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Abe Lincoln (Red Slicer)

Rather than oblate (a flattened sphere) in shape like common beefsteak tomatoes, ‘Abraham Lincoln’ is round, solid and firm, which is why it’s such a good slicer. And unlike some heirlooms, ‘Abe Lincoln’ tomatoes can tolerate rainy weather without splitting.

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Basil

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.

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Bean – Green Pole

Pole beans are a type of legume, and they taste similar to other beans in the same family. Pole beans are slightly sweet with a mildly starchy taste. They taste similar to a green bean, and become even more tender when cooked.

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Big Rainbow (Orange Striped Beefsteak)

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

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Black Velvet

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!

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Black-Eyed Susan (Yellow)

Daisy-like flowers with yellow petals and black center disks on branched stems. The narrow green leaves are conspicuously hairy. Blooms for many weeks in July and August and is a good cut flower.

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Blondkompfchen (Yellow Cherry)

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.

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Blush (Yellow Striped Grape)

Excellent sweet, fruity flavor. Beautiful bright yellow tomato has red stripes that appear as blossom-end red marbling develops. Great in mixes with the other Artisan tomatoes.

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Broccoli

Broccoli is a green vegetable (Brassica oleracea var. italica) in the flowering plant family Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae), characterized by fleshy green flower heads arranged in a tree-like fashion on branches sprouting from a thick, edible stalk.

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Butterfly Bush (Monarda)

Like many perennials, butterfly bushes are versatile when it comes to sun preference and can grow in partial shade to full sun. But the more shade the plant receives, the fewer of its trademark flowers it produces.

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Butterfly Milkweed (Orange)

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.

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Canning and Freezing (20 Plants)

Freezing vegetables is a fast and easy form of food preservation, and most crops, such as asparagus, broccoli, green beans, peppers, summer squash, dark leafy greens and all types of juicy berries, will actually be preserved best if frozen. Part of the beauty of freezing vegetables is that you can easily do it either in small batches — thus making good use of odds and ends from your garden — or in one big batch of your homegrown harvest or peak-season, discounted crops from the farmers market.

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Cantaloupe

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!

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Chives

Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the scapes and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for fish, potatoes, soups, and other dishes. The edible flowers can be used in salads. Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.

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Cilantro

Cilantro is a popular herb popular around the globe that resembles flat leaf parsley at first glance, but at first sniff, transports you to the Mediterranean, Mexico, Asia, and India. Cilantro gives a fresh boost of flavor, without the addition of sea salt or other seasonings. This versatile herb is used in everything from guacamole and salsa, to curries and noodle dishes. Not only does this flavorful, bright herb have unlimited culinary applications, but surprisingly to many people cilantro benefits the body and has many known healing properties.

One of the reasons that cilantro is so unique is due to its versatility. While green and leafy, it brings a fresh, nearly citrusy flavor to foods. Once it flowers, it produces the seeds, and the flavor of the leaves intensify, plus the coriander seeds that it yields contain their own health benefits.

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Common Milkweed

Tall stems with large, light green leaves. The summer flowers are a magnet for insects of all types. Large, round heads of pinkish-purple, fragrant flowers are held at the tips of the stems. The beauty of the flowers and the incredible insect activity they generate are captivating. Large seed pods form in late summer and disperse fluffy seeds that float through the air in fall. Common milkweed can spread quite prolifically from seed and rhizomes. It is a larval host for the monarch butterfly.

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