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Good seeds, good soil, and good water. If you have all these things, you are probably a good person, too. Because never when we are in the field are we screaming. When we come to work, we ask for some blessing from the Great Spirit. There is never anger in the field. Never, never, never. It is better if you make your life more filled with joy. Why? So the crops and the seeds can be happy. If you put in one seed and you are happy, the seeds will be happy, too. All these connections are working according to the way you are thinking. I know that I myself have to be very happy to put one seed into the soil, because from this seed comes my food. I want to put good seeds and good energy into the soil in the Mother Earth. The Mother Earth is happy when you put this in her.

— Emigdio Ballon

All Seeds Grown by Canyon Bounty Farm are:

[2016  seed rack]
  • open pollinated
  • certified organic (unless noted)
  • include growing directions
  • $3 each seed packet
  • available to order year round

It’s easy to order our seeds:

1. Download the 2016 Seed Order Form here.
2. Select the seeds and number of each.
3. Do the math, be sure to include shipping/handling.
4. Write a check to Canyon Bounty Farm.
5. Place check and order form in an envelope, and mail to:
    Canyon Bounty Farm
    13376 Orchard Ave.
    Nampa, Idaho 83651

6. Anxiously await your new seeds from CBF which will be shipped PRONTO!

We've added directions to build your own set of grow lights and other seed tips to lead you to a successful garden season on the Seed Starting Tips page.


SEED PACKETS FOR 2016

Arugula - Eruca sativa
Also known as Rocket or Roquette. A delicious peppery green that’s easy to grow; perfect for container gardening. Prefers cooler temps: plant early spring or fall. Will bolt (make seed) in hot weather. White flowers are edible, too. Pick leaves when 2-4 inches long, mix into a salad.
1 gram seed. Certified organic.

Sweet Basil - Ocimum basilica Genovese basil
NEW FOR 2016 This Genovese basil boasts large, fragrant leaves - the kind you want for pesto and more. Plants need full sun and moderate weekly water to produce a lush plant. Tender, sweet leaves grow 4 inches long. Plant grows 2 ft. tall. Makes quick regrowth after pinching or cutting leaves. Tender annual: loves heat. Certified organic.


Bee’s Friend - Phacelia tanacetifolia Bee�s Friend
This is the flower to plant to attract pollinators to your garden. To say that bees (and lots of other beneficial insects) love it is an understatement. It’s astounding. Lavender blue flowers unfurl like a fiddlehead fern. Blooms over a long period. Grows 3-4 ft. tall. Reseeds. Annual. Plant seeds in mid-May directly into garden. 70 days.
250 seeds. Certified organic.


Black-Eyed Susan or Gloriosa Daisy - Rudbeckia hirta Black-Eyed Susan or Gloriosa Daisy
Annual. Another great flower for the garden to attract the good bugs. It’s drought tolerant, loves the heat and makes a beautiful cut flower. Blooms nonstop from July to the first frost. Petal colors vary from deep gold to a combo of orange and brown. And of course, the center is that deep brown color.
30 seeds. Certified organic.

Buckwheat - Fagopyrum esculentum Buckwheat
Don’t think pancakes. Grow this for the insects. Or as a great weed smothering cover crop for the summer. Buckwheat produces nectar and pollen that I consider good “fast food” for beneficial insects. Everything from lacewings to parasitic wasps to honey bees love to feed on the white flowers. It grows fast which makes it a popular warm season cover crop. I’ve learned to manage it in my fields by mowing it back to 8-9 inches high just when the first blooms open. Then the buckwheat rebounds with vigorous growth and more blooms. Easy to incorporate into soils. Annual. Needs water. 35-40 days to first bloom.
1,000 seeds. Certified organic.

Bug Bloom Blend Beneficial Insect Seed Mix Bug Blom Blend Seed Mix
Bug Bloom is a custom blend of organic, annual seeds to encourage, entice and sustain the good bugs in your garden. It includes: sunflower, buckwheat, cilantro, calendula, mustard and dill. When in bloom certain insects will be attracted to the flower’s nectar leading to a rich and diverse population of beneficial insects. Some of these bugs will pollinate your crops, others will attack the bad bugs in your yard. This mix is attractive to ladybugs, lacewings, predatory mites, syrphid flys and many other great bugs. Packet sows 3-5 feet. Plants will grow 3-5 ft. tall when in bloom. Certified organic.

Calendula, Pacific Beauty - Calendula officinalis Calendula, Pacific Beauty Mix
Calendula is also known as pot marigold. Their colorful petals are edible and really dress up a green salad. Plant in early May and plants will bloom through the first early, light frosts. The 2-3" flowers are in shades of orange, cream , and yellow. Plants grow 1-2 feet tall. Grow in full sun in well-drained soils. Attractive to beneficial insects. Annual but easily reseeds.
30 seeds. Certified Organic.

Charentais Canteloupe - Cucumis melo Charentais Canteloupe
A true French cantaloupe from the Poitou-Charentes region circa 1920. One of the most divine and flavorful melons in the world. It grows very well here in the Treasure Valley. You know when they are ripe because of their heavenly fragrance. Smooth round melons mature to a creamy gray with faint ribs. Orange flesh is oh, so sweet. They are about the size of a large grapefruit: perfect for two people. 85 days.
25 seeds. Certified organic.

Cilantro - Coriandrum sativum
Performs best in cooler weather. Plant in early spring or late summer. Easily bolts (makes seed) in our hot summers. Fresh green foliage is delicious in soups, salsas and bean dishes. Sow thick; keep well watered. Coriander is the dried, ground seeds of cilantro.
2 grams. Certified organic.

Contender Beans - Phaseolus vulgaris Contender Beans
This bush garden bean continues to amaze me. It produces impressive yields of stringless green beans. And this tried-and-true heirloom loves the heat. Can typically plant the third week of May in the Treasure Valley. Space seeds 3 inches apart. Needs full sun to thrive. 48 days.
Approx. 50 seeds, 1 ounce. Certified organic.


Idelight Green Bush Bean - Phaseolus vulgaris Idelight Green Bush Bean NEW FOR 2016 Developed by the University of Idaho in 1964 for canning and fresh eating. The 20-inch tall plants are loaded with slim, round, medium dark green beans. Resistant to curly top and mosaic virus. Great photo from the Univ. of Idaho bulletin. Full sun.
Brown seed. 55 days. Certified organic.


Diablo Cosmos - Cosmos sulphureous Diablo Cosmos
NEW FOR 2016 This heirloom flower is a stunning scarlet orange color. It’s gorgeous in the garden and in bouquets. The 1”+ diameter blossoms are also attractive to pollinators for nectar and pollen. Plants are 3-4 ft. tall. Full sun. Long blooming. Reseeds. Certified organic.



Cucumber, Mideast Prolific - Cucumis sativus Cucumber, Mideast Prolific
Very early variety that produces 5-7 inch cucumbers that are delicious. Their thin skins, sweet-never-bitter and prolifc fruits have made it my favorite salad cuke for almost 20 years. Dark green skin doesn’t have spines just a little fuzz. Uniform shape. 55 days.
20 seeds. Certified organic.

Cucumber, Satsuki Midori - Cucumis sativus Cucumber, Satsuki Midori
A tender Asian cucumber. Bitter-free fruits are 10-16” long with few seeds. If grown on a trellis, fruits are extremely straight and beautiful. Easy to use as a slicing, salad cucumber. 60-70 days.
Contains 20-30 seeds. Certified organic.



Dill - Anethum graveolens
An essential herb for many cuisines. Easy to grow for its feathery foliage known as dill weed or for its seeds. Umbel-shaped seed head is also attractive to a variety of beneficial insects. Grows 4 ft. tall. Annual. Needs 6 hours full sun.
2 grams. Certified organic.

Edamamae, Shirofumi - Glycine max Edamamae, Shirofumi
Edamamae soybeans are a delicious, sweet green treat when eaten fresh from your garden. Steam or boil for 5 minutes, salt, and shell them directly into your mouth. Plant same time as sweet corn (3rd or 4th week in May). Space seeds 3-4" apart, 1“ deep. Harvest when pods are plump and green (late August). Vigorous thigh-high vines produce lots of light-green pods with 2-3 beans/pod. 90 days.
Contains 50-60 seeds. Certified organic.

Gaillardia or Blanketflower - Gaillardia aristata Gaillardia or Blanketflower
Annual. An all-star flower for the beneficial insects here in the Treasure Valley. A prairie native, Blanketflower is heat and drought tolerant.
30 seeds. Certified organic.




King Sieg Leek - Allium porrum King Sieg Leek
A CBF orginial (King Richard x Siegfried Frost cross), this leek has wonderful winter hardiness, and six-inch long shanks can be 3“ wide. The blue-green coloration is mighty handsome in the winter garden. Plant as early in the year (late Jan. in containers) and transplant on the first spring day when you want to plunge your hands into the soil. Fertilize with aged poultry compost and keep well watered through the summer. When shanks thicken to 1/2“ start mulching with straw to blanch the shank (the tender white part of the leek between the roots and leaves). Harvest in the fall and through winter. Leeks can freeze solid and will thaw to amazing tender deliciousness. Delayed maturity. 84 days.
1/16 oz. seed. Certified organic.

Lettuce, Devil’s Ear Lettuce, Devil’s Ear
French heirloom (Les Orielles du Diable) makes large, tapered green and burgundy leaves from a beautiful star-shaped rosette. Leaves have a nutty flavor. This variety is slow to bolt (make seed) but does best in our valley’s spring and fall seasons. Harvest when leaves are small (3“) or wait until it’s a large head. 50 days. Starting in March, plant every 2-3 weeks for a nice succession of harvests.
100 seeds. Certified organic.

Lettuce, Greenhouse Reds Mix - Latuca sativa
Includes Red Sails, Devil’s Ears and De Morges Braun - my favorite reds that I let go to seed each season in the greenhouse. The cooler the temps, the redder the leaves. Sow in early April. Cut when leaves are 3“ long and they’ll keep growing. Can keep planting lettuce 14-20 days until heat hits and then the leaves will taste bitter and the plants will bolt or make seed. Annual.
Contains 100 seeds. Certified organic.

Lettuce, Jericho - Lactuca sativa Lettuce, Jericho Mix
Start harvesting 25-30 days or wait 50-60 days to harvest a huge head. Sword shaped leaves have a sweet flavor and crisp texture that stand up impressively well in the Treasure Valley heat. Bred in Israel, this remarkable variety can grow into a big, bold head of Romain lettuce.
100 seeds. Certified organic.


Nevada Lettuce - Latuca sativa Nevada Lettuce
NEW FOR 2016 A green, Batavian-type lettuce with the right traits for the Treasure Valley. It tolerates the heat while producing crunchy, sweet leaves that are glossy and ruffled. Can harvest the whole head or cut the leaves and let it regrow. Lettuce can be planted in partial shade. Certified organic.

Marigold, Frances Hoffman - Tangetes patula Marigold, Frances Hoffman
Annual, 3 ft. tall. Long stemmed brilliant red and yellow blooms are lightly scented. Suitable for bouquets. The breeder named these after Frances who used to own/operate Hoffman’s Nursery in Nampa. Direct sow in mid-May. Plant in full sun.
30 seeds. Certified organic.

Mustard, Yellow Seed - Sinapsis alba Mustard, Yellow Seed
This is the seed to grow to make your own mustard. Lots of good zing in homemade mustard. Speaking of zingy spice, the tender leaves are loaded with heat, too. Add them to stir fries or salads. Mustard goes to flower real quick so the beneficial insects will appreciate the flowers and then you can save the seeds and make your own mustard. 30 days to bloom, 90 days to seed.
100 seeds. Certified organic.

Jasmine-scented Nicotiana - Nicotiana alata Jasmine-scented Nicotiana
NEW FOR 2016 The evening fragrance of this flower is divine. Be sure to plant it close to where you spend your summer evenings outdoors.The white tubular flowers are attractive to sphinx moths, butterflies and many more pollinators. Will regrow on rootstock or reseed. Needs full sun. Certified organic.



Onion, Ailsa Craig Sweet - Allium cepa Onion, Ailsa Craig Sweet
Think of this onion like a Walla Walla only it has better storage ability. Onions are big, up to 2 pounds, have strong, firm and sweet flesh. Heirloom, introduced in 1887 by a gardener from Ailsa which is a rocky island off the coast of Scotland. Might find a red onion in this lot - consider it a good luck sign! 110 days.
300 seeds. Certified organic.

Parsley, Gigante d’Italia Flatleaf - Petroselinum crispum
Biennial. This huge heirloom parsley has sweet, intensely flavored leaves that are preferred by cooks. Will grow large so space plants 15-18 inches apart. Parsley will make seed in its second year so needs to be planted every year to keep the kitchen garden cook happy. Soak seed for 24 hours before planting outside. 20 seeds. Certified organic.

Red Clover - Trifolium pratense Red Clover
The more I read about plantings for bees, especially bumblebees, the more I learn about how much these pollinators need red clover. This is a short lived clover (2-3 years), grows 13-16 inches tall, can be mowed several times during the growing season and tolerates some shade.
2,000 seeds. Certified organic seed sourced from Praying Mantis Farm (Canby, OR).

Salvia, Texas Hummingbird Sage - Salvia coccinea Salvia, Texas Hummingbird Sage
A sweet name for a red salvia flower that the hummingbirds really do love. Plant in big clumps to appreciate the intense scarlet-colored flowers. Drought tolerant, nice in bouquets, and blooms over a long period until frost. Plant seeds in mid-May directly into garden.
75 days. 50 seeds. Certified organic.


Silver Buckler Sorrel - Rumex scutatus Silver Buckler Sorrel
A wonderful perennial that isn’t an aggressive spreader. Small, shiny silver leaves have a wonderful tart, lemon flavor. Fun flavor to add to greens mix. Takes partial shade and needs consistent water. A beautiful plant for the perennial garden, too. Grows 10“ tall. Perennial.
30 seeds. Certified organic.

Sunflower, Busy Bee - Helianthus annuus Sunflower, Busy Bee Annual. This was supposed to be a variety called Sunspot but when I grew it out, there was a lot of variability. So we have been selecting for a short, single headed variety that we decided to call Busy Bee. Most sunflowers are attractive to pollinators. The pollen gives them protein and the nectar is a carbohydrate source for honey bees. It’s not unusual to see sweat bees sleep in the flower heads or a bumble bee paying a visit. Grows 3-4 ft. tall. It will grow taller with more water. Needs full sun. 55-60 days to bloom.
25 seeds. Certified organic.

Sweet Pepper, Pequillo Pimento - Capsicum annuum Pequillo Pimento
I’ve grown this amazing Basque pepper for years because it is the easiest pepper to peel after it’s been roasted. Never mind that it has sweet bold flavors. It peels like a dream. The 4-5 inch long, triangular fruits are pimento-red and super thick flesh. 80 days.
20 seeds. Very sustainably grown.

Sweet William Flower, Double Choice Mix - Dianthus barbatus Sweet William Flower
One of my favorite spring blossoms due to its clove-like fragrance. A biennial (makes seed in its second year) it easily self sows but not as a nuisance. Mix includes mostly pinks and reds; also includes a few whites. Sow outdoors in late summer or early fall. Or start indoors, two months before setting out.
40 seeds. Certified organic.

Tomato, Brandywine CherryBrandywine Cherry
Lycopersicon esculentum
Indeterminate habit. The same classic flavor of the famous heirloom but in a miniature size. Cherry sized fruits are pink, 1-inch, and packed with that sweet flavor. Potato leaf foliage. 70 days.
25 seeds. Certified organic.


Tomato, Jaune Flamme Salad - Lycopersicon esculentum Tomato, Jaune Flamme Salad
These fruits look like an apricot-colored egg. And they are sweet, fruity and prolific. Fruit is set on many trusses and produces all season long. I have long admired how they don’t flinch in our hot summers. Besides fresh eating, can be roasted and dried. French heirloom. 40 days from transplant.
25 seeds. Certified organic.

Tomato, Landis Frost Resistant Slicing - Lycopersicon esculentum
Indeterminate habit. Formerly known as Landis Frost Resistant, this early red slicer has done well in a variety of seasons in the Treasure Valley. Produces perfect tennis-ball shaped fruits. A classic hardy heirloom with excellent flavor. 60 days.
25 seeds. Certified organic.

Tomato, Pomodorini al Piennnolo SaucePomodorini al Piennnolo
Lycopersicon esculentum
Indeterminate habit. Very rare Italian heirloom. Sweet red fruits are 2” long x 1” wide; taper to a point on blossom end. Eat fresh, make into a delicious sauce/paste or enjoy tomato “candy” when dried.
65-70 days. 25 seeds. Certified organic.

Ropreco Sauce Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum Ropreco Sauce Tomato NEW FOR 2016 Heirloom red tomato has never disappointed in flavor and production. Resistant to blossom end rot. Delicious fresh, dried, canned as sauce or paste. Even though this is a determinate tomate, highly recommend staking/caging due to heavy fruit loads. 72 days. 3-4 oz. fruits. Certified organic.



Tomato, Russian Rose Slicing
Lycopersicon esculentum Russian Rose Tomato
A meaty, sweet, pink-rose tomato that is perfectly suited for the hot Treasure Valley gardening season. Large 12 oz. fruits keep coming in the scorching days of Aug/Sept. Always impressed with its productivity. Best if staked/caged. Heirloom. Indeterminate. 78 days.
25 seeds. Certified organic.

Striped German Slicing Tomato Striped German Slicing Tomato
Solanum lycopersicum
NEW FOR 2016 A beautiful red and yellow fruit. Its marbled red core is surrounded by juicy yellow flesh. Fruity, sweet flavor. Large 12+ oz. fruits start maturing in late August. Tall, indeterminate plants need to be staked. 80 days. Certified organic.


Watermelon, Ice Cream - Citrullus lanatus Watermelon
Annual. A sweet, pink-fleshed watermelon from the 19th century. Rind is a pale green cream-color. Known for its storage ability; will keep late into the winter. Very prolific; matures early. 90 days.
30 seeds. Certified organic.

Wheat, Black Eagle - Triticum aestivum Wheat, Black Eagle This is a hard red spring wheat, the kind good for bread baking. But I grow it for its beautiful bouquet qualities. It’s simply spectacular. The long black awns and black hulls really grabs people’s attention. Grows 4-5 feet tall. Plant in early March. Ready to cut when heads are dried down around early to mid-August. Only needs to be watered 3-4 times depending on spring rains.
150 seeds. Certified organic.


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Canyon Bounty Farm was established in 1999.