GMO Free Heirloom Pima Orange Lima Beans Seeds

Heirloom Pima Orange Lima Beans, AKA Hawul – most delicious lima beans in North America – Endangered bean

15 seeds

These orange-colored endangered beans has many names… Pima Orange, hawul, and mottled lima.  Officially known as Phaselous lunatus, the pole beans are native to Arizona, specifically the Gila River Indian Community. Many people say they are the most delicious lima beans in North America, so they are definitely worth trying.

They grow as vines so I recommend stakes or trellises.  They are very drought and heat-tolerant so they do well with warm summers, like we experience in Phoenix.

I plant mine outdoor after the last frost.  You just want to make sure the soil is at least 65 degrees in order for the seeds to germinate.

Plant your seeds one inch deep, about five inches apart.  Although they are drought tolerant, watering will increase our yield…especially when the plant is blooming.  You should be ready to harvest in about 80 days.

All of our seeds are:

* NON-GMO

* UNTREATED

* OPEN POLLINATED

More benefits, natural remedies, planting instructions and recipes on our site at GreenDesert.org

 

GMO FREE Moringa Seeds

GMO FREE Moringa Seeds that just keep on growing and giving — Did you know It’s called a miracle plant?!?

The Moringa tree is probably one of the most important all around medicinal plants.  Some call it a miracle plant because it pretty much helps heal whatever ailments you need to treat.  The benefits are endless… it’s known to improve the immune system, nourish the brain and eyes, lower the appearance of wrinkles, promote energy, act as an antioxidant, among so many other benefits.

It’s hard to believe the seeds are supposed to contain genetic information to prevent more than 300 diseases.

I drink the tea leaves daily, whether it be in a tea or the leaves being sprinkled into a meal. There is so much you can do with moringa leaves… eat them raw or cooked.  If you’re gonna plant a tree, plant a moringa. I’m glad I did.  As you can see in the photos, even the family dog sees the benefits… he likes the seeds.

It’s one of the most resilient trees we own in Phoenix… where the temperatures reach up to 120 degrees.

When we first planted the moringa tree, about 11 years ago, it was in a place where it got beat up consistently with my kids basketballs.  But every time we thought it lost its battle, it came back.  Now it’s a huge tree in our garden and it’s definitely fertile.  We have volunteer trees throughout our yard and our neighbor’s yard.

So each season, we wait for the pods to be ready to drop the seeds, and we collect them and save them for you

The tree itself is watered with rainwater, in Phoenix, so that tells you how easy it is to care for.  We’ve never had any pest issues so no reason to use ANY chemicals on the tree.

 

10 seeds for $5, plus shipping.

 

All of our seeds are non-gmo, untreated and open-pollinated.

 

Click the link below for moringa benefits, planting instructions and how to use it😃

 

MORINGA: THE MIRACLE TREE

 

Also below is a link to how you can keep your moringa leaves all year long

 

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GMO Free Purple of Sicily Cauliflower Seeds

Cauliflower comes in lots of varieties and colors.  But one thing they all have in common is they are all highly nutritious.

Cauliflower is a great source of folate, a B vitamin that helps with the formation of red blood cells; it’s also a good source of vitamin C, and high in fiber.

I love growing purple cauliflower for so many reasons, but mainly for the extra nutrients, AND many say it’s easier to grow than white varieties because it offers some extra insect resistance.

Also, one of the added bonuses of purple cauliflower is it has an antioxidant called anthrocyanin.  That’s what gives it that stunning purple hue and that’s also what offers so many medicinal benefits, including helping reduce inflammation.

It’s a gorgeous plant… with gorgeous purple heads that actually turn green once their cooked.  And the entire cauliflower plant is edible, including the stalk and leaves.

The Purple of Sicily Cauliflower is an Italian heirloom cauliflower, considered sweeter than white types and this heirloom does best in temperatures between 60  and 75 degrees.  It takes 60-85 days to harvest.

For fall crops, if you’re starting your seeds inside you’ll want to start them about 14 weeks before your average first frost date.

If you’re starting outdoor, sow closer to 10 weeks before your first frost.  Be sure to add a little compost to your soil before planting if it’s lacking organic matter.

You’ll want to plant 2-3 seeds in a sunny place, where it gets at least 8 hours of light per day.  Don’t forget to water right after you plant.

Space the cauliflower 18-24 inches apart with 2-3 feet between rows.

Cauliflower likes water so try for about an inch per week and we fertilize our plants every 2-3 weeks.

If you’re concerned with frost, the cauliflower is prepared.  You can cover the heads with the huge leaves by loosely tying them in place with a string.  That’ll also help keep the purple from fading in the sun.

 

GMO Free Shishito Peppers Seeds

Shishito Peppers – Why all the hype?

Some of my favorite things in the GreenDesert garden are shishito peppers!  I tasted them years ago in a restaurant and I was hooked! They were blistered, had a sweet and smoky flavor and were snack sized, making it too easy to eat I had to have more!  The problem was I couldn’t find them in most restaurants or even grocery stores.  So of course I had to grow them… for so many reasons.

But before I share how easy they are to grow, let’s talk about what all the hype is about.

Shishito pepperes are a Japanese heirloom pepper variety.  I can’t write enough about how addicting they are, and extremely easy to make.  But if you eat enough of them, you’re bound to run across a hot one.  The rule of thumb is one in every ten of the peppers will be spicy… except if you eat them with me; For some reason I seem to get all of the hot ones while my family enjoy the rest, and I am still addicted to the peppers!  It’s not like you can look at them to tell which are spicy.  And although some people say the spice isn’t really hot, that has not been my experience, so be prepared.  The hot peppers that I experienced have been really hot, hot enough to make my nose run and my eyes burn.  Granted, I am not a huge fan of spicy… so perhaps my extreme spice is mild to others.  But again, in general, they are not hot. It’s like a sweet, smoky bell pepper.

 

HOW TO EAT THEM

And you can eat them so many ways.  I add them diced and raw to my salads, eggs, even sandwiches.  But they can be one of your simplest, healthy snacks to make.  You really don’t need much prep because you can eat the entire pepper — seeds, stems and all.  I like to coat them in avocado or olive oil, throw them in a pan, and let them brown and blister.  Sprinkle with a little salt and you’re done.  I often add a little lemon and/or some red wine vinegar to spice it up.  Or even stir-fry it with other veggies from the garden, like onions, garlic and bell peppers.

Obviously it was the flavor that first got my attention; it helps that the heirloom peppers have lots of health benefits including being high in vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium and folic acid.  They’re also loaded with antioxidants, among other benefits!

 

HOW TO GROW SHISHITO PEPPERS

  • First you want to choose a place in your garden that gets full sun for about 6 – 8 hours per day. You can grow shishito peppers directly in soil, pots or raised beds.
  • I’ve been successful planting our shishito peppers directly into my garden beds. But most experts suggest you start the seeds indoor 6 to 8 weeks before you transplant them to the garden.  Keep in mind, the seeds will germinate faster in warm soil so you can use a heat mat, put them on top of your fridge or whatever method you use to keep the soil warm.
  • Once the seeds have sprouted, which can take as little as a few days, you’ll want to move them to a sunny spot… but not yet outdoors. So you can use a windowsill that gets some sun, use grow lights, or again, whatever creative methods you choose.
  • Keep the soil moist, but not soaked.
  • Next, about a week before transplanting, you’re going to want to harden your plants, to get them ready for their new outdoor home. To harden them, just set them outside for a few hours per day.  Basically it gives the plants stress-free transition.
  • After about a week of hardening, your plants are ready for their big move! Remember, choose a spot that gets 6 to 8 hours of full sun per day.
  • As for harvesting, it varies. Usually they are harvested while they’re still green.  But you can leave them on the plant until they turn red too.  Either way, don’t ignore the abundance of peppers!  The more you pick, the more the plant will keep producing.  If you neglect her and the plant gets overloaded with peppers, that tells the plant to stop producing.

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GMO Free Zucchini Seeds

15+ seeds for $5
GMO-FREE, untreated, open-pollinated

It’s an heirloom summer squash that grows in abundance.  Seriously, it’s a heavy producer.

We find ourselves harvesting daily to keep up with all of the zucchini… so get your recipe list ready.  I make all sorts of things… zucchini fries, zucchini bites, zucchini bread, stir-fried zucchini… the list goes on.

So it’s a great vegetable to grow, because it’s so versatile and is extremely easy to grow!

How to Plant:

If you’re planning to plant zucchini, choose a place with full sun.  They like at least 6 to 8 hours per day.

And they get really big, so I place 2 seeds at least three feet apart,  well draining soil.

Don’t plant them deep, and you should see them sprouting within a week.  You should be ready to harvest within about 48 days.  When harvesting, don’t forget to search under the huge leaves.  This zucchini has a tendency to hide and before you know it, they are huge.

The idea flavor is at about 6 inches long and you should consistently get the fruit until the cold kills it.

The leaves get big and bushy… they are gorgeous.  Be careful though, they do have tiny spikes on the leaves.

15 seeds for $5

If you’re looking for other seeds that you don’t see in our shop, please just ask.  I harvest everything, so chances are we have what you’re looking for!

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GMO-FREE Egyptian Spinach seeds

200 GMO-FREE Egyptian Spinach (molokhiya) seeds — Not your typical spinach – More than 30 vitamins and minerals

I am so excited to introduce you to molokhiya, also known as Jew’s mallow, jute mallow, and Egyptian spinach… among other titles depending on what part of the world you’re in.

It isn’t your typical spinach.  It originated in Egypt but has since spread all over the world.

And for good reason; Egyptian spinach has a powerhouse of nutrients that can benefit your whole body.

It’s touted to have more Vitamin E, C, potassium, iron and fiber than any other vegetable!

More benefits… it has nine times more calcium than spinach, nearly five times more carotene,  B1 and B2 than spinach.

According to the International Journal of Research, Egyptian spinach has more than 30 vitamins and minerals.

So what does this mean?

It’s an excellent food to boost your immune system; it’s known to regulate digestion, help fight acne, help build strong bones, improve circulation, protect heart health, and reduce inflammation. The magnesium in Egyptian spinach is supposed to even help you sleep.

And you can do so much with it.

I add it to my salads, beans, stews, even tea.  In fact, many people use it in their soups because when you boil it, it makes sort of a broth. And making a tea is supposed to help reduce pain for things like arthritis, headaches and belly aches because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

You can enjoy the benefits of the leaves raw or cooked.

 

Fun Legends:

It’s said that Cleopatra saw the soup as her secret for maintaining her youthful appearance.  Legends say she used to eat a soup of the leaves daily.

It’s also said that consuming the vegetable was once limited only to pharaohs.

 

NOT ANYMORE!

 

In fact, not only are there no restrictions to how much you can buy; you can plant it yourself!

And one thing I love about planting it is that it likes the heat.  It’s one of the few green vegetables that thrive in the Arizona summers.

So that means if I’m growing outdoors, I can enjoy my regular spinach in the winter, and my Egyptian spinach in the summer.

So of course we harvest our seeds to share!

We make our own fertilizer, which includes worm tea, compost and rainwater.  We don’t have a need for any harmful chemicals, including pest control, since it’s mostly controlled with companion planting and how we fertilize our plants.  Once you plant these seeds, expect a huge harvest year after year.  We planted seeds once and now we have Egyptian spinach growing throughout the yard annually… even in places we never planted!

 

200 seeds for $5.

 

All of our seeds are non-gmo, untreated and open-pollinated.

 

Go to GreenDesert.org for planting instructions, natural remedies, more benefits and recipes!

NON-GMO HEIRLOOM LETTUCE SEEDS GOURMET MIX

NON-GMO, HEIRLOOM LETTUCE SEEDS GOURMET MIX

This is one of my favorite planting seasons in Phoenix because the garden stays full.

Lettuce is one of my must-have veggies, but there are so many varieties that I just can’t choose one.  So we plant several types of yummy, gourmet lettuce… you can never have enough.

Your order has a gourmet mix of 100 GMO-FREE, heirloom lettuce seeds.

They germinate quick and easy.

Plant 2-3 seeds 1/4″ deep and 2″ apart in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

That’s what experts suggest.  I simply scatter my seeds, then cover them lightly with soil.  Next I water immediately, gently though so I don’t scatter the seeds even more.  I keep the soil moist and in less than a week, you should see your babies sprouting.

Make sure to allow enough space between seeds for the lettuce to grow, because overcrowding can cause the lettuce to have a bitter taste.  Waiting too long to harvest can also make the lettuce more bitter.

Also, I tend to plant seeds every few weeks so I always have lettuce ready to harvest and I’m not too overwhelmed with getting too much at once.

Once plants are about 4 inches tall, I start harvesting – taking the outer leaves and allowing the center to stay in tact so the plant can keep producing.

 

Harvest between 65 and 75 days after planting, and before flowers appear, to ensure the lettuce doesn’t become too mature.

 

INCLUDED IN YOUR MIX…

Your gourmet mix contains several Lactuca sativa varieties including Grand Rapids, Freckles Romaine, and Royal Oakleaf.  You’ll also find gourmet varieties like Silvia (red romaine), Red Salad Bowl (red leaf), Seeded Simpson (green leaf), Vivian (green romaine), and  Black Summer Bibb (Bibb leaf)

 

All of our seeds are:

* NON-GMO

* UNTREATED

* OPEN POLLINATED

 

Get benefits, natural remedies, planting instructions and recipes on our site at GreenDesert.org