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About Skyfire Garden Seeds
Vegetable, flower and herb seeds
for the home gardener
- To make heirloom seeds and rare varieties more available.
- To provide older, standard varieties that have been favorites for years.
- To help gardeners find varieties that will tolerate very hot summers.
What we sell:
- Heirloom tomatoes (over 100 varieties), rare eggplants, heirloom peppers and more
- Standard varieties that have been favorites for years and grow in most US climate zones
- Vegetables that tolerate hot, dry summers
- All open-pollinated varieties, that means NO HYBRIDS
- NO GMO (genetically modified organism): We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge.
- NO treated seed
- Colorful flower seed mixes
- Colorful vegetable seed mixes
- All varieties are EASY TO GROW with ordinary care.
Heirloom Tomatoes. Every year I look for varieties that have some special characteristics, such as
great flavor, heavy production, drought tolerance, interesting colors or fun shapes.
- Easy to grow varieties. All the seeds in the catalog (except maybe a few rare flowers) are easy to germinate and grow following standard
germination and growing practices. If I offer a flower that takes skill to grow, that information will be in the seed description.
Any garden book can give beginners adequate advice. Please patronize your local library. Packets include basic planting instructions,
such as seed depth, seed spacing, etc.
- Colorful, fun mixes of vegetables or flowers to help you have a beautiful, productive garden.
These seeds are:
- Open-pollinated (non-hybrid)
- Non-GMO Click
here to view the Safe Seed Pledge
- Seed grown in Kansas are grown with organic methods, but we have not paid
for certification. Some seeds are purchased from large commercial wholesalers
and some from small certified organic producers. Since I don't have a
certified facility, I can't list them as "certified organic." Those seeds purchased from
certified farms are listed
as organic, but do not state "grown in Kansas."
- We try to find seeds that are adapted to different climates. Some are
offered because they grow well in most climates, and others are chosen because
they produce well in difficult climates. If the plant was bred specifically for
a certain climate, the listing will state it.
Our companyThis is a mom-and-pop seed company. We do try to send your seeds
to you within two business days of receiving the order. However, Weather in Kansas can be unpredictable.
How did we get started? The orignial owner, Micki, joined Seed Savers Exchange many years ago, back when it
was located in Missouri. They moved to Iowa quite a while ago. Kent and Diane (founders of Seed Savers Exchange)
were some of the first people to realize the rapid rate at which vegetable varieties were going extinct.
For thousands of years people have been breeding and saving all kinds of useful, delicious, beautiful, healthful, locally-adapted
vegetable varieties. With the consolidation of hundreds of small seed companies into a few massive corporations, many plant varieties
were being lost forever. They started a grass roots movement to save heirloom vegetables. Inspired by them, Micki started
to grow several varieties to offer to other heirloom grower members of Seed Savers Exchange. It just kept growing and soon
she decided to buy enough land to help more in preserving the vegetables our ancestors worked so hard to develop.
The new owner of Skyfire Garden seeds is Patrick, a Master Gardener. He is delighted that the seed company will stay in Kansas
and hopes to interact with the gardening community.
Every year I try many varieties to see how
well they do in central Kansas. We usually have very hot weather in July and
August (in the 90s) with 1-2 inches of rain per month, if we are lucky. I hope to be able to offer the best of
the trial varieties in the future. The weather can very quite a bit from year to year.
In 2011 it was so hot that most flowering plants did not make
flowers. We had a record number of days over 100 degrees, so only 3 varieties of tomatoes produced much fruit. Then 2012 was
only a little cooler. But 2013 started out very cool and wet. The tomatoes hated it until normal 90 degree weather came back in late summer.
The picture is an interpretation of a painting from a pre-Inca Peruvian pot.
Skyfire Garden Seeds
1228 North 7th Street
Salina, KS 67401
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Revised -- Dec. 9, 2013
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