Warm soil is key

to success with summer's hot-weather crops.

Corn, beans, squash, chard can all go in around your last frost date. Melons, eggplants, okra, and tropical plants will want to go in 2 weeks later. Sow every 2 weeks, until you are 3-4 months from your fall frost date--you don't want everything to ripen at once and then be gone. Corn is especially important to sow again, or sow both early and late varieties, because it doesn't hold on the plant. But bush beans, melons, and even zucchini tend to peter out unless you have new plants coming along.

If your climate doesn't warm the soil to 70 degrees, consider a cold frame or row cover. 

Warmth is especially important if the soil is very wet. Moisture makes it easier for rot to infect your seeds. And wet soil is colder than dry soil.


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Vsq 5430acornsq
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Acorn, Ebony (Table Queen) Squash, Organic

(1913) Very early with short bushy vines. Acorn-shaped, ribbed fruits dark-green 1-2 lbs. Small seed cavity. Fine-textured flesh that is tender, sweet nutty,...
  • Days to maturity: 90
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Corn+amish+butter+flavored
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Amish Butter-Flavored Popcorn, organic

Creamy, buttery flavored Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom from 1885. Thanks to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for rediscovering this treasure, and Krista Rome fo...
  • Days to maturity: 100
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • Seeds per packet: 60
Lettuce+anuenue
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Anuenue Summercrisp Lettuce

The only lettuce we know that will sprout in temperatures above 85°F without special treatment. A wonderful summer lettuce, developed in Hawaii. Does equally...
  • Days to maturity: 68-87
  • When to plant: Winter
  • Spacing: 8-9
Orach+aurora
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Aurora Orach, Organic

An amazing rainbow of bright and unusual colors really jazzes up summer salads and vegetable plates: red, gold, green, pink, carmine, and purple. The leaves ...
  • Days to maturity: 37-60
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Germination days: 7-14
Phacelia+close
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Bee Friendly Collection

If you are concerned about the bees, here is something you can do-grow pesticide-free nectar and pollen plants for them. Happy in the ground or in a pot. Gre...
Squash+bennings
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Benning's Light Green Patty Pan, organic

Top-quality flavor and textureHeirloom from 1914. Called "patty pan" squash because their round scalloped shape looks like a little pie. We feel that these...
  • Days to maturity: 52
  • When to plant: Late spring
  • Spacing: 15-18
Vsq 5410 black beauty
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Black Beauty Zucchini, organic

Bush. Popular heirloom zucchini for home gardens for many years. This does not have the drought-or-cold-resistance of Dark Star, but it is dependable and tas...
  • Days to maturity: 54
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Watermelon+blacktail+mtn
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Blacktail Mountain Watermelon

The earliest-ripening watermelon we know. This variety has enabled many gardeners and farmers to grow ripe sweet watermelon for the first time ever. Its stro...
  • Days to maturity: 72
  • Spacing: 12-24
  • Germination days: 10-14
Bean+blue+lake
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Blue Lake Bush Green Bean, Organic

Pacific Northwest heirloom, well-adapted to cooler summers. Many gardeners have been distressed to find that their Blue Lake pole beans didn't do well the pa...
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • When to plant: After danger of frost
  • Germination days: 8-16
Mbo 6240lettucemixed
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Bolt-resistant Lettuce Mix

Tolerant of heat and long summer days these are the lettuces least likely to bolt when the days get long and hot. BOTANICAL NAME: Lactuca sativa GROWING IN...
  • Days to maturity: 50-65
  • Spacing: 10-12
  • Germination days: 2-15
Vcu 3445+boston+pickling+cucumber
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Boston Pickling Cucumber

From 1880, high-yielding, bears continually if picked. Good for canning size, up to 6"x2". Popular old reliable pickler.BOTANICAL NAME: Cucumis sativus GROWI...
  • Germination days: 10-20
  • Seeds per packet: 40
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
Cover+amaranth+girls2
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Burgundy Grain Amaranth, Organic

Beautiful big plants to 5-7 feet with both leaves and seed heads of intense deep red. Produces large yields of white seed, excellent for grain use. (Many red...
  • Days to maturity: 100-120
  • Seeds per packet: 300
  • Germination days: 5-14
Squash+buttercup
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Buttercup Squash, organic

The standard of excellence for winter squash-deep orange, dry, flaky, and very sweet. Good in cool climates.Develops its sweetness early, so while the inevit...
  • Days to maturity: 95
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Vam 2030
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Calaloo (Tampala) Amaranth

Large, tender leaves with deep red centers. Heat-loving green from Asia that tastes like spinach. Great in containers. Pinch top when about 6" to encourage b...
  • Days to maturity: 40-50
  • Seeds per packet: 300
  • When to plant: Early summer
Vbe 2160+ca+blackeyed+pea
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California Black Eyed Peas

Bush variety. Customers say these are "unbelievably easy to grow". Erect, high-yielding plants bear creamy-textured beans with distinct, delicious flavor. BO...
  • Seeds per packet: 130
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Germination days: 8-16
Okra
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Clemson Spineless Okra, Organic

All-America winner in 1939. Most popular okra. 3-5' mildly bushy stalks bearing quality, straight spineless 6-9" pods with a 2" diameter. Rich green color. P...
  • Days to maturity: 50-64
  • Germination days: 10-15
  • Seeds per packet: 50
Squash+cocozelle
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Cocozelle Zucchini Squash

Famous for sweet flavor this Italian Heirloom is a staff favorite. Small seed cavity, outstanding flavor and texture. In our trials, it was the best-tasting ...
  • Days to maturity: 53
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Bean+contender
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Contender Bush Green Bean

Known for its early and high yields since its introduction in 1949. Tender, stringless pods 5-7" long. Tolerates heat & mildew. Great for canning & f...
  • Days to maturity: 40-50
  • When to plant: After danger of frost
  • Germination days: 8-16
Cougar batavian lettuce
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Cougar Summer Crisp Lettuce

A great-tasting lettuce for hot summers. The complex, non-bitter flavor really impressed us. This new variety has the heat-resistance of a Batavian with the ...
  • Variety code: Ossi
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Spacing: 8-9
Watermelon+crimson sweet
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Crimson Sweet Watermelon

Staff pick for quality and flavor.Deep red, firm flesh with a high sugar content and rich, complex, taste. The most disease-resistant watermelon we carry, wi...
  • Spacing: 12-24
  • Days to maturity: 90
  • Germination days: 10-14
Melon+dakota+sisters
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Dakota Sisters Melon, Organic, OSSI

Short-season but sweet--great texture and flavor for organic growers in difficult climates.A delightfully flavorful, sweet, and aromatic short-season melon...
  • Planting depth: 1/2"
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Germination days: 7-10
Squash+dark+star
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Dark Star Zucchini, Organic

Bush. Combines great springtime performance in cooler soils and marginal conditions, with a big root system that goes deep to find water and resist drought. ...
  • Days to maturity: 54
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • Spacing: 15-18
Bean+dragon+tongue+jamie
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Dragon Tongue Wax Bush Bean, Organic

Crisp pods stay tender and sweet.We consider this the best tasting bush bean.Heirloom from the 1800's, also called Dragon Langerie. Flat, creamy, 8" yellow p...
  • When to plant: After danger of frost
  • Germination days: 8-16
  • Days to maturity: 60
Watermelon+moonbeamcrop+
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Early Moonbeam Watermelon

Out-of-this world flavor--Small round watermelon with yellow flesh  Staff favorite of the small icebox-size melons.We have been trying to get seed for this f...
  • Days to maturity: 78
  • Spacing: 12-24
  • Germination days: 10-14
Edible+flwr+bowl
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Edible Flower Collection

A rainbow of safe and tasty flowers for salad, veggie platters, cakes, drinks, and garnish. A variety of seasons and bloom times. Perfect in vegetable beds, ...
Vco 3299florianicorn
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Floriani Corn, Organic

The most sought-after polenta corn. Heirloom from the Valsugana Valley of Italy, and renowed for its fabulous flavor. Small, popcorn-like kernels are a lovel...
  • Days to maturity: 100
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • When to plant: Mid-summer
Chard+fordhook
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Fordhook Giant Chard, Organic

Classic Swiss chard with huge dark green extra-glossy savoyed leaves.A broad silvery-white midrib which can be cooked separately. This one has proven most to...
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Spacing: 8
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
Backlit+corn
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Four Fresh Sisters Seed Collection

We’ve freshened up the traditional Three Sisters—corn, beans, squash These are varieties for fresh eating instead of dry storage. And, we’ve added a traditio...
Corn golden bantam 8 row
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Golden Bantam Sweet Corn

Heirloom from 1902, and still a favorite. This is the original 8-row strain which was the first popular yellow sweet corn. 8 rows of yellow kernels on 7" ear...
  • Days to maturity: 70
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • When to plant: Mid-summer
Chard%2c+marigolds
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Good Companions Collection

A beautiful way to fight pests--grow nectar plants for helpful insect predators.Tested in our gardens-it works for us! These are companion plants that make a...
Vme 4370melon haogen web
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Haogen Melon

Fragrant, sweet green-fleshed melon, sometimes swirled with pink. Divine flavor. Smooth rind with green sutures. Vigorous vines, with heavy crops of small fr...
  • Days to maturity: 75
  • Spacing: 15
  • Germination days: 7-10
Vme 4372
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Hearts of Gold Melon

Hearts of Gold is a high-quality cantaloupe with deep orange-red flesh, and very rich sweet flavor. Heirloom from 1895. There is a festival in its honor ever...
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Spacing: 15
  • Germination days: 7-10
Bea 0301 large
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How To Grow More Vegetables and Fruits and Nuts and ...

On sale  50% off. We are awaiting the next edition, and so this 8th edition is a terrific bargain. This is the book that helped revolutionize food production...
Melon+ice+cream
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Ice Cream Melon, Organic

DESCRIPTION: The Ice Cream Melon is a green-fleshed, very sweet and luscious melon, also known by some as "the green machine" because it pumps out so many me...
  • When to plant: 3 wks last frost
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Spacing: 15
Vsq 5385banana
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Jumbo Pink Banana Squash

West Coast favorite since 1893, now gaining admirers nationwide for its moist, creamy texture, sweet, rich flavor, and large yield. Great roasted or in soups...
  • Days to maturity: 105
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Vcu 3440 dscf2272 web
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Lemon Cucumber, Organic

From 1894, size and shape of a lemon. Eat when small and pale. Crunchy white flesh on the inside is mild and surprisingly sweet. Very easy to digest. Excelle...
  • Days to maturity: 58-70
  • Seeds per packet: 40
  • Germination days: 7-10
Corn+little+giant
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Little Giant Sweet Corn, Organic

Not just a novelty, this little plant makes tasty, good-sized golden ears super early. Yummy corn flavor. We really liked the way the 3'-4' stalks didn't cas...
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • Seeds per packet: 60
Squash+lower+salmon
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Lower Salmon River Squash, organic

Idaho heirloom, rare and special. The earliest-maturing longkeeper we know. Develops sweetness even in high-altitude areas with cold nights. Drought-resistan...
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Days to maturity: 90
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Corn+magic+manna
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Magic Manna Flour Corn

Bred for earliness, vigor, and resilience, as well as flavor and cooking characteristics. Solid colored ears of three basic colors—deep-red, tan, or white/pe...
  • Variety code: Ossi
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Planting depth: 1-2
Vsu 5550 mammoth web
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Mammoth Sunflower, organic

Tall, single, large flowered for early planting with giant heads full of large seeds. Very showy. Fairly heavy feeder. Likes an alkaline soil and moisture. P...
  • Days to maturity: 120
  • Spacing: 24
  • Seeds per packet: 50
Vcu 3441 jamie+pics+october+2010+215
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Marketmore 76 Cucumber, Organic

Dark green 8" blunt-ended fruit. Prolific and vigorous plant, tolerant to mosaic. Great home garden variety of the "supermarket" type cucumber. BOTANICAL NA...
  • Days to maturity: 58-75
  • Seeds per packet: 40
  • Germination days: 7-10
Purslane
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Purslane Greens, Organic

Does well in any garden soil, and loves hot weather. Fleshy, crunchy leaves have a fresh, very slightly lemony flavor, great in summer salads. Popular in man...
  • When to plant: Spring
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Seeds per packet: 200
Mch 6280  chards rainbow web
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Rainbow Chard Mix, Organic

Beautiful in planters and flower beds, nice cut young for salads. Red, yellow, pink, purple, white, and orange. BOTANICAL NAME: Beta vulgaris GROWING INSTRUC...
  • Spacing: 8
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
  • Seeds per packet: 50
Vbe 2325 jamie pics october 2010 212 web
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Rattlesnake Pole Green Bean

Standout for quality and quantity in our trials, and customers rave about them. Outstanding flavor, and 100-degree heat didn't stop them from producing lots ...
  • When to plant: After danger of frost
  • Days to maturity: 70
  • Germination days: 8-16
Cucumber+silver+2
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Silver Slicer Cucumber, Organic

Fantastic fresh-eating cucumber with white skin, and very sweet, mild, crisp flesh. Gaining a following who insist it is the best-tasting cuke of all. It is ...
  • Days to maturity: 58-68
  • When to plant: After last frost, or 3 weeks earlier indoors
  • Seeds per packet: 25
Vpu 5002 pumpkin kakai2 web
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Styrian Pumpkin, Kakai

This pumpkin is grown for its hulless seeds. Not sort of hulless, but absolutely without hulls and ready to eat. A delicious high protein treat, with many he...
  • Spacing: 30
  • Seeds per packet: 10
  • Days to maturity: 100
Watermelon+julie
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Sugar Baby Watermelon, Organic

Extremely sweet small melon. Vigorous vines produce round fruits 8-12 lbs. Flesh is medium red, crisp, firm and solid with few seeds. Very productive, resist...
  • Days to maturity: 78
  • Spacing: 12-24
  • Germination days: 10-14
Vco 3347
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Top Hat Sweet Corn, Organic

A new yellow sweet corn from Oregon farmer/breeder Jonathan Spero of Lupine Knoll Farm. Top Hat was a favorite in our trial this year, with well-filled, plum...
  • Days to maturity: 82
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • When to plant: Mid-summer
Vsq 5469+trombocino
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Tromboncino (Zucchini Rampicante) Squash

Vine. C. moschata We love this Italian squash with a long neck and bulbed end. Rich flavor and good keeping ability can even be used as a winter squash if th...
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
  • Days to maturity: 60
Vco 3348 tuxana web
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Tuxana Sweet Corn, Organic

New sweet corn from traditional plant breeder Jonathan Spero at Lupine Knoll Farm in Oregon. He has been working to bring a little more sweetness into open-p...
  • Days to maturity: 83
  • Planting depth: 1-2
  • When to plant: Mid-summer
Vsq 5470 spaghetti
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Vegetable Spaghetti Squash, Organic

Vine. Oval golden squash is easy to grow and cook. Baked, microwaved, or boiled fruits divide into spaghetti-like strands with a fork. Vines are productive, ...
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Days to maturity: 100
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Vsq 5440 jamie pics october 2010 103 web
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Waltham Butternut Squash, Organic

AAS 1970. A vigorous vining type with light-tan bottle shaped fruits up to 3-6 lbs. Light orange, rich dry flesh with a delicious nutty flavor. A small seed ...
  • Days to maturity: 110
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Vpu 5015 jamie+pics+october+2010+136
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Winter Luxury Pumpkin, Organic

Heirloom from 1893 especially for the best pies, soups and main dishes. Makes the most velvety pumpkin pie. Productive, medium-size (10" or so), almost globe...
  • Spacing: 30
  • Seeds per packet: 15
  • Days to maturity: 100
Vbe 2340+yard long+bean
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Yard-Long Pole Green Bean

Vigorous vines to 10' should be trellised. From tropical Asia-thrives on heat. Thin, tender pods 12-30" long are excellent snap beans when young. These are t...
  • Days to maturity: 70-80
  • When to plant: After danger of frost
  • Germination days: 8-16
Vsq 5370 crookneck
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Yellow Crookneck Squash, Organic

Bush. Fruits in profusion, with mild flavor. Old-time favorite. The crookneck yellow summer squashes are a day or two later than straightneck types, but inco...
  • Days to maturity: 58
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2
Vbe 2331yellow+wax
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Yellow Wax Bush Bean, Organic

Yellow color shows up well for picking, and the texture is juicy, brittle, and succulent. Terrific for summer salads--just steam lightly and chill. Or cook l...
  • When to plant: After danger of frost
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
  • Planting depth: 1
Squash+zapallo
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Zapallo del Tronco Squash

Buttery-sweet flavor, unique and delicious, raw or cooked. Best keeper among summer squash. Best raw flavor, too. Cooked, it tastes as if it has butter on it...
Squash+delicata+zepplin
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Zeppelin Delicata Winter Squash, Organic, OSSI

Ivory-cream skin with dark-green stripes. (1894) We have had many requests for this sweet little squash. Fruits 3 x 8h, have rich, moist sweet flesh, almost...
  • Days to maturity: 90
  • Spacing: 15-18
  • Planting depth: 1.5-2