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Leaf Crops


Most of these plants are leafy, however we are extending leafy to include edible stalks/stems (eg. celery and chard) and swollen stems (eg. kohl rabi) as well. You will find Spinach in the Chenopodium family and everything else should be fairly straight forward. Most leaf crops appreciate or even prefer some shade, cool moist weather is ideal for these plants. Edible flowers are here because petals are simply a kind of specialized leaf after all!

Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts

Long Island Improved (C) (1890’s) is relatively early and quite productive. The compact plants (about 20″ tall) have stems tightly packed with round firm, dark green sprouts. Brussels sprouts require a long growing season so they are started as bedding plants.

OUT OF STOCK FOR THE REST OF 2018

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage (C) dates back to the early 1700’s in New Jersey and is still readily available today. It is a summer cabbage, tender and flavourful, in the 2-4lb range, with a distinctive conical head.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Red Russian Kale

Red Russian (1863) has deeply-cut, flat, grey-green leaves with purple stems and veins. The entire plant takes on a purplish colouration in cold weather. This cultivar is called “Winter Red” and comes from Wild Garden Seed.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Lacinato Kale

Lacinato Kale has dark blue-green, deeply savoyed narrow leaves with under-turned edges. It has good vigor, flavour, and hardiness. This seed comes from Wild Garden Seed.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Lacinato Rainbow Kale

Lacinato Rainbow is a diverse selection from lacinato (B. oleracea) crossed with russian (B. napus) kales. It has the long narrow savoyed leaves of lacinato and cold hardiness of russian kales, with leaves of red, purple or blue-green.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Brassica Creature Mix

Brassica Creature Mix contains a wide range of Brassica family including both leaf and root varieties. Good for animal feed. Seed in the barnyard (allowing time for adequate growth) or in/near the garden to feed (and distract) wild critters.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 800 seeds
Early White Vienna Kohlrabi

Early White Vienna (C) (pre-1860) is a light green variety whose enlarged stem or “bulb” is a slightly flattened globe which remains crisp and stringless up to about 2″ in diameter. A delicious crunchy and juicy fresh vegetable but can also be cooked.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Calabrese Broccoli

Calabrese (C) was brought to the USA by Italian immigrants in the 1880’s. It produces tight green heads up to 8″ in diameter, and will form side shoots once the main head is harvested.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Purple Peacock Broccoli

Purple Peacock was developed by Frank Morton by crossing some broccoli and kales. Green loose heads of broccoli, sweet purple stems and red-veined leaves and it is all edible — raw when young and lightly steamed when mature.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Giant Red Mustard

Giant Red Mustard has large tender deep purplish-red savoyed leaves with white midribs and a strong mustard flavour. Harvest small for salads, full-sized for steaming or stir-frying.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Indian Mustard

Wild Garden Pungent Mix is made up of cultivars and experimental crosses of Indian mustard. Leaf colours are golden, green, striped red and solid purple. Leaves may be smooth to savoyed, toothed to plain. Flavours from sweet to hot but tending toward pungent. A perfect salad mix. Petioles and bolting stems are used for stir fries.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Japonica Mustard

Wild Garden Mild Mustards has similar diversity to the Indian mustard mix but is generally milder flavoured. The young plants and buds are good in salads and all plant parts can be used in stir fries. May contain some oriental turnips with both edible roots and leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Roquette/Arugula

A delicious nutty and somewhat spicy tasting salad green, which is also used in Indian cooking.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 200 seeds
Wild Rocket Red Dragon

Red Dragon is a wild rocket with deeply divided leaves veined with purple/red. It likes cool damp weather and some shade as it tends to bolt rapidly otherwise.

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Price(s): $3.00
Garden Cress

A fast growing annual producing lovely greens for salads and sandwiches sharing the peppery and tangy flavour of its relatives’ watercress and mustards. This little-known gem is packed full of wonderful nutrients!

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 200 seeds
Camelina/Siberian Oilseed

Camelina/Siberian Oilseed has been traditionally grown in parts of Russia for its edible oil and spicy arugula-like leaves. The plants are shorter than canola, with smaller pods and seeds, and mature early. This could be a good alternative to canola which has been almost completely contaminated by genetically engineered seed.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Sweet Rocket

Sweet Rocket is a biennial edible flower that readily self-seeds. Flowers are mostly pinks and whites and are known to give off a lovely scent in the evenings (Hesperis is greek and relates to the evening). Leaves can be used as greens in salads and more (for best flavour, pick leaves before the plant flowers). Other culinary and medicinal uses also possible.

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Price(s): $3.00
Black Seeded Simpson

Black Seeded Simpson (1850) is an early leaf lettuce with large light-green curly leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Prizehead

Prizehead has large loose heads of tender green leaves edged in red.

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Price(s): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams, 10 grams
Mescher

Mescher is an older German butterhead (1700’s) that came to North America in the 19th century. It is early and produces small crisp heads whose leaves are edged in red.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Pirat

Pirat is a tender mid-season butterhead with medium-sized heads edged with red.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Buttercrunch

Buttercrunch (c) (AAS 1963) makes a tight crisp green head and is slow to bolt.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Really Red Deer Tongue

Really Red Deer Tongue is a cross of green deer tongue with a very red leaf lettuce. Leaves are long and pointed, dark red all over with a white midrib. Eventually makes a butter-cos heart, but starts out as a cutting leaf lettuce. Breeding work done by Wild Garden Seed emphasizing breeding for taste, disease resistance, and look!

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Plato

Plato is a very dark green romaine with dense heads and good disease resistance.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Forellenschluss

Forellenschluss is an Austrian heirloom romaine whose name translates “speckled like a trout.” The leaves are medium green with splotches of maroon.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
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