Welcome to Lazy Ox Farm, Home of the Awesome Heirloom Tomato
Your gardening source for top quality vegetable and herb plants and seeds. Providing you, our valued customer and fellow gardener, with vigorous, fun, beautiful, flavorful, and unique varieties is our goal. Doing this in a responsible manner that improves the earth for future generations is our mission. Please browse our offerings and find those perfect plants and seeds that will enhance your gardening and culinary experience! x
Updated January 2, 2014
Welcome to our new store. All seed and plant varieties are now ready to order.
We have many new, exciting varieties for 2014, plus all of your old favorites.
Seedsship year round. There is a $12 minimum order and shipping is free. We produce all of our seeds right here on our farm. We do not buy and re-sell seeds, as most seed companies do. We are in control of the process from seed, through germination and growth, to seed harvest, drying, and testing. We have several new seed varieties for 2014. New this year are:
Tomatoes: Berkeley Tie Dye, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye, Persimmon, German Giant, Mule Team, Evergreen, Cherokee Chocolate, and Pink Honeydrop.
Other new seed varieties: Edisto Melon, Glass Gem Corn, and Petch Siam eggplant.
Most of our seeds are heirloom varieties. All of our seeds are open pollinated, which means that you can save seeds and next year's plants will grow true to type.All of our seeds are produced by us right here on our farm in accordance with accepted commercial seed production standards and isolation distances, and we are licensed to sell our own seed by the State of Missouri (License #149045.) We germination test all of our seeds and exceed the Federal minimum germination standards guidelines. Germination test results are posted with each seed description. We want you to know that you are getting quality seeds when you order from us. We gaurantee our seed to be vigorous and grow true to type. Our seeds are produced in healthy soil using sustainable* methods. We ship seed orders within 2 business days if paid by PayPal or Stripe.
Plantsship weekly from late March (weather permitting) through late May. We are currently accepting orders for the 2014 season. Within 2 days of receiving your order we will e-mail you with a shipping date for your plants. We base your shipping date on your last frost date. You can change your scheduled ship date. Just e-mail us back and let us know when you want your plants. Please click on the Shipping tab on the top of the page for more information about shipping.
New plant varieties for 2014: :Tomatoes: Pink and Purple Bumble Bees, Red Zebra, Big Zebra, Copia, Costoluto Genovese, Jersey Devil, Snow White cherry, Principe Borghese, Red Current, Cherokee Chocolate, Blue Berries, Indigo Apple, Indiana Red Oxheart, and Sweet Chelsea is back!
In super hot peppers, we have added the three hottest: Bhut Jolokia Ghost pepper, Trinidad Scorpian Butch T, and Carolina Reaper.
. New sweet peppers are: Chocolate Beauty and Carolina Wonder (nematode resistant).
New eggplant is: Petch Siam.
We have expanded our cucurbit varieties this year.
Cucumbers: Boothby's Blonde, Crystal Apple, and Little Leaf Pickling.
Melons: Edisto, Jenny Lind.
Squash/Pumpkins: Bush Buttercup, Waltham Butternut, Musque de Provence, Rouge Vif D'Tempes
Watermelon: Crimson Sweet, Sugar Baby
We have a 6 plant minimum order size for shipping purposes.
Our plants are produced by us in our own greenhouse using our own organic soil mix. We are an inspected and licensed nursery by the State of Missouri (License #1931). We use only organic products in the growing and maintaining of our plants (and seeds). For more information, click on the "About our Plants" tab up above.
Your success is our success, so we do our absolute best to ship you the highest quality plants and seeds of varieties that have proven themselves superior for home garden production and enjoyment.
We accept major credit cards and bank cards through PayPal and Stripe. You do not need a PayPal account. We also accept checks and money orders.
Cold Climate Gardeners: Check out our selection! We farmed in Northern Idaho for 10 years and sold plants at the Kootenai County Farmers' Market. We offer a great selection of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants especially for you.
We include a seed starting guide and directions on how to care for your plants with every order.
OUR GUARANTEE: We guarantee that your plants and seeds will arrive in good condition and be true to type. If you have any problem with your order or plants, PLEASE let us know! We cannot make it right if we don't know about it. We will replace, refund, or issue a credit, whichever you prefer. Remember that our e-mails to you might end up in your junk mail file. If you have corresponded with us and have not heard back within 2 days, please check your junk mail or call us.
IMPORTANT: Please read "Shipping" and "About Our Plants" before you order. It explains quite a lot about what you need to know about how we do things and what you can expect. If you have any questions/comments/suggestions/complaints (constructive criticism??), please e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at(417)778-16779am to 5pm Central Standard Time.
"Just wanted to let you know thetomato plantsarrived safe and sound and looking really good. I must say I’ve ordered lots of plants by mail, but your packing far exceeds any other. Thank you for taking such good care of them."
"Thanks so much for your great service and products! And special thanks for the freetomato plant. I am so pleased with your prompt service and the quality, not to mention receiving plants so carefully packaged they survived the journey all the way out here to California with flying colors. I just placed another order for myself and one to be shipped to my sister Karen who is on a seriously tight budget (as many folks are these days). I will be giving you all of my vegetable plant business from now on."
On Thursday afternoon, I received my 1'st ever order from your company.
Six "GOLIATH" 'mater plants. And I'm here to tell ya Margie, the plants look great,
ANDthe packing was outstanding!
Your printed planting/growing instructions, that were included with my order,
Broughtmorethan a single smile, to this ol' mater grower's face!
Seems that I've been doing ityour way,
For several decades now."
"Thanks so much for the quick shipping and beautiful plants! Much nicer than anything I hvae gotten from Burpee!!!"
"We have received our plants and they are beautiful. We will enjoy our veggies this year and order from you again next year.
God's peace be yours"
"Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for my beautiful plants, and for your thoughtfulness to include the two extras. I especially like the Koralik, since my grandparents emigrated here from Russia :)
Thanks again, and have a happy summer,
PS See you next year!"
"I received myAmishPastetomato plantson Wedand got them planted that evening. Thank you for shipping them out so quickly. They're beautiful, sturdy plants and I was delighted to find someone that sold them. This was the third year I started tomatoes from seed (Amish Paste tomato plants are not to be found locally), but I just don't seem to have the knack for seed starting, and this year's batch was exceptionally dismal. Now that I know about Lazy Ox Farm, I won't have to worry with all that next spring! Thank you also for the extra plant you sent along. I've never even heard of an Orange Banana (sounds like a knock-knock joke) tomato variety -- I'm looking forward to trying it."
"Everything came in a timely manner. Thanks for the extra plant. I am so happy to have found your site. "
"Received very healthy, well-packed plants, delivered on time. They have a great selection, including some unusual varieties, and their customer service is excellent. Will definitely order again."
"This was my first time ordering from Lazy Ox Farm, but it won't be my last. My plants arrived in excellent condition, and they seem to be very healthy."
* What does "sustainable" mean to us? We grow organically, but choose not to be certified, so we cannot claim to be organic, even though we are. We believe that our methods are "beyond organic" because we produce almost all of our soil's fertility and tilth right here on our farm. We believe that a healthy, vigorous soil teaming with life produces healthy, vigorous plants that promote healthy, vigorous people and a healthy planet. Therefore, we concentrate on improving our soil through a program of cover cropping, crop rotation, applying our own compost, mulching with straw, (earthworms love it), and occasionally applying rock powders if called for on a soil test. We apply no poisons to our soil, organic or otherwise. If pests appear in numbers that are too damaging, we use cultural controls as a first choice for defense (floating row covers, hand picking, etc.) If stronger methods are called for we use the mildest, organic sprays available (insecticidal soap, diatomaceous earth, BT, Spinosad.) For disease control we use a copper soap product. We love our beneficial insects, and often forego spraying to spare them. They reward us by often controlling the pest. When we do spray, we do so very carefully to avoid harming the native bees and the honeybees that a neighbor keeps on our farm. If you have any questions about our methods or are looking for specific advice, we would love to hear from you. Our phone number and e-mail address are above. Happy Gardening!
Goliath tomatoes growing in our garden. Big and yummy!