New Seeds for 2020 (collected in 2019)
Here are some of the seeds we collected in 2019 in addition to the usual assortment of peas, beans, and squashes. Contact me HERE if you are interested.
For the full plant list of what we grow: Ultimate Barbolian Fields Plant List
Click here for a list of Seeds that Need Cold Stratification to Germinate.
Seeds for 2020
- Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
- Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
- Arnica (Arnica chamissonis)
- Astragalus (Astragalus membranceas)
- Basils (Ocimum basilicum)
- Basil, Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
- Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
- Black Cumin (Nigella sativa)
- Borage (Borago officinalis)
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
- Chinese Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis)
- Columbine (fuzzy variety) (Aquilegia vulgaris?)
- Crocosmia (Crocosmia aurea)
- Flax (mixed varieties) (Linum usitatissimum)
- Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)
- Garlic Chives mixed up with Welsh Onions (oops!)
- Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)
- “Kenaf”, “Indian Hemp” (Hibiscus cannabinus)
- Malabar Gourd / Fig-leaf Gourd (Cucurbita ficifolia)
- Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)
- Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
- Nettles (Urtica dioica)
- Passionfruit / Maypop (Passiflora incarnata)
- Poppies (Papaver spp.)
- Purple Goosefoot / “Tree Spinach” (Chenopodium giganteum)
- Quince (Cydonia oblonga)
- Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
- Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
- Siberian Pea Tree (Caragana arborescens)
- Shoo Fly Plant, aka Apple of Peru (Nicandra physalodes)
Roots & Bulbs:
- Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) – always available!
- Mashua (Troepaeolum tuberosum)
- Nettle roots (Urtica dioica)
- Udo (Aralia cordata)
- Ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus) – limited quantities & varieties
Note: As noted below, we are no longer selling our seeds in local stores. We share seeds on a “gift economy” basis, meaning, I do not have prices for them. We do, however, accept donations (see the donate button at the very bottom of this page in the footer area) and I am also willing to trade – or you can promise to “pay it forward.” Some are in very limited supply, difficult to propagate, or can be hard or expensive to obtain (such as the Andean roots) — for those, we can negotiate a price that works for both of us. I do ask that you cover postage if I need to mail them to you.
So – If you see something you want, send me an email & if I can, I’ll send you a good healthy bunch in the spirit of spreading plant life and to make it worth your while. No fancy packets. Just good seed.
I always collect a lot of seeds. If you are looking for something in particular not on the list, I might still have it. Shoot me an email and I will see if I have some to share. Also check out the general plant list, my source of seeds and cuttings. If not available now, I’d be glad to make a point of collecting some for you when they become available again.
(I do not include general vegetable seeds in this list, which are readily available from many seed outlets – but yes, I will always have red runner beans and an assortment of squashes!) Thanks for your interest! Thank you for supporting small farms and local seed companies!
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Older Seeds – possibly still available
Calendula / Pot Marigold, Calendula officinalis
Chrysanthemum (Shungiku) “Garland Chrysanthemum), Chrysanthemum coronarium
Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
False Indigo, Blue, Baptisia australis
Fennel, wild green, Foeniculum vulgare (be careful – this one can get away from you!)
Good King Henry (Chenopodium Bonus-Henricus)
Hollyhock, Alcea rosea (these are the dark maroon ones; we also have other colors)
Hollyhock mallow, Malva alcea
“Kenaf”, “Indian Hemp”, Hibiscus cannabinus
Lady’s Bedstraw, Galium verum
Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus – L.
Poppies, Papaver spp.
Siberian Pea Shrub, Caragana arborescens
Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus
Over the years, the seed crops have been absolutely amazing! Many thanks to our bee friends!
A word about Noxious Weeds:
Noxious weeds are invasive, non-native, and can threaten both wildlife habitat and regionally important agricultural crops. About half of the listed noxious weeds are escapees from gardens. It is important that if we grow these plants, which may indeed have useful properties, that we are mindful to control their growth and prevent unwanted spread. The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board website is an excellent source of information about noxious weeds. Check it out!
The following are common plants that are on the Washington State Noxious Weed list. Seed companies do have these for sale – and they don’t always state how invasive they can be. Buyer beware!
Bugloss, Common – Anchusa officinalis
Clary Sage – Salvia sclarea
Fennel (common and bronze) – Foeniculum vulgare
Iris, Yellow Flag – Iris pseudacornus
Mugwort – Artemesia vulgaris
Russian Olive – Elaeagnus angustifolia
Saint John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum
Woad, dyers – Isatis tinctoria
Wormwood – Artemisia absinthium
(Mugwort is not on the official list – but it should be. I think any of the Artemisias can be extremely invasive. Also of note, Bachelor Buttons are on the Watch List – and I so love this plant!)
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About packaging and selling seeds….
I gave it a shot. In the end, trying to make a business out of it turned the whole process into a lot of work! I mean, you nurture the plant all year, harvest the seeds at just the right time, keep them all separate while they cure, clean them through assorted screens, winnowing in the wind, or whatever way you can come up with, properly store them to preserve freshness, gather photos and information and design seed packets – and try to get your printer to print them, weigh out the seeds (some so tiny, they are weighed by grams; others large enough to count), contact potential store outlets and distribute … and when it’s all said and done, you might get a couple bucks for a packet, because the store needs a mark-up, too…. The final straw was when someone complained that they couldn’t get theirs to sprout, and could I give them their money back, at which point, I threw up my hands and exclaimed, “Come on over! I will give you plants! As many as you want! They are all over my yard, threatening to take over my sanity!”
Suffice to say, I have utmost respect for small seed companies who try to make a go of it and work tirelessly to preserve the integrity and diversity of our seeds. I will never again complain about the high price of seeds! (Now shipping costs, that’s another matter — but it’s not in our control. I say avoid them by buying local!)
Ok. Rant over.
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