Urban Farm Nursery
Crow Feather Farm is proud to offer a small urban nursery that specializes in edible and medicinal plants that are often hard to find in larger retail nurseries.
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All plants are Edible and/or Medicinal, most are perennial, and many support beneficial insects!!
All plants grown in organic potting soil with repurposed plastic pots or 100% biodegradable cow pots.
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Plant List as of 6/5/20
Aji Crystal Hot Pepper (Capsicum baccatum) Annual
Full sun. I am picky about my annual vegetable varieties. Over the years I've tried out many varieties and am looking for versatility in the garden and kitchen, as well as excellent flavor, ease of growing AND productivity. This pepper hits all the marks. Prolific, large plants, peppers start out yellow/green, then turn orange and then bright red. Can be harvested throughout it's stages of ripeness for a range of flavors. I found the younger peppers have a fruity taste and generally have less heat. I eat many of them fresh and process the rest to make a fermented hot pepper sauce. SO GOOD.
4inch pot $2/each, 2 for $3
Astragalus (Astragalus propinquus) Perennial
Part sun, Full sun, if grown with other plants to buffer the heat. This is the famous herb that is used in countless formulas for balancing energy in overworked bodies. Astragulus is in the legume family, likes sandy, well drained soil, so raised beds or very large pots may be the way to go if you have heavy clay soils.
1 gallon pot $5/each
Cinnamon Vine (Dioscorea batatas) Perennial
Full Sun. Known as Chinese yam as well as Light Root in Biodynamic/Waldorf circles. Perennial vine with inconspicuous flowers that smell strongly like cinnamon in the early summer. Edible and tasty tubers develop on the vine (aerial tubers) which you can harvest in the fall. The vine also has edible roots valued in Asia. Propagated by aerial tubers as the flowers are male and do not produce seed.
4inch pot $4/each
Dǎng Shēn (Codonopsis pilosula) Perennial
Part sun/Part shade. A tender vine in habit that can scramble up a light trellis. Offers light green bellflowers in the summer and a medicinal/edible root that is well known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a gentle energy tonic. Wants well draining soil and regular watering.
4inch cowpot $6/each
Earthnut Pea (Lathyrus tuberosus) Perennial
This plant is new to me. I am intrigued because it is perennial pea grown for its sweet edible tubers. Also known as tuberous pea, tuberous vetchling, aardaker and many other names this plant creates tubers which help it spread throughout the soil. These tubers are edible and purportedly very tasty. I will be growing Earthnut in pots at first to get to get to know it's personality and to taste the tubers...you can too!
4inch cowpots $5/each
Groundnut (Apios americana) "Kennebec" Perennial
Groundnut is a perennial edible tuber in the legume family that is very high in protein. A vine in habit with showy flowers. 'Kennebec' is a unique selection from Maine because of it's early emergence (groundnuts are usually slow to get growing) and it has edible beans as well as tubers. I haven't tried the beans yet but the tubers taste like a cross between a potato and peanut...kind of.
4 inch pots $6/each
High Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Biennial or short lived Perennial
Full sun to part shade. Moist soils, good drainage is not necessary but give good air circulation. Flowers large, showy, purple with dark veins on plants that grow up to 3 feet. Bright-green leaves. The leaves and flowers are edible steamed, stewed, raw. Excellent cutflower. Medicinal uses as well for it’s mucilage.
4 inch pot $3/each
Mitsuba (Cryptotaenia japonica) Perennial
Part shade. A woodland plant also called Japanese parsley. Mistuba is a perennial but is often grown as an annual and harvested young and small to be sold in markets in Japan. Can grow as a cut-and-come-again herb. Will reseed if you do not deadhead spent flowers but the small seedlings are also, of course, edible. Sometimes mitsuba is used as a microgreen.
4 inch pots $3/each
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) Annual (in our climate)
Full sun. A relative of sweet potatoes, this is a vine from Florida with heart shaped leaves and large 6inch white flowers that open before your eyes in the evening and purportedly smell divine. I've never grown this before, but received seeds from a friend and am curious to try it. I'm reading that growing in large pots and crowding the roots may increase flowering. Very limited availability, so scoop them up and have a flower opening watch party later this summer!
1 gallon pots ready to be potted up $7/each
Perennial Purple Tree Collard (Brassica oleracea) Perennial
Full sun. This really is a perennial brassica but there are a few tricks get to the most from this abundant plant. Plenty of compost and rich garden soil as well as frequent harvesting is a must. Harvest year round! Can plant in large pots/containers. Rarely flowers. Propagated by cuttings.
4inch pots $4/each
Purple Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas) Annual (in our climate)
Full sun. Well draining, warm soils. I've grown purple sweet potatoes in very large pots and harvesting the tubers is quite a treat. But what most folks don't know is that the leaves of sweet potatoes are edible too! We harvest and stir fry the leaves as the plants start growing abundantly and in the early fall we unearth the tubers which store very well in our pantry. The tubers also keep their purple color even after cooking.
Large 4inch pots $4/each
Sea Kale (Crambe maritima) Perennial
Full sun/part sun. This is another perennial greens plant. While not in the Brassica genus like Kale, Collards, etc, this plant is in the same family...it’s a cousin of sorts. An edible ornamental plant, light green/silvery leaves, white flowers and very interesting seeds heads. Prefers well draining soils. Can propagate by root cuttings.
1 gallon pot $8/each
Skirret (Sium sisarum) Perennial
Full sun, part sun. A tough attractive plant, skirret was used in Europe during the medieval times. The roots are very tasty, like a sweet/floral/parsnip but fell out of favor with the introduction of the potato. The leaves are strong tasting but can be blanched under cover early in the spring to mellow them out for use in salads and stir fries. The plants are tolerant of wet/clay soils and the flowers are a great nectary for insects. Deadhead flowers after blooming unless you want seed.
1 gallon pots $8/each
Tomatoes, Sauce (Solanum lycopersicum) 2 varieties: Amish Paste and Polish Linguisa Annual
Full sun. Prolific, heirloom sauce or fresh eating tomatoes. Polish Linguisa is new to me, but I'm intrigued by stories of sausage shaped tomatoes weighing in at about 1/2 pound each. Healthy, not root bound, hardened off, ready to transplant.
1 gallon pots $5/each
Wapato (Sagittaria latifolia) Perennial
Full sun, part sun. Edible and decorative water plant. Over time will easily fill a pond with tubers which come up and have arrowhead shaped leaves and pretty white flowers later in the season. Tubers are edible as well as the vegetative shoots and flower buds. I have eaten the tubers but haven’t tried the vegetative parts yet. Excited to experiment.
4inch pot $4/each, 2 for $6
Winter Squash, Candystick Dessert Delicata (Curcurbita pepo) Annual
My favorite delicata variety because the flesh is thick and the flavor is sweet, like dates. SO delicious for breakfast in the winter with hard cheese and crackers and a strong cup of tea. Stores very well in the pantry.
4inch pot $2
Winter Squash, Sweet Meat (Cucurbita maxima) Annual
A classic heirloom winter squash with excellent keeping qualities and delicious eating. Also a favorite of mine when I have room to grow this beauty.
4inch pot $2
Odds and Ends (Recent transplants, seedlings, roots cuttings, some plants that I only have one of, plants that need homes ASAP, etc.) Prices range from $1-$5/each
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Comfrey root cuttings (bocking 14, sterile seeds) (Symphytum x uplandicum)
"Cascade" Hop (Humulus lupulus)
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Winter savory (Satureja montana)
Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)
Common Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Good King Henry (Blitum bonus-henricus)
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Sweet Violet (Viola odorata)
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
and likely more....
Plants coming soon...
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Bò Hé or Chinese Mint (Mentha haplocalyx)
French Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
**The information on the Crow Feather Farm website is for educational purposes only. An important part of using any plants that you are unfamiliar with is learning what part to use and when, how to prepare the plants as well as being cautious about your own individual reactions to the plants.