Resolve to Grow Your Very Own Native or Tasty Garden

Happy New Year! It's the time of year that many of us make New Year's resolutions. Why not choose to grow your very own Tasty Garden or native flower garden? At SummerWinds Nursery, we have a wide selection of high-quality seeds—from organic and non-GMO certified to heirloom.

Vegetables & Herbs

At SummerWinds, we carry the highest quality vegetable and herb seeds, including those from Botanical Interests and Lake Valley Seed.

Botanical Interests

Botanical Interests' goal is to inspire and educate consumers so that they can create beautiful and prolific gardens. Their seed packets are designed to give customers the information they need to be a more successful gardener. They offer many heirloom seed varieties, a large selection of USDA Certified Organic seed varieties, all their seed is untreated and tested for its germination rate, and they do not use any GMOs.

Lake Valley Seed

Lake Valley Seed's flower, herb and vegetable seeds are carefully selected from growers around the world. All are non-GMO and untreated, including no treatment with neoniotinoid pesticides. Their seeds are USDA Certified Organic and germination tested twice-yearly.

Vegetable & Herb Seeds for Winter Planting:

  • Arugula
  • Artichokes, Globe & Jerusalem
  • Asparagus
  • Beans, Snap/Bush
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy/Pak Choi
  • Borage
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage, including Chinese
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cilantro (Coriander)
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill
  • Endive
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • German Chamomile
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce, Head & Leaf
  • Lovage
  • Mint
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nasturtiums
  • Onions, Bulb
  • Onions, Green/Scallions
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Sage
  • Spinach
  • Tarragon
  • Turnips
  • and more...

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Sandia Seeds Co. Pepper SeedsPeppers

Sandia Seed Company

All of Sandia Seed Company's hot pepper seeds are GMO-Free and are organically-sourced, so you know you're getting a quality product.

At SummerWinds Nursery, we sell a variety of pepper seeds, including those listed below:

Hot Pepper SeedsHot Peppers

  • Habanero Chocolate: Sweet fresh and tastes good before the heat. Fantastic in garden salsa. Heat Level: Get 'er Done Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 350,000 - 450,000

Super Hot Peppers

  • Super Hot Pepper SeedsBhut Jolokia - Chocolate: Just as evil as Red Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper, but sweeter and more delicious! Heat Level: Dangerously Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 1,000,000.
  • Bhut Jolokia - Red Ghost Pepper: This pepper will supply you with all the heat you need! The chile paste made from these super hot peppers is used for hot sauce, and even for bear spray and tear gas. Great for fresh salsa, chutney, jerk sauces, and ghost pepper jam. Heat Level: Extreme, Severe and Intense. Scoville Heat Units: >1,400,000.
  • Carolina Reaper: When you eat it your ears will pop, your body will tingle and everything will feel numb! Heat Level: Extreme Severe and Intense. Scoville Heat Units: 1,500,000 - 2,000,000.
  • Devil's Tongue: Similar to Fatalii color and shape, but has smoother skin, is slightly smaller and packs a lot more heat. Heat Level: Extra Super Hot. Scoville Heat Units: >400,000. Open-pollinated, Heirloom.
  • Tombstone Ghost Pepper: The heat is far more than you would expect. It keeps creeping up on you until shivers go down your spine and your face goes numb. Heat Level: Extreme, Severe and Intense. Scoville Heat Units: 1,000,000.
  • Trinidad - Moruga Scorpion: This pepper contains so much capsacin, that it blasts past the numbing response in your mouth and produces a ferocious burning sensation! Heat Level: Insanely Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 2,000,000.
  • Trinidad - Scorpion Butch T: Recognized as the world's hottest pepper by Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. Heat Level: Extreme, Severe and Intense. Scoville Heat Units: 1,000,000.
  • Trinidad - Scorpion Yellow (CARDI): Yellow is a rare and extremely hot pepper which originates in Trinidad. Heat Level: Extreme, Severe and Intense. Scoville Heat Units: 850,000

Green Chili Peppers

  • Green Chili Pepper SeedsAnaheim - Heirloom: The granddaddy of all future New Mexico pod types. Heat Level: Mild. Scoville Heat Units: 500 - 1,000.
  • Big Jim Legacy: An all around winner when it comes to green chile. Has incredible New Mexican chile flavor, thick flesh and mild to medium heat. A favorite for chile rellenos. Heat Level: Mild to Medium. Scoville Heat Units: 2,000 - 4,000.
  • Chimayo: An heirloom chile with a fantastic red chile flavor. At first it tastes sweet and then medium hot. Heat Level: Medium. Scoville Heat Units: 4,000 - 6,000.
  • Hatch Green Hot - DoubleCross: A perfect chile for those that love Big Jim but want a little more heat with large and hot meaty pods. Heat Level: Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 9,000 - 10,000.
  • Hatch Green Mild - NM 6-4: The most popular green chile to grow because of its mild heat content and since it matures early and grows well in short seasons. Heat Level: Mild. Scoville Heat Units: 1,000.
  • Hatch Green Medium - Big Jim: An heirloom variety with authentic green chile flavor and medium heat! Heat Level: Medium. Scoville Heat Units: 2,000 - 4,000.
  • Hatch Red Medium - Joe E. Parker: Authentic red chile flavor with mild to medium heat. Heat Level: Medium to Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 1,000 - 3,000.
  • Hatch Red XHot - Ms. Junie: Authentic red chile flavor with a lot of hot heat! Perfect for roasting, making red chile sauces or grinding into pungent red chile powder from its dried pods. Heat Level: X Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 9,000 - 10,000.
  • NuMex - Jalmundo Jalapeno: This jalapeno is bigger and has more heat than the early jalapeno peppers. Easy to grow in containers and matures early. Heat Level: Very Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 17,000.
  • NuMex - Sandia Select: Superior flavor, uniform high heat level and a thick fruit wall. Heat Level: Hot. Scoville Heat Units: 8,000 - 9,000.
  • Paprika - Numex R. Naky Heirloom: Easy to grow and wonderful when dried and made into a powder for flavoring foods. Heat Level: Sweet and Very Mild. Scoville Heat Units: 0 - 100.
  • Poblano - Heirloom: Fresh green poblanos make some of the best rellenos because of their mild heat and heart-like shape. Anchos are the dried form of this pepper, and are used in making many sauces like mole. Heat Level: Mild. Scoville Heat Units: 500 - 1,000.

Sweet Peppers

  • Sweet PeppersBell Pepper - Golden Cal Wonder: An American heirloom since 1920 that has a very sweet flavor, making it a wonderful addition to salads, stir-fries, and any dish where great color and sweet taste are desired. Heat Level: None - Sweet Pepper. Scoville Heat Units: 0
  • NuMex - Trick or Treat Habanero: A new and delicious no heat habanero pepper that looks and tastes like an orange habanero. Heat Level: Sweet. Scoville Heat Units: 0
  • Shishito: This Japanese heirloom sweet pepper has great flavor and is easy to prepare! Great for container gardening. Heat Level: None. Scoville Heat Units: 0

Native Flowers

The Native Seed Company

At SummerWinds Nursery, we sell a variety of native flower seeds that contain species that were chosen for their ease of germination, and for their ability to flourish in our desert climate conditions, including:

The Native Seed CompanyFlowers

  • Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata): Silvery gray, fuzzy foliage with abundant bright yellow flowers. Blooms February through October.
  • Firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella): Also known as "Blanket flower" or "Indian Blanket". Popular annual that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with showy 1 to 2 inch flowers with bright heads often with red coloring at the base, blending into yellow tips, each with jagged edges at the ends of the petals. Blooms February through October.
  • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris): This showy, daisy like, perennial is easy to grow and the 2 to 3 feet tall stems of bright red flowers with yellow tips, make a wonderful backdrop in your wildflower bed! Blooms April through October.
  • Penstemon (Penstemon eatonii): Also known as "Firecracker Penstemon". One of the showier penstemons, these magnificant bright red, tubular flowers sometimes exceed 2 inches in length. This perennial has sprawling erect grayish blue waxy stems boasting beautiful flower stalks. Blooms February through April.

Special Mixes

  • Birds & Butterfly: A specially selected mix of flowers that are known to be enticing attractants for both birds and butterflies! Flowers: Lupine, California Poppy, Cosmos, Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Scarlet Sage, Desert Marigold, Sweet Alyssum, Four O'Clock and Penstemeon. Blooms March through November.
  • Desert Bloom: A classic mix of beautiful desert wildflowers, specially selected for their ability to thrive in arid, desert climates. Flowers: Desert Marigold, Cassia Covesii, Desert Lupine, Blue Bells, California Poppy and Penstemon Eatonii. Blooms February through April.
  • Sonoran Desert: A mix of native desert seeds designed to cover disturbed areas where re-growth and erosion control is sought. Mix includes some wildflowers, grasses and bushes: Creosote, Triangle Bursage, Encella Farinosa, Desert Marigold, Cassia Covesii, Desert Globe Mallow and Needle Grama. Can be planted all year long, with spring bloom on many of the species.
  • Summer Bloom: A delightful mix of both annuals and perennials that will begin to bloom at the end of spring, and stay strong until possibly the first frost! This mix can grow tall and be enjoyed throughout the summer, allowing for light bouquet cutting to bring into the house, as well! Flowers: Firewheels, Desert Marigold, Mexican Hat, Dog Fir and Coreopsis. Blooms April through November.

To take advantage of the winter rains, we recommend you plant your native seeds outdoors

Seed starting tools

We've Got What You Need to Grow from Seed!

At SummerWinds Nursery, we've got the tools you need to help you successfully grow your vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed!

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