About Our Plants
We only offer open-pollinated and heirloom varieties that are well suited to the growing conditions of north Idaho. All plants have been test-grown in our own garden. Each plant is started by us from seed — many plants are grown from organic seed stock — and all seed stock is non-GMO. Each seedling is individually transplanted by hand in a recyclable growing container. Plants are hardened off and ready to start growing in your garden.
We offer more than 20 varieties of heirloom tomatoes — from the traditional large, meaty beefsteaks to tiny, super-sweet cherry varieties. Our selection does vary year-to-year, as we often add something new (to us) to our lineup — and with more than 7,500 types of tomatoes, there’s always something new to try! Click to shop our selection of Heirloom Tomatoes.
In addition to heirloom tomatoes, we offer a variety of open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable plants including peppers (sweet and hot), cucumbers, and squashes. We also grow a variety of herb plants, including several types of basil, flat leaf parsley and cilantro. Click to shop our selection Veggie Starts and Herbs.
We know not everyone has space for a large garden, but everyone loves the taste of “home-grown.” Therefore, we offer a variety of space-saving heirlooms that are perfect for container gardening or small gardens. These plants are listed with”patio-perfect” next to their name.
Understanding Gardening Terms
What is an heirloom? An heirloom is a plant that has a history of being passed down through generations. The age of which a plant achieves heirloom status is somewhat subjective — some say heirlooms must have been created prior to 1940, while others state the variety must be at least 50 years old. Regardless of age, all heirlooms are open-pollinated, which means it will produce true-to-type seeds; but not all open-pollinated plants are heirlooms (there’s that age thing again).
What does open-pollinated mean? This generally refers to seeds that will “breed true.” When the plants of an open-pollinated variety self-pollinate, or are pollinated by another representative of the same variety (by insects, birds, wind or humans), the resulting seeds will produce true-to-type seeds and plants roughly identical to the parent plant. This is why you only save seed from open-pollinated varieties — you’ll get the same plant (and fruit) as the parent plant.
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The images below are of tomatoes and veggies grown in our garden in Coeur d’Alene. You can grow these too!