A time to celebrate the end of the dry-heat, to rejoice in the crack of lightning, the crash of thunder and the rush of rain that mean it is time to plant. A time to remember that even if the rain clouds are not yet building in the south, they soon will come to quench the land...
I agree with the other commenters that this arugula is great. I planted it in midsummer in Chicago when the temps were in the 90s and had delicious, ready to harvest plants in a few weeks. Will keep planting it into the fall.
Gave this seed mix as a present to my parents, and they have been sending me pics of new utterly lovely blooms every few days since early spring. Such a joy! And the bees and butterflies clearly love it all as well!!
High quality seeds. Everything I ordered was well packaged and quick to arrive. These little guys were the first to sprout after just ONE day in their soil blocks inside.
I bruise super easy especially on my forearms. I’ve been using this for the past week and it gets rid of my bruises very quickly, normally they last for at least 2 weeks but these were gone in a few days as was a small cut also on my forearm. The best thing about it is that it smells like our Arizona rain (yes I know it’s the rain soaked creosote that produces the scent). It might be that it’s the end of July and it still hasn’t rained at my home that makes me constantly smell my arms when I use it:)
Emailed gift card arrived promptly and my friend (the recipient) bought many seeds with it. We are both thrilled! Thanks for all you do, Native Seeds. :)
I tried it for psoriasis, but it made the skin worse. Stopped after 3 days.
Wil Taylor collaborated with South Tucson Printer - Dwight Metzger - at the Gloo Factory to screen print his monarch butterfly design on the totes. And Dougla-Prieta Women's Sewing Cooperative, near the Arizona- Sonora, Mexico border. They do great work!
This bean has amazing flavors... This bean has wonderful stripes that disappear when cooked. It is great in recipes with stewed tomatoes, cumin/other spices, and your choice of meats (I usually puree 1/3 of beans and add to recipe as well. It is also a great bean to use in refried bean recipes. ENJOY!
These earrings have such quality workmanship! There are no rough metal surfaces on the back surface of the stud, and the sterling silver earring clutches are nicely sized to hold the stud flat against your ear. Beautifully colored stone, lightweight on your ear, and very comfortable to wear with all sterling silver metal.
Since discovering this place during a visit to Tucson, many years ago, have loved everything I've ordered. So thankful they ship out of state. Being a huge bean and chile lover, this place fits the bill!! Never knew there were so many beans!
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.
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