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Winter gardens give long, long harvest

--no other gardens offer so much reward for so little work.

For how-to info, see the articles at the bottom of this page.

Some vegetables deserve special mention: Fennel, Sprouting Broccoli (Quarantina and Purple), and Chinese Cabbage are special fall delicacies--hard to grow in the lengthening days of spring, but easy in fall.  Spinach is also easier, with a much longer season in fall. Winter Lettuces are bred to be cold-hardy as adult plants, rather than just as baby greens like other lettuce. In addition, spring crops will also do well in the less-demanding conditions of fall.

The key is to start early enough that the plants can mature before winter. Late July or early August is a great time to start with the longer-season vegetables like broccoli, onion, and cabbage.  Faster-growing crops like Lettuce and  greens can be sown all the way up to your frost date in mild areas, and a month before frost in cold zones.

While most insects are not active in winter, slugs and snails come into their own.  Hand-picking, copper strips, and providing a hiding place which can be thrown away (like a paper towel roll) are all helpful strategies. If you can keep it shielded from rain, a jar of beer will lure them in to drown.



Popular This Season:
Cau 6920 austrian+field+pea+2
On Sale 15%

Austrian Winter Field Pea, Organic

Small, yellow soup peas with dark skins. The green shoots make a wonderful winter salad crop, hardy down to 0 degrees. Along with kale and spinach, you can h...
  • Seeds per packet: 900
  • Planting depth: 1.5-3
  • Days to maturity: 70-182
Vpa 4731
On Sale 15%

Bedford Monarch Parsnip

A very rare old English parsnip variety. Long white roots with broad shoulders and sweet flavor. The roots can get huge & therefore provide a very high y...
  • Germination days: 15-28
  • Seeds per packet: 180
  • Days to maturity: 100
Vle 4260 bronze+arrow+lettuce
On Sale 15%

Bronze Arrow Looseleaf Lettuce

A rare, long-standing heirloom leaf lettuce that has it all. Our own strain, unavailable elsewhere. The head in the picture sprouted from spilled seed in the...
  • Spacing: 8-9
  • Days to maturity: 60
  • Germination days: 2-15
Beet+chioggia
On Sale 15%

Chioggia, Candystripe Beet, Organic

Italian heirloom from 1840. Sweet, mild tasty beet with rosy pink skin and vibrant green leaves. Slices are spectacular with deep-pink and white rings like a...
  • Days to maturity: 55
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
Cabbage+copenhagen+market
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Copenhagen Market Cabbage, Organic

Danish heirloom from before 1909, and the standard of excellence for fresh use since then. Solid heads reach 6-8" in diameter, weigh 3-4 pounds, and resist s...
  • Days to maturity: 63-100
  • Germination days: 6-12
  • Seeds per packet: 85
Greens+dragon+tongue blended
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Dragon Tongue Mustard, Organic, OSSI

Very sweet mustard flavor, and a pinch of heat. Wide crunchy midribs. Last mustard to bolt in spring. Outstanding new salad/cooking green from wizard Frank M...
  • Days to maturity: 35-50
  • Variety code: Ossi
  • Germination days: 9-12
Vbe 2465 early+wonder+tall+top+beet
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Early Wonder Tall Top Beet, organic

Early and easy with great flavor, and lots of greens for cooking-Early Wonder has been a favorite in home gardens and farmer's markets for many years. Heart-...
  • Days to maturity: 45
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Spacing: 4
Ven 3572 frisee web
On Sale 15%

Frisee Endive, organic

A heirloom triple-cut curly endive from France. This is the feathery, finely-branched pale leaf you see in salad mix in winter. Grows like lettuce but more s...
  • Seeds per packet: 180
  • Days to maturity: 60
  • Germination days: 2-15
Vco 3240 dsc 0327 web
On Sale 15%

Georgia Collards

Old Southern heirloom from 1880 with crumpled, very tender leaves. We have received many comments from customers who really appreciate the flavor of this par...
  • Days to maturity: 60-80
  • Germination days: 5-17
  • When to plant: Mid-summer
Vsp 5300 spinach giant winter done web
On Sale 15%

Giant Winter Spinach

We have found a re-selected and improved strain of this classic winter spinach. The most cold hardy variety with large arrowhead leaves, slightly savoyed or ...
  • Days to maturity: 70
  • Germination days: 6-21
  • When to plant: Mild winter
Vtu 5925 gilfeatherturnip2
On Sale 15%

Gilfeather Turnip, Organic

An heirloom that has become a New England classic, with a festival in its honor in Wardsboro, VT. (All the dishes served at the festival contain this, Wardsb...
  • Germination days: 4-8
  • Days to maturity: 85
  • Planting depth: 1/4-1/2
Vmu 4455greenwave
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Green Wave Mustard Greens, Organic

Big, easy to grow, flavorful curly mustard. Large, bright-green leaves with frilled edges are hot when raw, with rich, deep almost smoky.flavor cooked. Class...
  • Days to maturity: 35-60
  • Germination days: 9-12
  • Seeds per packet: 200
Vle 4272 lettuce hungarian web
On Sale 15%

Hungarian Pink Winter Butterhead Lettuce

This old European heirloom is one of the most beautiful vegetables we've seen. Round green heads, larger and firmer than most butterheads, brushed with pink....
  • Spacing: 9-12
  • When to plant: Winter
  • Days to maturity: 60
Vru 5212
On Sale 15%

Joan Rutabaga, organic

People are rediscovering the rutabaga Partly because it's related to kale and shares many of the same health benefits, and partly because of the flavor and v...
  • Germination days: 4-8
  • Planting depth: 3/8
  • Days to maturity: 95
Vka 3910 jamie+pics+october+2010+192
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Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale, Organic

Italian heirloom-a best-seller with great looks and flavor. Delicious dark blue-green leaves, heavily savoyed (like dinosaur skin). Milder and more tender th...
  • Seeds per packet: 85
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
  • Planting depth: 1/4-1/2
Cabbage+chinese+with+hand
On Sale 15%

Matsushima Chinese Cabbage

Easy-to-grow barrel-head type for late summer and fall planting. Mild flavor, crunchy texture, like an "iceberg" cabbage. Likes decreasing temperatures and d...
  • Days to maturity: 70-80
  • Germination days: 6-12
  • Spacing: 10
Onion+mill+creek+onion
On Sale 15%

Mill Creek Red Onion

A local heirloom we have saved from extinction bolt-resistant and very long-keeping. In recent trials it was the only red onion to do equally well planted ei...
  • Days to maturity: 115
  • When to plant: Late spring
  • Germination days: 10-14
Miners+letttuce
On Sale 15%

Miners Lettuce (Claytonia)

 Extremely hardy for winter salads tender juicy leaves with mild buttery flavor. Wild American native is easy to grow and tolerates shade.Super-nutritious. A...
  • Days to maturity: 40
  • Spacing: Broadcast
  • Seeds per packet: 200
02016.01minutina.cat
On Sale 15%

Minutina, (Erba Stella, Staghorn)

Crunchy, succulent leaves Ultra cold-hardy for winter saladsMinutina, like miner's lettuce, corn salad, and mizuna, stands all winter, even in Maine, in an u...
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Seeds per packet: 500
  • Spacing: 8
Vgr 3670 mizuna web
On Sale 15%

Mizuna Asian Greens

Mild, feathery green is a major part of almost all salad mixes. Vigorous plants grow quickly to 12-24" and 2-4 pounds. Or cut when 3-4" for salad mix (28 day...
  • Days to maturity: 40-65
  • Spacing: 10
  • Seeds per packet: 80
Vfe 3580 fennel perfection web
On Sale 15%

Perfection Fennel, Organic

Grown for the "bulb", the thick juicy base of the stems, like celery. Chop into salads or cook; mild anise flavor decreases with cooking. Delicious braised, ...
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Germination days: 2-15
Vca 2750 cabbage primo2 web
On Sale 15%

Primo Cabbage

An old favorite. Very early, and fast growing with sweet flavor. Compact, ball-headed Golden Acre type. These heirloom cabbages are becoming hard to find as ...
  • Days to maturity: 52-65
  • Germination days: 6-12
  • Seeds per packet: 85
Vtu 5945 mysuburbanhomestead
On Sale 15%

Purple Top White Globe Turnip, Organic

This is a very popular turnip because of its handsome shape, fine quality and attractive appearance. Produces uniform roots, each one as smooth and round as ...
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Seeds per packet: 160
  • Germination days: 5-10
Vca 2760 rdrumhead
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Red Drumhead Cabbage

A very special heirloom red cabbage, hard to find in the US, with excellent flavor and a good keeper. Deep purple color is not lost in cooking or pickling. S...
  • Days to maturity: 74-95
  • Germination days: 6-12
  • Seeds per packet: 85
Vbr 2550 romanesco web
On Sale 15%

Romanesco Broccoli, Heading

Crunchy, with nutty, mild flavor. spiraling apple-green heads up to 6" wide. Stocky plants make a single big head. Does well in the North. This is more like ...
  • Days to maturity: 75-100
  • Germination days: 5-17
  • Spacing: 15
Vbr 2639
On Sale 15%

Roodnerf Brussels Sprouts

Hard-to-find variety known for its high quality. Brussels Sprouts can be tricky but Roodnerf is highly-rated for easy cultivation and excellent heading. Very...
  • Seeds per packet: 75
  • Days to maturity: 120
  • Germination days: 5-17
Vca 2970 st valery web
On Sale 15%

Saint Valery Carrot

 A legendary carrot, French heirloom from 1885. Very smooth, uniform root with bright red-orange skin. Large: 10-12" with 2-3" shoulder. Flesh is fine-graine...
  • Seeds per packet: 800
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Germination days: 6-21
Vka 3931
On Sale 15%

Scarlet Kale

An unusual type of kale. We don't know of any other heirloom curly kale that is red. Color develops with frost. Very curly, very red. More tender than the hy...
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
  • Germination days: 3-7
  • Planting depth: 1/4-1/2
Cauliflower+snowball
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Snowball Cauliflower, Organic

6-7" solid pure white heads protected by outer leaves. Sure header, long harvest. BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica oleracea GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Sow in spring for...
  • Seeds per packet: 90
  • Germination days: 5-20
  • Days to maturity: 70
Broccoli+solstice
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Solstice Broccoli, Organic, OSSI

Ready very early and produces for a long time. Heads are on long stems above the foliage-easy to see and harvest and safer from slugs and snails. Small org...
  • Days to maturity: 45-84
  • Germination days: 5-17
  • When to plant: Late summer
Mas 6210 asian mix daphne
On Sale 15%

Spicy Mix

Baby greens for light cooking or those who like a more zesty salad. BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica rapaGROWING INSTRUCTIONS:Plant on 6" centers, or sow broadcast f...
  • Days to maturity: 40-60
  • Germination days: 9-12
  • Seeds per packet: 400
Green+tatsoi
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Tatsoi Asian Greens, Organic

Used in almost all salad mixes, as the mild little center leaves are out where you can get at them, rather than hidden inside the bunch. Flat, deep green ros...
  • Days to maturity: 45
  • Spacing: 10
  • Seeds per packet: 80
Vpa 4791 lg homeschooler
On Sale 15%

Tender and True Parsnip

Fine-flavored old English variety that has become unavailable in recent years. Truly delicious roasted or braised, with a very sweet rich flavor and tender t...
  • Germination days: 15-28
  • Seeds per packet: 180
  • Days to maturity: 100
Cauliflower+violetta+duller
On Sale 15%

Violetta Cauliflower

Beautiful purple cauliflower heads with great flavor from Italy. Can be planted in spring for summer crop, or in a cold frame in fall. BOTANICAL NAME: Brass...
  • Germination days: 5-20
  • Days to maturity: 70
  • Seeds per packet: 25
Kale+white+russ
On Sale 15%

White Russian Kale, Organic

The most winter-hardy kale we offer, to zone 4.And the most resistant to flooding and soggy soils. Has won many taste tests in spite of its tough constitutio...
  • Spacing: 12"
  • Planting depth: 1/4"
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
Lettuce+jericho+above+textured

Starting Lettuce in Hot Weather

1) Choose bolt-resistant varieties. To simplify that, we have a Summer Salad Collection and a Bolt-Resistant Mix 2)Put the seed in a dry, closed jar in the refrigerator for a few days. Most lettuce varieties do not like to sprout if  the seeds hav...
Frosty+cardoon

Winter Garden: How

Winter survival depends on more than just cold: excess dryness, alternating high and low temperatures, and saturated soil will all kill plants that might have survived the cold. Here is a simple checklist for winter survival:Choose the right varie...
Red+cabbage

Winter Garden: Where and When

Siting the Winter Garden It is important to site your winter garden in a place best for the plants, but even more important that it be where you will remember to use it. Try to find a good place close to the door so you can check your pla...