These beans did very well on the high Texas plains (4600 ft), in hot, dry condition. The cook well, with a balanced, deep flavor that was well received. Highly Recommended.
With rich color and a lusciously sweet scent of beargrass, this turtle has so much character. A remarkable job of weaving his head and feet. Light in weight yet capable of containing a good deal while entertaining you with every glance.
A friend gave me these seeds as a gift and they have been the most reliable and prolific producer in the Los Angeles heat for the past 5 years. I start these seeds inside mid-February and they produce from first fruit through October and into early November some years. I build large bamboo cages around my tomatoes to assist them growing upwards and have developed healthy soil to guarantee healthy plants. I water less than with other tomato plants and they still produce hundreds of fruit per plant. My plants have reached seven feet and grown back down the other side of the cage. They are susceptible in my area to spider mites and horned worms but not much else.
The only downside is that this variety in the inland LA climate are not very flavorful for fresh eating and are slightly mealy. I dry them and cook them for canned tomatoes and they are outstanding as both.
Again, they are prolific on limited water, not an ideal fresh eating tomato but outstanding dried and canned. For our urban farm, this fits a perfect niche.
Top-quality stuff, beautiful mission...the perfect gift for the desert-loving loved one.
Acelgas is Spanish for chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla) and is in the same species of plant as the sugar beet in the goosefoot family (that Chenopodiaceae). Beta is Latin for beet and vulgaris in this case means simply "common". Originally, I was interested in growing the seeds of this cultivar since Magdalena, New Mexico, USA in Socorro County, NM (south of Albuquerque) but I was wrong about the location. The Native Seed Search (NSS) website mentions that Jesus Garcia of Tucson, Arizona grew this plant from Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico. Both Tucson and Magdelena, Sonora, Mexico are in the Sonoran Desert. Originally, I was interested in growing the seeds of this cultivar since Magdalena, New Mexico, USA in Socorro County, NM but I was wrong about the location. I was not in the least bit disappointed with the plant. Quite the contrary. After growing it for three seasons in both wooden and concrete raised beds of soil, I love it's mild, fresh taste. and hardiness. It responds well to watering but can withstand a drought. It can take a lickin' and keep on tickin' into the late fall in November at the mile high elevation of Albuquerque. Kudos to all associated with this plant. Note: When seed saving of this variety please be mindful of the NSS guidelines since other chards (like Swiss Chard) and beets can hybridize with it. Not good if you want to further this precious living resource.
I use this in almost all my cooking! I love it!!
I am basically a soap fanatic. This sampler is not only a great gift and something great for your guest room, but it's a great way to try them out and pick your favorites. I'm especially partial to the Cedarwood soap, and I like to unwrap it and put a bar in every draw in my bureau... both to try to discourage bugs and because it smells great, then you can use it too!
I also like the Prickley pear soap... and was surprised how much I liked the Black Willow. I recently put out the Black Willow in the guest room when my (male) cousin came for a long visit... since it's not so much a "girly soap" and I've used it myself since he left.
I love Mexican and Southwest foods and already own a copy of the Santa Fe School of Cooking cookbook... but this one is a nice supplement since the recipes are vegetarian. I eat meat, fish, dairy, etc. but my dad was a vegetarian so I grew up eating a wide range of foods and about 1/3 to 1/2 the meals I make are vegetarian just because I enjoy that. Good to have some new recipes and information... now if ONLY I could find out where the heck I put the book... among my "lock down clutter" - OK, focusing on looking for it today since I have some purslane growing and ready and need one of their recipes for it.
I've lived and gardened in a lot of places (MA, ME, CA, NC, VA) before moving to Green Valley. I love to garden but the climate here is sure different... I got this book early last fall (from another source) and it's been a very helpful resource in transitioning to gardening in southern AZ. The difference in what to plan in what season is not intuitive. I have a few challenges since I am disabled and can only garden in containers, plus my elevation is higher than Tucson. Pima County's library had a handout of when to plant what, but really it's based on Tucson which is somewhat different. However, this book helped me a lot. Highly recommended both for new gardeners and those new to gardening in AZ, but as NSS says - you still need to try to see if "this seed works here".
Delicious! Soft yet chewy. Great for bean soup, chili, hummus-type dip, on rice, etc. I accidentally overcooked mine (2 hours was too long).
I sprinkled this seasoning on both sides of my skinless chicken breast and cooked on the grill. It is the best chicken I have ever served from the grill. I have made it numerous times and I have never made chicken this moist and juicy. I highly recommend this seasoning. I have not yet tried it on veggies but intend to grill corn on the cob with this seasoning.
This mix is my favorite pancake mix, bar none!
I'm mildly sarcastic with the neighbors comment, as I had the city called on me over the "giant weeds" growing in my yard.
These seeds quickly germinated and took off, filling a small plot of of my front yard. My main issue that cost me many plants were feral cats that kept digging up the seedlings, but after they were established and a good foot high to start, the shade they cast ended up being a popular respite in the summer for a variety of city wildlife. The plants themselves are gorgeous, with a unique look that I loved to see every day coming home, and they tolerated my inconsiderate self forgetting to water them quite well, coming back strong after nearly wilting to the ground any time I left them for a few days. I pulled leaves here and there for salads, and they added an excellent flavor when mixed in with other greens. Birds and wind took many of the seeds before I could, but my first year was largely intended to test the plants out and get seeds for the future, rather than making a meal. I had several plants come up in the same area the next year on their own!
We used to buy pounds of these from Native Seeds to eat. They haven't been available that way anywhere for years now. We miss them. We tried a few years to grow them but they do not do well in the humid East Coast.
I live in Gilbert and these things grow wild in my yard like weeds. They have come back year after year, and just grow as a weed among my other plants. I don't water them directly but they just get residual water from other plants. I don't cultivate or harvest them, just leave them for the birds mainly.
Saw this growing on its own and on the side of the road in Cornville Arizona with no irrigation. It grew to full maturity in size with no assistance. I have been thinking of growing it ever since.
What can I say about these beans? They were designed to grow with the the types of adversity that Arizona will throw at farmers and gardeners. There is a reason why Native Americans grew these and if you grow them in Arizona you will see why. Another MUST for a desert survival garden.
I didn't know that basil could taste this good! I find myself craving this whenever I eat basil or think about basil. What does that tell you?
These water melons are some of hardiest and strongest water melons that I have ever grown. If you spit the seeds outside into the Arizona desert landscape, the following year's monsoons will bring them to life. They won't just sprout and die like almost any modern watermelon variety. They will grow and reach maturity in unimproved Arizona desert soil. How can you compete with a watermelon like this? I cannot rely on any other watermelon varieties in the Arizona heat and drought conditions of the desert. Have a survival garden? Make sure this variety is a part of it.
I'm not sure if it was all of the love and care given to them over the centuries from the Hopi people but these are amazing. Be sure to grow enough because once you taste one you will be CAREFULLY monitoring when the next one will be ripe. Trust me on that.
These chiles are so good it is a shame that more people do not know about them in North America. I grew them in a container in Northern Arizona and they went through winter outside with regular freezes. Once spring came around and the weather warmed up guess what came back up from the roots? Yes these will regenerate themselves from their roots after going through a whole winter. I neglected them also and didn't water that pot because I was sure they would die just like any other Chile/pepper plant after a freeze. I am definitely growing these out again in 2020. Their flavor and spiciness profile contains things lost in domestication. They may be medicinal.
All around great pepper for the hotter states. Just start it early because as with most peppers it takes some time to reach size to produce fruit.
I grew these in Northern Arizona and they are an excellent dry pole bean. Once you start growing these beans out and taste their flavor you will realize everything that is wrong with commercially available beans that everyone consumes. These beans are so easy to grow and its a shame that they are not more readily available for people to eat. Remember that these Native American varieties will readily cross with other bean varieties.
These are some of the best beans that you can hope to taste in your life. Texture, flavor, you name it they have it. You cannot go back to commercially grown beans after eating these. They are adapted to Northern Arizona but I am sure that they will do good in Southern Arizona also. I didn't really notice any disease or pest issues as they have been grown in the Arizona region for centuries.
This is a highly dependable cherry tomato especially for market gardeners. It is pretty disease resistant and does very well in the heat. I had 15 foot tall plants when properly supported. It has a permanent place in my garden and the flavor is excellent!
Beautiful colors! Did very well in a very dry summer in Ohio. I didn’t realize it was a miniature ear corn. Wish the ears had been bigger.
This is a staple in my chile collection. One of the best ways to get that smoky flavor without adding meat to a dish. Great for vegetarian and vegan dishes!
I have been growing Flamenco, and Moonglow both for about 6 years in a greenhouse in Woodland Park Colorado, elevation 8500. Both are the best producers and most flavorful of all the tomatoes I grow. I clip them on twine to grow vertically, and they get to about 10 foot by September and I am still harvesting them in December!
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I have grown these for a number of years. They consistently produced even in high 90's weather in South Texas.
I got some of these growing as part of a fall mix of spring pollinator... and have this flowering as part of the mix. Very easy to grow in a large pot. I have to say that even with these beautiful pictures in catalog online... the photos do not come close to showing what a gorgeous cobalt blue these flowers are. I love a bright blue flower, which contrasts nicely with what I usually pick (oranges and purples). Next fall I will plant a lot more of these!
I love this mix. I especially love that they have Lima beans in the mix. Besides being very nutritious with fiber, and B vitamins, Limas are a wonderful source for minerals like manganese which boosts the nervous system and brain health. They also have Potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, and calcium. Source: https://www.verywellfit.com/lima-beans-nutrition-facts-4582427 I like to add my own curry powder and have with a little chicken and brown rice. I'm so glad to find this mix here. :o)
I live in dryland Montana, far north from Rio Lucio's homeland. About 30 years ago I grew many desert corns in a drought year without water for a stress test. All plants were stunted, under 2' tall. Rio Lucio was the stress winner. It had the ability to miniaturize it's ears, so it had maybe 500 kernels, but they were tiny. Other lines failed or had a few large kernels. When given water, Rio Lucio makes huge ears. I selected them for long and thin so they would dry faster. After 3 years up north they all began maturing on time dependably.
I crossbred the Rio Lucio to my Painted Mountain Corn for a few years. Then I crossed it again to Painted Mtn. Then for 20 years I kept a strain going which was 25% Rio Lucio. It did well in many places in the world, probably due to the genetic diversity and adaptability. Eventually I added that line about 50% to my Painted Mountain population.
The Southern Rockies Mountain corns have a whole different ancestry than the Northern Plains Indian corns. They also have to adapt to a short season and cold nights in the mountains at 8,000' elevation. By combining the two races, and 30 years of selection I achieved a fairly uniform population that has a diversity of genes for stress survival.
The high mountain desert corns like Rio Lucio have a lot of vigor, big ears, are early maturing and can take stress. This regional race of corn has very few representatives left. They have never been used in breeding modern corns. They should be.
I am also working with other Mountain Concho Corns.
Dave Christensen (406) 930-1663 email@example.com
Big Timber, Montana