Seed List for 2021

Friends always ask us for a copy of our seed list for the garden each year. We usually oblige them by posting it with a For Goodness Sake newsletter in the hope it will inspire them in their own little outdoor corner of paradise. Most of the seeds we choose are organic and, when possible, heirlooms. Occasionally, we will purchase seed from a company that is not organic but is definitely non-GMO if that is the best we can do. We have an arrangement with Northern Dutchess Botanical Garden in Rhinebeck, New York (about half an hour’s drive from the Spiral House) to start many of our seeds for us. Consider grow lights for an early start indoors at your own property. There are lots of wonderful new LED models now.


  • HVLC=Hudson Valley Seed Company,
  • High Mowing=High Mowing Seed Company,
  • Johnny’s=Johnny Select Seeds,
  • Territorial=Territorial Seed Company,
  • Grow Organic=Peaceful Valley Seeds,
  • Renee’s=Renee’s Garden Seeds,


Others: Crimson Sage Medicinal Plant Nursery, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Swallowtail Garden Seeds 




  • Asian Greens: Shanghai Green Baby Bok Choy (HVSL)
  • Beans: Panther Edamame Soybean, Emerite (HVSL); Provider Bush, Kentucky Wonder, Gold Rush Yellow Wax, Maxibel Haricot Vert, Northeaster (High Mowing)
  • Beets: Detroit Red, Ruby Queen, Early Wonder (HVSC)
  • Broccoli: Belstar F-1, (Johnny’s organic); Covina F-1, Spring Raab Broccoli Raab (High Mowing); Pacman F1 (Grow With Us Seeds, Etsy); Piracicaba (HVSC)
  • Carrots: Danvers, Scarlet Nantes (HVSC)
  • Chard: Rainbow, Silverado, Rhubarb red-stemmed large leaf (HVSC)
  • Cucumbers: National Pickling, Marketmore, 76, (High Mowing); Sweet Green Armenian (Johnny’s organic)
  • Eggplant: Ping Tung (HVSC); Rosa Bianca, Michal F1 (High Mowing)
  • Fennel: Solaris, Orion F-1 for fall harvest (High Mowing)
  • Greens: Bopak F1 Pac Choy, Garnet Giant Mustard Greens, Red Giant Mustard Greens (High Mowing)
  • Lettuce and lettuce-like: Arugula, Joker, Spotted Trout, Prizehead (HVSC); Dark Lollo Rossa, Jericho, Magenta, Green Towers, Black Seeded Simpson (High Mowing)
  • Kale: Lacinato, Red Russian, Westlander (High Mowing) 
  • Leek transplants: Lancelot (Territorial)
  • Parsnip: Lancer (High Mowing)
  • Peas: Sugar Snap, Green Arrow Shelling (High Mowing)
  • Peppers: Bridge to Paris (HVSC); Bastian F1 Poblano, California Sweet Wonder, Early Jalapeno,  Shishito, Hungarian Hot Wax, Primero Red F1 Habanero (1/3 the heat) (High Mowing); Sweet Pimiento, Picnic (Grow Organic)
  • Radish: German Giant (Grow Organic), Watermelon, Cherry Belle, Daikon (HVSC)
  • Scallions: Evergreen (HVSL)
  • Spinach: Abundant Bloomsdale (HVSC)
  • Squash: Tromboncino (Territorial); Green-striped cushaw, Jack-be-Little (Eden Brothers); Baby Butternut Squash Honey Nut (Renee’s); Yellow Crookneck (HVSC); Green Machine F1 Zucchini (High Mowing)
  • Sweet Potatoes: Beauregard slips, All-purple slips (Southern Exposure Seed Exchange) 
  • Tomatoes: Arkansas Marvel, Evergreen, Aussie, Big Beef, Black Krim, Brandywine Sudduth’s Strain, Chadwick Cherry, Georgia Streak, Orange Beefsteak, San Marzano Redorta, Martino’s Roma, Kellogg’s Breakfast; (Tomatofest); Sungold (Renee’s)
  • Turnip: Purple Top White Globe Turnip (High Mowing)



  • Basil: Genovese, Italian Large Leaf, (HVSC); Mammoth (Eden Brothers);  Sacred Basil (High Mowing)
  • Chervil: Brussel’s Winter (Southern Exposure)
  • Cilantro: Cilantro (HVSC)
  • Dill: Bouquet, (High Mowing); Hera (Johnny’s)
  • Lemon Verbena: 12 Lemon Verbena plants (Crimson Sage Medicinal Plant Nursery)
  • Parsley: Giant Italian (High Mowing)



  • Ageratum: Blue Horizon F-1 (Johnny’s)
  • Celosia: Pampas Plume (Johnny’s)
  • Marigold: (For Sara) Red Gem, Lemon Gem (Johnny’s)
  • Zinnia: Senora, Zowie Yellow Flame, giant Dahlia-flowered coral, Benary’s Giant Purple, Benary’s Giant Coral, Benary’s Yellow (Johnny’s); Profusion White, Zahara Double Raspberry  (Swallowtail Garden Seeds); Zinderella (Harris)
  • Nasturtium: Phoenix, Alaska Raspberry (Swallowtail)
  • Salvia:  Big Blue (Swallowtail)


Reserve Seedling Stock from Northern Dutchess Botannical Gardens, Rhinebeck, NY:


  • 110 Verbena Homestead Purple plants
  • 5 Verbena Bonariensis plants
  • 5 Salvia Indigo Spire plants
  • 50 4-inch pots Bidens or 50 4-inch pots, depending how they come
  • 40 4-inch pots bright scarlet red low creeping Verbena plants
  • 20 Dichondra silver falls plants
  • 15 flats mixed portulaca
  • 4 flats white bacopa
  • 4 flats lavender bacopa
  • 2 organic French tarragon plants
  • 2 organic Thai basil plants
  • 2 organic culinary sage