As passionate asparagus lovers know, having your own asparagus bed offers the luxury of picking crisp, tender, delicious spears right on the way to the kitchen. Once established, (it takes several seasons before you begin the annual harvests), a well-managed asparagus bed produces reliable harvests for 15-20 years. Growing this perennial crop is a gardening investment no kitchen gardener should be without.
Garlic & Shallots
Growing great garlic is both easy and rewarding for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. When you grow your own, you'll really notice a big difference from store-bought garlic: homegrown garlic is plump, extra crispy and just bursting with flavor.
Growing your own potato crop offers the opportunity for wonderful choices. Homegrown potatoes are delicious, easy to grow, nutrition-packed and high in fiber. Best of all, a medium potato has no more calories than an apple.
The very best way to get a head start on bulb onions' long growing season is to begin with pre-started plants. Onions grown this way can get ahead of the weeds and bulb up and keep much better than store-bought "sets." We're pleased to offer top quality onion plants painstakingly grown, harvested and shipped to you directly from Dixondale onion ranch in Texas. These fine family farmers have been producing onion transplants since 1913 and are widely recognized experts in onion culture.
Perennial rhubarb plants are hardy, long-lived additions to your yard. Weeks before anything else ripens, you can enjoy the flavor of rhubarb’s crisp tart red stalks. Handsome rhubarb plants, with their dramatic, crinkled green leaves atop crimson red stalks fit into the most sophisticated flower or shrub borders, foundation plantings, or a big container.
Culinary Plant Trio
We offer top quality culinary herb seeds, but not all varieties grow readily from seed, including top pollinator plants. Our solution is to offer a trio of custom-grown starter plants for the most requested varieties, ready to pop into your garden. The set of 3 comes you as well rooted plant starts in 2 1/2 inch pots, ready to pop right into your garden or grow in containers. Each order has complete planting and growing instructions. Grow them to enjoy in the kitchen, as landscape ornamentals and to feed diverse pollinators.
Scented Geranium Trio
Brush against a leaf and imagine yourself in a rose garden in full bloom. Run your fingers against another and inhale a beguiling sweet lemon-rose fragrance or delicious minty chocolate scent. These evocative fragrances belong to our trios of scented geranium varieties whose leaves have tiny oil glands that mimic the perfumes of spices, fruits and flowers. Scented geranium leaves make aromatic flavorings for teas, jams and scones, cookies and cakes; simply air dried, they are perfect in potpourris and sachets. Tuck a few leaves of each variety in canisters of sugar or honey to infuse them with both scent and flavor.
Saffron Crocus Bulbs
Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) grows just 4-6 inches tall. Their rich, violet-purple blossoms have brilliant orange/red stigmas that are the source of the aromatic, exotic and pricey (!) culinary spice saffron. As the flowers open, it’s super easy to collect and simply air dry the stigmas from the flowers for your own fresh, first quality, intensely flavored saffron “threads” for cooking. Saffron is easily grown in the garden or containers.