Collections

In herbalism one starts with learning the simples (single herbal extracts) and eventually graduates into combining simples to make compounds. For instance, you have to get elecampane into somebody so you add a little fennel to mask the taste. Fun, functional, and limitless in terms of possibility. When I started growing and selling herb seeds, things progressed in much the same way. First I learned the individual plants, and then I started recognizing the relationships between the plants. At this point I graduated into producing sets and collections, little groupings of seed packets that somehow made sense. For instance, 3 different species of motherwort seed individually packaged, yet sold as the "motherwort set." Other seed sets soon followed. There was the culinary basil set with 5 types of culinary basil, the sage set with 8 species, the poppy set with 8 types, the tobacco set also with 8 types, culminating in what I considered to be the best set of all, our tulsi seed set that now encompasses 5 distinct types. These set-making endeavors were the result of years of finding the different species and growing them out in seclusion. Sold banded together, wrapped in cellophane with a colorful cover, I felt very happy for these bright little bundles, so full of possibility!

But I was not done. There were collections to hatch, including the Japanese medicinal herb collection with 6 packets (including my beloved ashitaba), the Ayurvedic seed collection that numbered 7 healing herbs coming originally from India but grow-able in the US, the Chinese medicinal herb seed collection that numbered lucky 8, the Hoedown garden seed collection containing 12 seed packets for growing good simple food, and so-forth. Truth be told my favorite collection is the survival medicinal herb garden, because these basic medicinal herbs cover the majority of herbal needs for an average homesteader: burdock, orange calendula, comfrey, dandelion, wild lettuce, self heal, valerian and yarrow. Sometimes simple is better.

In every case, with the species sets and themed collections we are providing organically certified as marked, open-pollinated, untreated, gmo-free seeds in full-size packets. Our aim is to get these to the consumer at a significant discount over the price one would pay when buying the packets singly.

Our most wide-ranging and diverse collection of medicinal herb seeds is the Lifeline Seed Collection, which contains 18 full-size packets. Here is the story of how this collection was birthed:

One evening Mayche and I were taking a stroll in the gardens. I took her elbow and guided her between the evening primroses with their yellow, mucilaginous blooms and the burdock, with its velcroed seedheads ready to burst into genetic infinity. A dragonfly swooped by, while a striped pheonix moth unfolded its inch-long proboscis into a waiting garden sage flower. In the sky, an amorphous white cloud was illuminated from behind by the setting sun, superimposed against the darkening blue of the heavens. Inspired by this tiny set of events, or perchance listening subliminally to the chattering of the plants themselves, we began to discuss putting together a set of herb seeds that would embody the foundation for a diverse medicinal garden that would contribute to every aspect of health and well-being, and making this set of seeds available to people at a very low cost, so that more would find it possible to buy them and realize the benefits. That way, our gardening friends wouldn’t have to choose. We would choose for them. “Let’s call it the LIFELINE garden,” said Mayche. “Its like throwing people a lifeline to bring them back to health.” “I like it,” I said. Then Mayche (ever the shopper) said, “And, its like lifeline pricing at the co-op, where they sell organically grown stuff like brown rice, potatoes, and dried beans for just over cost, to make sure that everybody has enough to eat. “OK,” I said, "Let's do it." And we did.

  • Artemisia seed set (4 packets): Artemisia annua; Mugwort, Western; Wormwood, Absinthe and Yomogi [SD, WA NO]

    $10.90 Add to cart
  • Ayurvedic Medicinal Herb Seed Collection (7 packets): Amla; Andrographis; Ashwagandha, Vedic; Eclipta, Lemongrass; Spilanthes, Official; Tulsi, Rama

    Ayurvedic Medicinal Herb Seed Collection (7 packets): Amla; Andrographis; Ashwagandha, Vedic; Eclipta, Lemongrass; Spilanthes, Official; Tulsi, Rama

    $19.95 Add to cart
  • Bouquet Garni Seed Collection (Genovese Basil, Moldavian Balm, Summer Savory, French Thyme), Organic

    $9.95 Add to cart
  • Butterfly Plants Seed Collection (8 seed packets): Aromatic Aster, Cardinal Flower, Echinacea purpurea, Gayfeather, Common Milkweed, Showy Milkweed, Mexican Sunflower, Wallflower

    Butterfly Lover’s Seed Collection (8 seed packets): Aromatic Aster, Cardinal Flower, Echinacea purpurea, Gayfeather, Common Milkweed, Showy Milkweed, Mexican Sunflower, Wallflower

    $19.95 Add to cart
  • Castor Seed Set (3 seed packets): Zanzibar Red, Unguja Green, New Zealand Purple

    $7.90 Add to cart
  • Chamomile Seed Set (4 packets): Chamomile–Dyer’s, German, Roman and Saint John’s, organic

    $9.90 Add to cart
  • Chinese Medicinal Herb Seed Collection (Dan-shen, Dang-shen, Tien-hua-fien, Huang-Qi, Yi-mu-cao, Ku-shen, Tou-gu, Wu-we-zi)
    Rated 5.00 out of 5

    Chinese Medicinal Herb Seed Collection (Dan-shen, Dang-shen, Tien-hua-fien, Huang-Qi, Yi-mu-cao, Ku-shen, Tou-gu, Wu-we-zi)

    $24.95 Add to cart
  • Cleavers Set (4 packets): Cleavers; Madder; Our Lady’s Bedstraw and Sweet Woodruff

    $9.90 Add to cart
  • Culinary Basil Seed Set (5 packets): Genovese, Greek, Mrihani, Sweet and Thai, organic

    $13.90 Add to cart
  • Dye Plants Seed Collection (7 seed packets): Chamomile, Dyer's; Elecampane; Madder; Marigold, French; Nettles; Our Lady's Bedstraw; Sunflower, Hopi Black Dye

    Dye Plants Seed Collection (7 seed packets): Chamomile, Dyer’s; Elecampane; Madder; Marigold, French; Nettles; Our Lady’s Bedstraw; Sunflower, Hopi Black Dye

    $14.95 Add to cart
  • Edible Flowers Seed Collection: Bean, Hopi yellow; Borage; Calendula, orange; Nasturtium, jewels; Love in the mist; Shungiku; Violet, heartsease, Organic

    Edible Flowers Seed Collection: Bean, Hopi yellow; Borage; Calendula, orange; Nasturtium, jewels; Love in the mist; Shungiku; Violet, heartsease, Organic

    $16.95 Add to cart
  • Fines Herbes Seed Collection (English Chives, Sweet Marjoram, Flat-leaved Parsley, Russian Tarragon), organic

    Fines Herbes Seed Collection (English Chives, Sweet Marjoram, Flat-leaved Parsley, Russian Tarragon), organic

    $9.95 Add to cart
  • Four Sisters Seed Collection: Bean, Hopi Yellow; Corn, Hopi Blue; Squash, Yellow Crookneck; Sunflower, Hopi Black Dye, organic

    Four Sisters Seed Collection: Bean, Hopi Yellow; Corn, Hopi Blue; Squash, Yellow Crookneck; Sunflower, Hopi Black Dye, organic

    $9.95 Add to cart
  • Hoedown Seed Collection, 12 packs of open-pollinated vegetable seeds, Organic

    Hoedown Seed Collection, 12 packs of open-pollinated vegetable seeds, Organic

    $24.95 Add to cart
  • Honeybee Plants Seed Collection (8 seed packets): Lemon Bergamot, True Comfrey, Hyssop, Greek Mullein, Pleurisy Root, Scarlet Sage, Temperate Tulsi and Viper's Bugloss*

    Honeybee Lover’s Seed Collection (8 seed packets): Lemon Bergamot, True Comfrey, Hyssop, Greek Mullein, Pleurisy Root, Scarlet Sage, Temperate Tulsi and Viper’s Bugloss*

    $19.95 Add to cart
  • Japanese Medicinal Herb Seed Collection (Ashitaba; Burdock, Gobo; Burdock, Takinogawa; Shungiku; Yomogi)

    Japanese Medicinal Herb Seed Collection (Ashitaba; Burdock, Gobo; Burdock, Takinogawa; Shungiku; Yomogi)

    $19.95 Add to cart
  • Kidzerbs Garden Kit in a box: row markers, kidzerbs book, 12 packets of seeds, organic

    Kidzerbs Garden Kit in a box: row markers, kidzerbs book, 12 packets of seeds, organic

    $24.95 Add to cart
  • Lavender Set (4 seed packets): Czech, English, French & Munstead, organic

    $9.90 Add to cart
  • Lifeline Medicinal Herb Garden, 18 medicinal herb seed packets, organic

    Lifeline Medicinal Herb Garden, 18 medicinal herb seed packets, organic

    $29.95 Add to cart
  • Lobelia Set (3 seed packets): Lobelias — Great Blue & Official; Cardinal Flower

    $7.90 Add to cart
  • Marigold Set (4 seed packets): Marigolds–African Tururu, Desert, French and Mexican

    $9.90 Add to cart
  • Motherwort Seed Set (3 seed packets): Chinese, Official & Siberian, organic

    $7.90 Add to cart
  • My Mothers Kitchen Garden Collection: Basil, Sweet; Cilantro; Dill; Marjoram, Sweet; Oregano, Greek; Parsley, Italian; Sage, Garden; Savory, Summer; Tarragon, Russian; Thyme, English, all Organic

    My Mothers Kitchen Garden Collection: Basil, Sweet; Cilantro; Dill; Marjoram, Sweet; Oregano, Greek; Parsley, Italian; Sage, Garden; Savory, Summer; Tarragon, Russian; Thyme, English, all Organic

    $21.95 Add to cart
  • Native American Spirit Plants Seed Collection: Beeplant, Rocky Mountain; Bergamot, Mixed; Mugwort, Western; Spikenard, Eastern; Sage, White; Tobaccos--Hopi & Desert

    Native American Spirit Plants Seed Collection: Beeplant, Rocky Mountain; Bergamot, Mixed; Mugwort, Western; Spikenard, Eastern; Sage, White; Tobaccos–Hopi & Desert

    $19.95 Add to cart