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genovesebasil Genovese Basil
(Ocimum basilicum)

An annual heirloom. Certified organic! This classic Italian basil is most often used for making pesto. It has a sweet fragrance and is slow to bolt. Its large green leaves average 2 inches long. Start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost, or directly in garden beds once soil temperatures reach 70F. Can be grown indoors during the winter for a year round harvest. Basil is rich in vitamin K and beta-carotene, natural anti-inflammatory ingredients. 65 days to maturity. 50 seeds in regular seed packets. 10 seeds in sample packet.


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starflowerborage Starflower Borage
(Borago officinalis)

A hardy open-pollinated annual. Certified organic! A fascinating herb native to Syria with wrinkled, hairy leaves and a cucumber-like taste. Edible, bright blue star-shaped flowers with prominent black anthers have a sweet flavor and are perfect garnishes for desserts. Flourishes in less than great soil and reseeds readily. Start indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost, or sow directly in outdoor garden beds when soil reaches 55F. Borage makes a great companion plant for squash, strawberries, and tomatoes. Many parts of the plant are also used medicinally. 50 days to maturity. 25 seeds in regular packets. 5 seeds in sample packet.


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catniparray Catnip Array
(Nepeta cataria)

A hardy heirloom perennial. Certified organic! Catnip is a member of the mint family. It spreads rapidly and produces lavender flowers. The lemony flavor and fragrance make a relaxing tea. Of course, cats love it, too! Using catnip as a companion plant can help deter many pests, including flea beetles. Plant seeds directly in garden beds in late spring after last frost. You can also grow it in containers indoors. Drought tolerant once established. Catnip tea has been used as an herbal remedy for colds, influenza and fevers. 75 days to maturity. 100 seeds in regular packets. 20 seeds in sample packet.


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garlicchivesChives, Garlic
(Allium tuberosum)

Hardy perennial heirloom.  Also called Chinese leeks, garlic chives resemble regular chives except that their leaves are shiny and flat. Organically grown!  The plant bears beautiful, white flower heads. The distinct garlic flavor of these chives makes them a great choice for adding to salads, omelets, and stir-fry dishes.  Flowers are also edible.  Chives are useful as a companion plant throughout the garden to help reduce the insect population.  Likes loose, well drained soil.  Start 4 to 6 weeks before last frost or sow directly once soils have reached 55F. Will grow in a pot in a sunny window all year long.  Height at maturity is 12 to 20 inches tall. Approx. 50 in regular packets. 10 seeds in sample packet.


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dill Dill Bouquet
(Anethum graveolens)

A annual open-pollinated herb. Certified organic! Earlier blooming than Mammoth dill, Bouquet dill has large seed umbels and dark-green foliage. Dill provides a great beneficial insect habitat in the garden and can reseed itself. Dill is used in many pickling recipes and also in seafoods, soups, sauces, and potatoes. Start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost and then transplant in outdoor garden beds. Can be planted directly in garden beds after last frost. 55 days to maturity. 100 seeds in regular packets. 20 seeds in sample packet.


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sweetmarjoram Sweet Marjoram
(Origanum marjorana)

A tender open-pollinated perennial. Certified organic! Marjoram will not survive harsh northern winters outdoors. Its leaves are used in vinegar, soups, salads, dressings, roast lamb, and tomatoes. It is native to northern Africa and southwest Asia. Start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost, or plant directly in outdoor garden beds once soils have reached 60F. Can be grown all year round indoors in containers. 65 days to maturity. 100 seeds in regular size packets. 20 seeds in sample packet.


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lemonbalmmelissa Lemon Balm Melissa
(Melissa officinalis)

Open pollinated and certified organic! Strong lemon-scented leaves are used for making tea. Said to have a calming effect and is also soothing for upset stomachs. (Melissa officinalis) Melissa is taken from the Greek word for bee, indicative of the plant’s attractive power for bees and useful insects of all kinds. The term “balm” refers to balsam, the ancient world’s most important sweet-smelling oils. For thousands of years herbalists used lemon balm to treat any kind of disorder of the central nervous system. The London Dispensary (1696) says: “An essence of Balm, given in Canary wine, every morning will renew youth, strengthen the brain, relieve languishing nature and prevent baldness.” Helps gastrointestinal disorders, yet its primary use today is in treating viral infections of the skin, especially herpes, both genital herpes and cold sores. Although it does not eliminate flare-ups, it relieves itching in hours and helps the lesions heal over in a few days. One scientifically controlled study followed 66 individuals who were just starting to develop a cold sore (oral herpes). Treatment with lemon balm cream produced significant benefits on the second day of the outbreak (usually the day symptoms are worst), reducing intensity of discomfort, number of blisters, and the size of the blister. (For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.) Perennial in zones 4-9. Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost. Seeds can also be directly sown outdoors two weeks after last spring frost. 100 seeds in regular packet. 4 seeds in sample packet.


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oreganoarray Oregano Array
(Origanum vulgare)

A tender open-pollinated perennial. Certified organic! This is a culinary, large-leaved variety with white flowers. Use oregano leaves dried or fresh in chili, tomato sauce, meats, and pizza. Plant indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost. Can be grown indoors in containers year round. Oregano is high in antioxidants and has demonstrated antimicrobial activity against food borne pathogens. 100 days to maturity. 100 seeds in regular size packets. 10 seeds in sample packet.


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mosscurledparsely Moss Curled Parsley
(Petroselinum crispum)

Hardy biennial. open-pollinated and certified organic! Double curled, ruffled leaves adorn 10″ stems. Moss curled has a milder flavor than the flat leaf type. Parsley makes an attractive garnish. Eat as a natural breath freshener. Holds for a long time at harvesting stage even in warm weather. Start seeds indoors 2-4 weeks before the last frost, or sow seed directly in garden beds just before the last frost. Germination is slow, and 50% germination is typical for parsley. Pre-soaking seeds can increase rate and yield of germination. Will grown in a pot indoors all winter! 70 days to maturity. Grows 8 to 12 inches tall. This herb is so familiar we often overlook it for more exotic plants, yet this attractive plate garnish is one of the most versatile medicinal plants around and is absolutely a must have in any well stocked herbal garden. Parsley herb is high in iron content and rich in vitamins A, B, C and trace minerals. Leaves, seeds, and root all have medicinal value in the treatment of diseases of the bladder and kidneys, (gravel, stones, congestion, and jaundice) and for rheumatism, arthritis and sciatica. Parsley helps to inhibit the body’s release of histamines, which explains its use by naturopathic healers for allergies and sinus congestion. 100 seeds in regular packet. 15 seeds in sample packet.


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sagearray Sage Array
(Salvia officinalis)

A hardy open-pollinated perennial. Certified organic! This is a large-leaved sage variety. Used both dried and fresh, sage leaves are a popular poultry and meat seasoning. Sage also makes a soothing tea and has medicinal value. Hardy in zones 4 to 8. Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Sage makes a good companion plant, especially for rosemary, cabbage, and carrots; sage deters cabbage moth. Grows 18 to 30 innches tall. 25 seeds in regular packets. 5 seeds in sample packets.


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germanwinterthyme German Winter Thyme
(Thymus vulgaris)

A hardy open-pollinated perennial. Certified organic. A short, compact, aromatic herb. This winter hardy variety has attractive tiny lavender flowers. Thyme is known to deter cabbage worms. It’s aromatic leaves are used in sauces, soups, and stews. It is great seasoning for poultry and fish, and adds just the right amount of zest to salads. Start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost, or sow directly in outdoor garden beds 2 weeks before the last frost. Can also be grown indoors as a potted plant. Thyme has been used medicinally for centuries to treat certain parasites and a broad range of respiratory ailments. 90 days to maturity. 50 seeds in regular packets. 6 seeds in sample packet.


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