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5 Unique Organic Vegetable Seeds to Grow in 2021

Seed starting season is just around the corner. But we know that many of you have probably already begun thinking about your seeds and planning those spring gardens. 

If you're passionate about gardening, new and unique varieties of seeds are always a welcome addition to your seed collection.

This  is just what you're looking for!

The Barn has partnered with a new exciting grower, Fruition Seeds, to offer our customers interesting and unique options for your vegetable gardens.

Here is an overview of a couple of varieties we will be planting this spring.

Seed Starting

5 Incredibly Fun & Delicious Seed Varieties for Seed Starting

Organic Cherry Ember Tomato 1

We've never seen a variegated tomato like this before!

We love the glorious sweetness of these gorgeous cherry tomatoes, each one a luminescent gem, like a striped heart-shaped apple, so creamy and so juicy. We also love that Cherry Ember rarely cracks, no matter the rain that falls!

Growing Instructions:

Transplant Only:Don’t start too early! Sow indoors 2 seeds/cell & thin to 1, 1/8” deep 6-8 weeks before last frost on a heat mat at 80F to emergence, 75F after. Pot up to 3-4” pots when first true leaves, planting 3/4 of the stem. Harden off & transplant outdoors after frost 2.5’ apart, again burying stem. Prune lowest stem ‘suckers.’ Water soil, not leaves.

Sowing Date:Indoors early Spring
Seed Depth:1/4 inch
Days to Germination:7-10 days at 80°F
Days to Maturity:75 days to fruit
Plant spacing after thinning:2.5 feet
Height:Indeterminate

Organic Dancing with Smurfs Cherry Tomato

PURPLE tomatoes!2

64 days to maturity from transplant

These incredible fruits ripen green to purple to purple-red in quaint, prolific clusters with classic tomato flavor, nothing more and nothing less. We love them on salads, kabobs, on their own and anywhere we can appreciate them for their unique color.

Growing Instructions:
Transplant Only:Don’t start too early! Sow indoors 2 seeds/cell & thin to 1, 1/8” deep 6-8 weeks before last frost on a heat mat at 80°F to emergence, 75°F after. Pot up to 3-4” pots when first true leaves, planting 3/4 of the stem. Harden off & transplant outdoors after frost 2.5’ apart, again burying stem. Prune lowest stem ‘suckers.’ Water soil, not leaves.

Sowing Date:Indoors early Spring
Seed Depth:1/4 inch
Days to Germination:7-10 days at 80°F
Days to Maturity:60 days to fruit
Plant spacing after thinning:2.5 feet
Height:Indeterminate


Organic Dragon Tongue Bush Snap Bean

What wickedly sweet purple variegation!4

50 days to maturity

These beans are so satisfyingly tender even as they lengthen six inches, eight inches and often more. They're so easy to grow and their vivid purple makes them easy to harvest in their sea of green. If you crave the nutty succulence of romano-style beans and love the crisp snap of a wax bean, Dragon Tongue will quickly become one your favorite beans, too.

Growing Instructions:

Direct Sow Only: Once soil is warm & frost danger has passed, sow 1" deep every 3 inches & thin to 6" with at least 18” between rows. Harvest young pods before beans swell for best yield. Sow every 2-3 weeks through mid-July for continual harvest. Inoculants often increase yields. Dark seeds germinate in cool soils better than white seeds.

Seed Depth: 1 inch
Days to Germination: 8-10 days 70-80 F
Plant spacing after thinning: 5-6"


Organic Honey Island Watermelon

A delicious yellow Watermelon! What?!5

With Honey Island, it was love at first bite.

We were instantly smitten with this deliciousness. We love its brilliant yellow flesh with full flavor and sticky sweetness. We appreciate its round, icebox-style 6- to 8-pound fruits, perfect for a picnic.

Growing Instructions:

Direct Sow: Sow 1–2 weeks after last frost when soil is above 70°F, 3 seeds every 3-4', 1" deep. Thin to 1 plant/group. Protect from Cucumber Beetles & increase heat with floating row cover until flowering. Ample water during pollination & fruit set essential. Fruit may be ripe when rind on ground is yellow or closest vine tendril is brown/dead.

Sowing Date: After frost, late May to early June
Seed Depth: 1 inch
Days to Germination: 4-7
Days to Maturity: 80-85 days to fruit
Plant spacing after thinning: 3-4 feet
Height: full 6' + vine

Organic Cossack's Pineapple Ground Cherry

As seen on YouTube!3

A taste of the tropics! These irresistibly sweet, marble-sized fruits will have you coming back for more, July all the way to frost. We select for abundant production as well as incredible flavor and these have the most pineapple flavor of all the varieties we've tried. We absolutely love them and can't wait for you to try them!

Growing Instructions:

Transplant Only: In early spring, sow indoors 2 seeds/cell thinned to the strongest 1. Transplant to 3-4” container once 2-3 true leaves emerge. Harden off (reduce water & temp 3-7 days) & transplant 1 week after last frost. Support like determinate tomatoes. Harvest when fruit is plump & golden husks fall to the ground. Store 2-4 weeks at 45F.

Sowing Date: Indoors early Spring
Seed Depth: 1/8 inch
Days to Germination: 5-9
Days to Maturity: 68
Plant spacing after thinning: 2.5 feet
Height: 3-4 feet

See the entire selection and purchase these seeds now on our garden center online store. 

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