Nothing gets me more excited about spring than when the new seeds start arriving. Ok, maybe if the sun is out, and the snow has melted, and we can start planting then I would be even more excited – but new seeds to try is always an eye-opener for me. Experimenting with new seed varieties is just downright fun. These new additions include some fun, colorful mixes, some old favorites that we have added to our selection, and a couple amazing new introductions. All of these new varieties are worth looking into if you want something unique and different from what you have grown in the past. I’d have to say that my new blend of heat tolerant lettuce and the Rainbow beet blend are two of my new favorites. I will be planting the Pepitas Pumpkin for sure – who doesn’t want hull-less pumpkin seeds for an easy roasted snack!?! I anticipate most of these to be available by early February, so be patient, they’re not here quite yet.

Chinese Express Cabbage: Light green, medium head size. Mild, sweet, and tender crispness. Early, full-sized heads are well wrapped and uniform. 65-80 days to maturity from direct seed. Bolt resistant.

Astro Arugula: Medium green leaves, wide at top with a slight cut to the outer edge. Pleasant, nutty flavor that grows stronger as the weather warms. Slow to bolt, but once it flowers, the tiny blooms can be added to salads for a peppery flavor. Germinates quickly and tolerates hot and cold weather.

White Albino Beet: Completely white and fairly smooth roots make for a delicious, sweet, mild taste. Heirloom from Holland. About 55 days to harvest. Ideal for eating fresh, boiling, roasting, pickling, and freezing.

Rainbow Beet Mix: Rainbow blend is a festive mix of colors and flavors. The White Albino Beet, Detroit Dark Red Beet, Burpee Golden Beet all provide a delicious, sweet, mild taste which matches perfectly with the sweet, buttery smooth, striped Chiogga Beet. Kids will love this colorful, flavorful blend!

Pepitas Pumkin: Grown especially for its seeds, the Pepita Pumpkin is a winner for decor as well as for the culinary arts. Pepita means "little squash" in Spanish. It’s unique, un-shelled seeds are found only in select varieties of pumpkins. Pepitas lack their tough, outer shell which makes them delicious and easy to eat. A high yield produces numerous, medium sized (9-12 lbs), orange pumpkins with green stripes at maturity.

Pick a Bushel Cucumber: This ultra-productive variety sets to fruit early while only spreading out about 24 in. This bush plant grows perfect size picklers that offer a sweet, light taste with a firm texture. Excellent for pickling when harvested early. When left of the vine, fruits can get as long as 6 inches. The perfect variety for a patio container.

Mark's Outrageous Heat-Tolerant Lettuce Mix: This incredible, heat tolerant mix contains Outback, Red Sails, Red Romaine, Royal Red, Esmeralda, Summertime, and Simpson Elite lettuce. Each of these varieties can not only be planted and harvested through the summer, but also provide an excellent mix of flavors. A great mix for late planters and lettuce lovers.

Pretty N' Sweet Pepper: Edible ornamental pepper that is sweet and multi-colored. This compact 18 inch plant is a winner for patio containers, providing a beautiful display while still producing a tasty fruit. This variety has been modified to have a much thicker wall and sweeter taste. Sweeter than Sweet Banana or most sweet bell peppers when mature.