These specialty seeds are the same varieties of many of the special plants that we grow in the Beanstalk Children's Garden. these seeds are more expensive and cost is $1.00 per packet for members and $1.50 for non-members.
Carrot ‘Mokum’ 54 days. Early Nantes type hybrid. A short, very early carrot that has a great sweet flavor. It matures quickly making it ideal for early spring or fall gardens. Tops are shorter than other varieties.
Cucumber ‘County Fair’ 52 days. An early hybrid pickling cucumber with a high yield of 3-4” long cucumbers ideal for both pickles and eating fresh. Plants have mostly female flowers and fruits will be almost seedless if grown away from other cucumbers. No pollinator is needed. This is the only variety resistant to bacterial wilt carried by cucumber beetles.
58 days. Diva is a 2002 All-America winner. It has smooth thin skin and a tender bitter free taste. Plants produce all female flowers and do not need another variety for pollination so they can be grown under row cover to keep insects off. Foliage is resistant to mildew and scab along with some resistance to cucumber beetles.
French Sorrel 60 days. This perennial salad herb is a favorite of children. They have a sharp, sour lemony flavor
making them delicious to eat right out of the garden. Young leaves are best. Can be eaten in salads or cooked gently for soups.
Gourd ‘Baby Bottle’ 100 days. Vining
A miniature version of the larger bottle gourd, these fruits are 3-4” long. They dry to a hard shell that can be painted or carved. Kids love to use these for crafts.
Kale ‘Redbor’ 55 days. This deep red kale keeps its color all summer long and becomes more vivid in the cool fall. It makes a lovely accent plant when planted next to green kale.
Lettuce ’Canasta’ 50-60 days. A favorite of KCCG staff & members, Canasta is a Batavian type semi-heading lettuce that forms a crisp head with ruffled leaf edges. Leaves have a bronze edging. It is sweet and crispy tasting and is more heat and bolt resistant that most lettuces.
Okra ’Annie Oakley II’ 48 days. 4-5’ tall Hybrid
This Variety is able to produce 2-3 times as many pods as open pollinated varieties even in cool weather. Plants are short which makes them easier to pick.
Pepper ‘Gypsy’ hybrid. 50 days from transplant. This amazing, sweet bell pepper produces early and bears heavily. Fruits start out lime green in color, then ripen to butter yellow, then orange and finally red. Very sweet when ripe.
Pumpkin ‘Snackface’ 105 days. This pumpkin produces hull-less seeds that are ideal for roasting. The semi-bush plants produce 2-3 lb fruits that are also good for making pie.
Purslane ‘Goldberg Golden’ 50 days. A cultivated variety of the purslane that grows wild in gardens. It has crisp and mild succulent leaves that grow larger than its wild relative. Purslane has the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids of any other plant. Use it as a salad green or sauté lightly. This variety is very heat tolerant.
Radish ‘Easter Egg’ 30 days. This variety packet will produce beautiful radishes in a variety of colors (red, white, pink, purple) that are fun for kids to pick and eat. The roots grow larger than standard varieties and stay crisp and mild even when large.
Snap Pea ’Sugar Ann’ 60 days. 24”—30” vines. This dwarf version of sugar snap peas has sweet, edible pods that have a juicy crunchy snap when eaten. Snap peas require cool weather and a trellis for a good harvest.
Spinach, Malabar – Red Stem: 85 days Thick succulent leaves that taste almost like spinach. Unlike most greens it thrives in the summer heat. Plants have red stems and green leaves. Young leaves can be used in salads or sauté. Vines are vigorous and require a trellis or fence. Plant seed 1-2” apart and cover ¼” deep in average soil. Thin plants 6-12” apart. Planting date: May 1-30
Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ 28 days for baby chard 55 days for larger leaves. Vibrant, rainbow colored stalks are an eye-catching addition to your garden. Plants thrive throughout spring, summer and into fall providing a steady supply of greens. Swiss chard can be eaten raw but generally is steamed or sautéed. Routine cutting of larger leaves will stimulate continuous production through frost.
Tomatillo - 'San Juanito' 80 days. Extra large green fruits covered with a leafy husk. Great for salsa and other Mexican recipes. (determinate)
Tomato ‘Black Cherry’ 64 days after transplant. This dark fruited cherry tomato has a lovely flavor that is sweet with a bit of a tangy bite. Plants are indeterminate and need to be staked. Produces a large crop of 1” fruits. Tastes like an heirloom and produces like a hybrid.
Yardlong Bean ‘Red Noodle’ 85 days. Beans grow 16-20” long and as slender as a pencil. The burgundy color stands out on the plants. Young pods are sweet with an intense flavor. Older pods can be shelled for traditional southern peas. Plants produce heavily with up to 4 pods in a cluster.
Watermelon ‘Yellow Doll’ hybrid 75-80 days. Brightly colored yellow flesh is sweet, crisp and juicy. Melons are about 3-5 lbs, which makes them easier to store in the refrigerator. Plants produce heavily and early.
Cardinal Climber annual flowering vine. These vines have bright red 1” blooms and deeply cut leaves. Part of the morning glory family, the flowers attract hummingbirds. Use the vines to cover a fence or unsightly feature in your yard. Vines grow 15-20’ long and require a heavy fence or trellis to support the vines.
Cypress Vine ‘Maiden Feather’ annual flowering vine.
Soft lacey leaves frame star-like flowers in red, pink and white. Blooms mid-summer to frost. The flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds. Requires a structure to climb on. Plants can be used to cover unsightly areas, fences or sides of buildings.
Hyacinth Bean ‘Ruby Moon’ annual flowering vine. This vigorous growing tropical vine has purple flowers, beans and leaves which are all edible. The bean pods are not especially good tasting and the dry seeds are reputedly toxic. The flowers have a nice crunchy, beany flavor. Vines grow very long so support is needed. Flowering begins in late July or early August going until frost. This is the signature plant of The Beanstalk Children’s Garden.
Marigold ’Janie’ Mix 8” plants with 1¾” blooms.
This variety produces produces more and larger flowers than other French types marigolds. An excellent choice for mass plantings.
Moonflower annual flowering vine. White 5” blooms open in the evening with a sweet fragrance. Vines grow 10-20’ long.
Morning Glory ‘Clark’s Heavenly Blue’ annual flowering vine. Blooms late summer - frost. An improved blue morning glory with large luminous flowers. Vines climb up walls, fences and trellises to 12’.
Nasturtium ‘Whirlybird’ Mix Dwarf plants with large bright flowers are yellow, orange and red. Whirlybird tolerates more heat than standard varieties. Flowers and leaves are edible with a pleasant peppery flavor.
Sunflower - ‘Grey Stripe’: Everyone loves sunflower seeds. Grow plants up to 12’ tall with giant heads of the same sunflower seeds you snack on. Seed heads can grow up to 20” across with a large number of thin shelled seeds. The plants can be used to grow fences or as background for a garden. Plant seeds 1/2-3/4” deep about 12-24” apart. Sunflowers need lots of water and general fertilizer once a month. Planting dates: May 1-30
Zinnia ‘Benary Giants’ Mixed Colors This tall zinnia is excellent for cut flowers. Large vibrant blooms that are fully double. Plants are up to 4’ tall with 3-5” flowers. The flowers hold longer in the vase than standard zinnias. They are less susceptible to powdery mildew than most other zinnias.
Curiosity and Specialty Plants
Cotton 165 days. This is the same cotton used to make your t-shirts and jeans. Some varieties have naturally colored fibers instead of white. Grow some of your own cotton and amaze your friends. Start seeds indoors. Bolls will ripen and burst open in fall. Plants grow 3-4’ tall and may need staking to prevent tipping over.
Mouse Melon Annual Vine—8-10’ long. Also called Mexican gherkins, mouse melons look like tiny watermelons but taste like miniature cucumbers. Fruits are ripe when 3/4” long. Just pop one in your mouth and enjoy a crispy crunch. Can be eaten raw or used to make pickles.
Peanuts ‘Tennessee Red’ 110 days. An early maturing peanut that is a good choice for shorter growing seasons. Roast them for a delicious snack this winter. Peanuts are mature around Sept. 15 in our climate.
Sensitive Plant An ornamental plant that is a favorite with kids. Touch the leaves and watch them go to sleep. Leaves are very sensitive to any touch. Watering, wind and rain will also make them droop. In mid-summer there are soft pink flower puffs. Sensitive plant reseeds and volunteers freely for the next year. Start indoors if desired.
Sweet Sorghum ‘Sugar Drip’ 110 days. 9-12’ tall
Sweet sorghum is grown to make sorghum syrup. Seeds can be popped like popcorn. In the late summer canes can be cut into sections for a sweet treat straight from the garden.
Toothache Plant (peek-a-boo plant) This plant has interesting flowers that look like eyeballs. If you take small bite of the flower, it will quickly numb your mouth for a few minutes.