil), lemon basil (lemon flavor), and Thai basil (licorice flavor). Basil is easy to grow but it only grows outdoors in the summer—and only once the soil has warmed up nicely—so plan accordingly. If you’re planning on making pesto, grow several plants. Otherwise one or two basil plants yields plenty.
Category: Single Plants
Big Rainbow tomatoes are large, ribbed, beefsteak tomatoes that can weigh up to 2 pounds, and over 10 centimeters in diameter. The fruit ripens to have rainbow-colored skin, with yellow and orange in the middle, green shoulders, and red marbled streaks, particularly on the blossom end. The firm, juicy flesh is golden yellow-orange, often with a distinguished red splotch at the bottom. They offer a mild, sweet fruity flavor with a nice balance of acids and sugars. The sprawling vines of the Big Rainbow tomato plant can grow more than 6 feet. It is a late but heavy producer, and is recommended for staking in order to bear the weight of the massive fruits
The deepest, darkest, richest, ruby-black blooms grace tidy plants. For a dramatically thrilling display, Black Velvet provides maximum contrast to light-colored flowers or a provocative mix with purples and reds. Mounding plants reach 12 inches tall. Germination code: (4)
By providing adequate water and clipping seed heads, your Nasturtiums will reward you with a profusion of 2 inch blooms from July to fall’s first frost. The flowers make a lightly spicy edible garnish, too!
An heirloom tomato from eastern Germany. The name of this adorable heirloom cherry tomato means “little blonde girl”.
Our Blondkompfchen organic tomato seeds produce big, leafy, indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that yield a phenomenal amount of 1/2″, grape-sized, brilliant yellow/gold, cherry tomatoes in clusters of 20-30. The vines are large and sprawling, so give them plenty of space. Blondkompfchen is undoubtedly one of the BEST TASTING cherry tomatoes. Deliciously sweet with a slight citrusy tart finish. A Non-cracking, disease resistant tomato variety that grows well in most climates including cooler growing regions.
Because Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is the only milkweed in Illinois that has orange flowers, it is easy to identify. This species is also unusual for a milkweed because its leaves are alternate and its foliage lacks a milky latex. Because of the absence of milky latex, it is often referred to as Butterfly Weed, rather than Butterfly Milkweed. The thick and bitter-tasting roots were used for various medicinal purposes in the past, including the treatment of pleurisy. As a result, another common name for this species is Pleurisy Root.
Cantaloupe (actually a muskmelon) tempts you with extra sweet, juicy flesh and a delicious, musky fragrance that emanates through the melon when it’s ripe! In the same family as cucumber, squash, pumpkin, and gourd, the cantaloupe grows on a trailing vine, its many varieties offering round or oval shapes and colors ranging from orange-yellow to salmon. Cantaloupes are very easy to grow and contain few calories but are a great source of vitamins A and C and other nutrients. You’ll love the ease, flavor, and aroma of the cantaloupe!