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Arugula Vegetable Seeds
Arugula - Slow Bolt $2.95
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Herb Type: Arugula Variety: Slow Bolt Family: Brassica Botanical Name: Eruca Vesicaria Sativa Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Growing Difficulty:  2 Soil PH:  6.0 – 7.0 Fertilizer Requirements:  None Soil Type: Moist, Well Draining Germination (days): 7 – 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 40 – 55°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  30 – 50 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  1-6” Row Spacing: 30-36”   Arugula Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW 2 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Starting Arugula Indoors 8-12 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Arugula Growing Tips It is usually a good practice to start Arugula plants closer together, thin the weakest plants and allow the strongest to thrive. Use the thinned plants as your earliest harvest in salads or as a garnish. If growing in heat of summer, plant in part shade or use a shade cloth to delay bolting. It is also wise to keep Arugula very well-watered, as it tends to have a shallow root system that is susceptible to drying out. Culinary Uses of Arugula Commonly used in salads or on sandwiches. Arugula Medicinal Uses Arugula was used as an aphrodisiac by both the Romans and Egyptians. The oil produced by pressing the seeds (Taramina oil) is still widely used today. Such uses include hair growth serums, dandruff control, lice and parasite treatment, as well as a topical anti-inflammatory. Harvesting Crops Harvest Arugula continuously for a long lasting and nutritious plant. Cut leaves when they are 2 - 4 inches and leave the center of the plant in-tact. It will continue producing and increase your yield per plant. Harvesting Seed Allow the Arugula to bolt and start producing seed heads. Once the seed heads have matured and the plant is no longer growing, cut the seed head stalks and dry until seeds become too hard to dent with your fingernail. Store in a cool dry place until next season. (Tip: Most Arugula seed will remain viable for six years, even more if you are using proper storage methods)
Organic Asparagus Seeds
Asparagus - Mary Washington $3.59
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Asparagus Variety: Mary Washington Family: Asparagaceae Botanical Name: Asparagus Officinalis Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  7 Soil PH:  7.0 – 7.2 Fertilizer Requirements:  10-10-10 Soil Type: Sandy Loam Germination (days): 21 – 30 Soil Temp for Germination: 70-85°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  1095 (3yrs Avg Maturity) Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  18” Row Spacing: 30-36”   Sowing Instructions Indoors Starting Indoors 12-14 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips The most important part of growing Asparagus is the preparation of the bed. You should loosen the dirt to a depth of 6" to 12" before you begin. It is also advised that this should be a mix of high-quality compost and topsoil. Make sure you eradicate ALL WEEDS and GRASSES, as asparagus will not grow well with competition. Hardiness zones of 4 through 8 but may thrive in warmer weather when protected from intense summer heat. Culinary Uses Commonly used as a side dish and can be prepared in a wide variety of ways. Medicinal Uses Asparagus is used as a medicinal plant in many ways, using the many parts of the plant (spears, root and rhizomes). It is used in "irrigation therapy" to increase urination, while also being a common urinary tract infection treatment. Other uses include joint pain, hormone imbalances in women, lung and throat dryness, constipation, neuritis, AIDS, cancer and diseases caused by parasites. Asparagus is also commonly used for the prevention of kidney and bladder stones as well as anemia. You may also apply topically to the skin for drying sores, detoxifying and even treating acne. Harvesting Crops Do not be greedy, asparagus takes years to develop into a hardworking and productive crop. After a year in the ground, you will be able to harvest a few stems per plant. The next year, a few more stems and so on. If you harvest too many stems from the asparagus plants, it will not develop the root system that large producing asparagus crops require to thrive. Harvesting Seed At the end of summer of maturity, asparagus plants will be quite tall and have leafy or lacy tops. After the berries turn bright red and tops begin to fall over, you should pull the berries off the foliage stems. Split the berries open and remove the seeds from inside. Store until next year and you will be able to multiple your crop year after year.
Contender Bush Bean Seeds
Bean - Contender from $4.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Bean Variety: Contender (Bush) Family: Legumes Botanical Name: Phaseolus Vulgaris Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  4 Soil PH:  5.8 to 6.5 Fertilizer Requirements:  5-10-10 Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 6 – 10    Soil Temp for Germination: 60 – 80°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  40 – 50 Planting Depth:  1” Distance Apart (in row):  2” Row Spacing: 24-36”   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST Starting Indoors 2-3 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips Plant seeds about 1 to 1.5 inches deep. You may go as deep as 2 inches when sowing in the summer for a fall crop. After germination, thin plants to 4 inches apart (keep strongest starts). Culinary Uses Early maturing stringless bush bean that produces a huge yield of tender beans. Great for fresh cooking, canning, or freezing. Harvesting Crops The contender bean will mature about a week earlier than most other bean varieties. It is best to pick them when they are about 5" long. Although they will grow to around 8", they are most tender when picked before fully mature. Harvesting Seed Select a couple of plants to use as seed stock. Allow these beans to fully mature to around 8" in total length. Once they reach their full length, allow the bean pods to dry completely on the plant. The bean pods will turn a light brown color and the seeds will rattle on the inside. After they completely dry, crack open the bean pods and store the seeds in a cool dry place for planting next season.
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Bean - Fava $5.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Bean Variety: Fava (Broad Bean, Faba Bean) Family: Legumes Botanical Name: Vicia faba Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Growing Difficulty:  3 Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.5 Fertilizer Requirements:  Not Typically Needed Soil Type: Rich, Loose, Loamy Germination (days): 7 – 14  Soil Temp for Germination: 65 – 75°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  75 – 100 Planting Depth:  2” Distance Apart (in row):  6” Row Spacing: 18-24”   Sowing Instructions Southern Climates - DIRECT SOW IN EARLY FALL OR EARLY SPRING Northern Climates - DIRECT SOW FEBRUARY - APRIL Starting Indoors NOT RECOMMENDED TO START INDOORS Growing Tips Although it's not required, Fava Beans do well when soaked in luke warm water overnight before planting. Make sure not to use hot water, as you'll risk killing your seeds. Culinary Uses Fava beans are often boiled in a salty brine and prepared in many different recipes. They are an excellent source of protein when served with pasta, as a salad, or even as a mashed spread. These little beans pack a delicious buttery taste that is unmatched by any other bean variety.  Harvesting Crops After about 3 months, your Fava Beans will be ready for harvesting (depending on how you planted them). Feel the pods to make sure they feel full and are not able to be squeezed. You should feel the large beans firmly inside of the shell. Harvest the seed pods by cutting them off the plant (pulling them off could damage the plant and prevent further growth).  If storing as a dried bean, allow your freshly cut seed pods to dry completely before shelling. Store your freshly dried beans in a cool, dry place to be used as traditional dry beans. Harvesting Seed Don't forget to select a couple of plants to be used strictly as seed stock. Once your beans have fully matured and your plant is no longer producing, you may begin to pluck your seed pods off the plant.  Dry your seed pods in a safe environment away from any moisture. After they completely dry, crack open the bean pods and store the seeds in a cool dry place for planting next season. Contraindications People with G6PD Deficiency should avoid eating Fava Beans, as they may be a trigger for hemolysis. This is due to a high concentration of vicine and covicine. Fava beans are the only beans that contain these compounds.
Henderson Lima Bean Seeds
Bean - Lima (Henderson) $5.19
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability   Category: Vegetable Type: Bean Variety: Lima Family: Legumes Botanical Name: Phaseolus Lunatus Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Growing Difficulty:  4 Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements:  20-20-20 Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 – 10 days Soil Temp for Germination: 70-85°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  60-75 Planting Depth:  1.5”-2” Distance Apart (in row):  3-6” Row Spacing: 24-30”   Sowing Instructions Full sun, soil temperature above 65°F Starting Indoors Do not start Indoors Growing Tips Plant when the soil temperature is between 65° and 70°. Plant in a soil that is evenly moist and drains well. Do not soak seeds in advance as this could cause them to crack.  Do not over water it may cause seeds to germinate poorly. When planting try to time the crop so pods will set before the hottest part of summer. Harvesting Crops Lima Beans will be ready to harvest 60-80 days after sowing. Pick pods when they are firm and full but before they yellow. Continue to pick pods as they become available to keep a steady production of new pods. If left to long pods will become tough. Lima beans should produce 2 to 3 pickings per season. Harvesting Seeds When growing season has ended allow the beans to dry. The pods will be a light shade of brown and will rattle inside. Remove the seeds from the pod. If not dry continue to set until completely dry. Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year. Seed Saving Tip: Store in a moisture proof bag in the refrigerator to guarantee the longest seed viability.
Pinto Bean Seeds
Bean - Pinto $3.79
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Bean Variety: Pinto Family: Legumes Botanical Name: Phaseolus Vulgaris Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  4 Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.0 Fertilizer Requirements:  5-10-10 Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 8 to 14 Soil Temp for Germination: 70-80°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  60 – 90 Planting Depth:  1” Distance Apart (in row):  4-6" Row Spacing: 18-24"   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST Starting Indoors 2-3 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips Plant when soil temperatures are between 70° and 80°F, otherwise the seeds may rot in the ground. Water regularly and avoid getting the leaves wet to prevent disease. Stagger planting by starting new seeds every two weeks to provide an endless supply of fresh beans all summer long. Culinary Uses Pinto Beans are relatively easy to grow and offer a great source of protein to compliment many dishes. Use them in soups and stews, as a side dish, or mash them to make refried beans. Harvesting Crops Bush Bean crops tend to come on all at once, unlike their cousins (pole beans). Most gardeners prefer to wait until the pods and seeds have reached full maturity (same as seed harvesting). This way the beans may be dried and stored for use in many future meals. Some gardeners, however, will pick part of their Pinto bean crop early to use as fresh snap green beans. You can do this as soon as the pods are firm enough to 'snap'. Harvesting Seed Allow some of your plants to complete growing and your bean pods to dry out and harden. Remove the pods from the plants and lay them out to dry in a warm dry place for at least two weeks. After you have allowed the bean pods to dry, you can store the beans within the pods or shell the pods to store your beans in a cool dry place.
Provider Bean Seeds
Bean - Provider $4.59
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Bean Variety: Pinto Family: Legumes Botanical Name: Phaseolus Vulgaris Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  4 Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements:  5-10-10 Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 6 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 70-80°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  45 – 75 Planting Depth:  1” Distance Apart (in row):  2" Row Spacing: 18-24" Treated: Seed may be treated   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST Starting Indoors 2-3 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips To successfully start Beans in the garden, wait to plant until the soil temperature is above 65°F. They germinate best when soil temperatures are between 70-80°F range. Although they do not require as fertile of soil as other plants, they do produce better with a fertile soil. Water beans with about an inch of water per week, more in the hot and dry summer months. Avoid wetting leaves, as this can lead to diseases and pests. Culinary Uses Provider Beans are known as a very productive garden crop. You can eat the beans straight from the garden or prepare in a wide variety of different dishes. Harvesting Crops You should always pick your beans while the pods still 'snap'. Do not let the bean pod fill out completely, otherwise you will get a tough and stringy bean if allowed to grow too big. Use two hands when harvesting (one to hold plant, and one to pluck the bean) to avoid damaging the plant. Harvesting Seed Allow some of your plants to complete growing and your bean pods to dry out and harden. Remove the pods from the plants and lay them out to dry in a warm dry place for at least two weeks. After you have allowed the bean pods to dry, you can store the beans within the pods or shell the pods to store your beans in a cool dry place. What is Treated Seed? Treated seeds are specially coated to increase germination viability and prevent damage from fungus or insects. Depending on availability, we may substitute treated or non-treated seed for this variety. The resulting produce grown from treated seed is no different than untreated, but care must be taken when handling treated seeds. Do not allow pets or livestock to eat treated seed, also avoid having children handle seed that has been treated.
Topcrop Bush Bean Seeds
Bean - TopCrop (Bush) $4.79
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Bean Variety: Topcrop (Bush) Family: Legumes Botanical Name: Phaseolus Vulgaris Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 Growing Difficulty:  4 Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements:  5-10-10 Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 6 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 70-80°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  45 – 54 Planting Depth:  1” Distance Apart (in row):  2" Row Spacing: 18-24" Treated: Seed may be treated   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST Starting Indoors 2-3 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips To successfully start Topcrop Beans in the garden, wait to plant until the soil temperature is above 60°F. They germinate best when soil temperatures are between 70-80°F range. Although they don't require as fertile of soil as other plants, they do produce better with a fertile soil. Water beans with about an inch of water per week, more in the hot and dry summer months. Avoid wetting leaves, as this can lead to diseases and pests. Culinary Uses Topcrop Beans are considered one of the best bush beans for canning and freezing purposes. The pods are 6 to 7 inches in length and offer a tender crispy bean with incredible flavor. Topcrop is a very high yielding bean plant with incredible disease resistance. Harvesting Crops Another great bean for canning or freezing. The Topcrop beans grow heavy and concentrated yields. Like other green beans, these are best when harvested on the early side of maturity to get the most tender and stringless beans. Great for fresh eating. Harvesting Seed Allow some of your plants to complete growing and your bean pods to dry out and harden. Remove the pods from the plants and lay them out to dry in a warm dry place for at least two weeks. After you have allowed the bean pods to dry, you can store the beans within the pods or shell the pods to store your beans in a cool dry place. What is Treated Seed? Treated seeds are specially coated to increase germination viability and prevent damage from fungus or insects. Depending on availability, we may substitute treated or non-treated seed for this variety. The resulting produce grown from treated seed is no different than untreated, but care must be taken when handling treated seeds. Do not allow pets or livestock to eat treated seed, also avoid having children handle seed that has been treated.
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Bean Sampler Pack
Bean Sampler Pack $9.85
Each Bean Sampler Pack Includes... 1x Bean - Contender (28g avg 60 seeds) 1x Bean - Pinto (20g avg 57 seeds) 1x Bean - Provider (14g avg 48 seeds) 1x Bean - TopCrop (20g avg 61 seeds)  
Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds
Beet - Detroit Dark Red $3.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Beet Variety: Detroit Dark Red Family: Beetroot Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  2         Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.0 Fertilizer Requirements:  10-10-10 Soil Type: Deep, Well Drained (Never Clay) Germination (days): 5 to 15 Soil Temp for Germination: 55-75°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  60 – 65 Planting Depth:  1/2” Distance Apart (in row):  3" Row Spacing: 12-18"   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW 4 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Starting Indoors 4-6 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips Keep the soil moist until germination occurs, then mulch with a layer of leaves or straw to cut down watering needs. For earlier harvests, sow seeds indoors under grow lights for 4-6 weeks before last frost. Be sure to harden seedlings off before moving outside. When planting, make sure to work the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches to allow the beets to grow unobstructed. Difficult to work soils such as clay can prevent the beets from reaching their full size. Beets grow best in loose, fertile and friable soil. Most Beets are multigerm, meaning they will produce several plants from a single seed. This makes it important to properly thin your plants before they choke each other out. Culinary Uses Beets are nutrient packed root vegetables that can be used in a variety of ways. Some of the ways beets are used: Crushed, Pickled, Sandwiches, Salt-roasted, Risotto, Tomato Soup, Latkes, Soy-braised. Medicinal Uses Beets have also been used medicinally in numerous ways. Some of the claimed health benefits of beats are: Blood Pressure reducing, athletic booster, anti-inflammatory, digestive health, brain health, anti-cancer properties, weight loss. Harvesting Crops When Beets have reached their maturity, pull them out of the ground and cut their tops off. Store the beets unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or packed in sand in a cool dark place. Make sure to leave an inch of the stem intact. Harvesting Seed Beets are Biennial plants, so they will not produce seed until the next year. Of course, they must survive the winter to be able to do this. It is a good idea to separate a small portion of your crop to become a 'seed crop'. Do not harvest the greens, or the root and let this plant stay where it sits until next years harvest. Wait until the tops have turned brown and cut off the top 4 inches. Store these in a cool dry area for a few weeks to allow the seeds to ripen. The seeds can then be stripped of the dried foliage and placed in a bag to be used next growing season.
Green Sprouting Calabrese Broccoli Seeds
Broccoli - Green Sprouting Calabrese $3.49
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Broccoli Variety: Calabrese Family: Brassica Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. italica Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements:  5-10-10 Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 to 21 Soil Temp for Germination: 40-55°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  60 – 90 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  18" Row Spacing: 18-24"   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW 2 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Starting Indoors 7-9 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips (If starting indoors) Before planting in the garden, 'harden off' the broccoli starts by moving them to a sheltered outdoor place for a week. Protect them from hot sun and wind until they toughen up enough to transplant. (Direct Sow) Sow in full sun in early spring or midsummer for a fall crop. Keep evenly moist and water gently. Culinary Uses Broccoli is used in a variety of dishes and loaded with nutrients. Medicinal Uses Broccoli has many health benefits that you may not be aware of. The number of antioxidants in broccoli make it a great cell neutralizer to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Broccoli contains high levels of glucoraphanin, which is a compound that is converted into a seriously potent antioxidant called sulforaphane when it is digested. This is known to reduce blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, oxidative stress and chronic disease development. Broccoli also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are thought to prevent oxidative stress and cellular damage in your eyes. Harvesting Crops Pick broccoli when the heads appear to be tight and firm. This is usually about 50-60 days after transplant. Cutting off the central head with about 6 inches of stem will encourage the plant to produce smaller heads which can also be harvested later. You may cut and blanch broccoli to freeze it for future use. Eat heads raw or cooked. Harvesting Seed Allow the Broccoli head to mature and turn from green to yellow. It will then produce flowers that bloom and turn into seed pods. Once the pods of the broccoli plant have dried, remove the plant from the ground and hang to dry for about 2 weeks. Open the seed pods and store your broccoli seeds for your next growing season.
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Brussel Sprouts Seeds - Long Island
Brussels Sprouts - Long Island $3.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Brussels Sprouts Variety: Long Island Family: Brassica Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements:  Nitrogen Soil Type: Cool, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 to 17 Soil Temp for Germination: 45-85°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  90 – 120   Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  18" Row Spacing: 18-24"   Sowing Instructions (SEE STARTING INDOORS) Starting Indoors 14-16 WEEKS BEFORE FIRST FALL FROST Growing Tips Sow indoors for the best crop. Although it's possible, it is not advised to grow a summer crop of Brussels Sprouts. Plant outdoors when seedlings reach 4 to 6 inches in height with 2 to 4 leaves. Set transplants deep to where the lower leaves are just above the soil. Brussels Sprouts enjoy friable, moisture-holding soil. Culinary Uses Brussels Sprouts can be used in a variety of different dishes, and taste much like cabbage. Use them steamed, fried or grilled with some butter and salt for a delicious side dish. Harvesting Crops Pick Brussels Sprouts from the bottom of the plant to the top, but only when they are firm and at least 1" in diameter. You can also harvest all sprouts at once by cutting off the top of the stalk about 4-6 weeks before you want to harvest, or when the lower sprouts have reached 1/2" in size. The best brussels sprouts will be after going through a few frosts (they will also be the sweetest). Harvesting Seed Brussels Sprouts are biennial plants and will not produce flowers for seed production until next spring. Prepare your crop for the winter by covering it or bringing it indoors if temps in your area drop below 28 degrees (then replant in spring). Seed pods will develop on the plant in the spring. Once these pods turn brown and dry out, you may harvest your new seed crop. Bring them inside and allow the pods to dry for several weeks before safely storing for your next growing season.
Golden Acre Cabbage Seeds
Cabbage - Golden Acre $3.39
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Cabbage Variety: Golden Acre Family: Brassica Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  4         Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.5                 Fertilizer Requirements:  Nitrogen Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 7 to 12 Soil Temp for Germination: 65-85°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  60 – 65    Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  18" Row Spacing: 18-36"   Sowing Instructions PLANT IN FULL SUN WHEN SOIL IS AT LEAST 40°F Starting Indoors 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips Golden Acre Cabbage prefers rich loose soil. You can sow the seeds directly in your garden when the soil temperatures are above 40°F, or sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost for an earlier season crop. Culinary Uses Golden Acre Cabbage is just like your common grocery store variety of cabbage. However, most grocery store varieties are not heirloom. This cabbage variety makes it an excellent choice for slaw and stir fry type recipes, as well as many other cuisines. Harvesting Crops Golden Acre Cabbage can be harvested at any time, but most gardeners wait until the heads are 3-5lbs and solid. Harvest cabbage quickly as soon as it is ready, otherwise the heads can crack or split and invite unwanted pests. Harvesting Seed Cabbage, and anything else in the cabbage family (Brussels Sprouts) is Biennial. This means, you will have to wait until next spring to harvest your seeds. Grow your cabbage varieties in separate growing seasons, otherwise you may wind up with a mutant. Set aside a portion of your cabbage crop to over-winter and pick the dried seed pods from the shoots next spring. Dry the pods for a few weeks and store properly for an alternating growing season if you are using different types of cabbage.
Red Acre Cabbage Seeds
Cabbage - Red Acre $3.89
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Cabbage Variety: Red Acre Family: Brassica Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  4         Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.5                 Fertilizer Requirements:  Nitrogen Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 7 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 65-75°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  70 – 75    Planting Depth:  1/2” Distance Apart (in row):  18" Row Spacing: 18-36"   Sowing Instructions (SEE STARTING INDOORS) Starting Indoors 8-12 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips Typically, red cabbages are often sown in February to mid-April (indoors) to be transplanted from April to early June. Red cabbage can grow alright in shade but prefer a nice sunny spot. Avoid planting in an area where the soil dries out rapidly or becomes waterlogged with little drainage. The best growing condition is in a well-drained and loosened soil (about 8-10" deep) with a layer of mulch to keep moisture in. Culinary Uses Red Acre cabbage is the one most often chosen by those with smaller backyard gardens. This type of cabbage is resistant to yellowing and stores better than almost any other cabbage. Great raw, in slaw or stir-fried. Harvesting Crops Cabbage yields can be harvested at any point after the heads form. If you are starving and the head is only 3 inches, you are fine to go ahead and eat it. However, the best results are when the cabbage is just firm to hand pressure. Do not let them stay this way for long, they will crack and split. Harvesting Seed Cabbage, and anything else in the cabbage family (Brussels Sprouts) is Biennial. This means, you will have to wait until next spring to harvest your seeds. Grow your cabbage varieties in separate growing seasons, otherwise you may wind up with a mutant. Set aside a portion of your cabbage crop to over-winter and pick the dried seed pods from the shoots next spring. Dry the pods for a few weeks and store properly for an alternating growing season if you are using different types of cabbage.
Carrot - Scarlet Nantes
Carrot - Scarlet Nantes $3.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Carrot Variety: Scarlet Nantes Family: Carota Botanical Name: Daucus carota subsp. sativus Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Growing Difficulty:  4             Soil PH:  7.0 Fertilizer Requirements:  10-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 8 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 40-60°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  65 – 75      Planting Depth:  1/2” Distance Apart (in row):  2" Row Spacing: 12"   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW WHEN SOIL TEMPERATURE IS ABOVE 40°F Starting Indoors DO NOT START INDOORS Growing Tips Carrots like the Scarlet Nantes can be started 2 to 3 weeks before the last frost. Make sure to plant the seeds about 1/2in deep in a deeply worked soil that is fine in texture and weed-free. We recommend planting carrots just 2 inches apart and thin to 4 inches once established (optional). Culinary Uses Commonly served fresh or steamed. Harvesting Crops Once the top of the carrot turns a bright orange, it is ready to harvest. For a smaller and continual harvest, it is recommended to use a hand trowel to selectively harvest only a few carrots at a time. If you have allowed the entire harvest to reach maturity at once, using a pitchfork and shovel is the quickest way to harvest your carrot crop. Insert the pitchfork at an angle beside your carrots (being careful not to pierce your carrots) and pry the soil upwards. This should break the soil up and expose your carrots. Harvesting Seed Each carrot can produce over 1,000 flowers and seeds. A small crop in the beginning could produce thousands of carrots if you harvested all the seeds. Because carrots are biennial plants, they will not produce seeds the first year and must be overwintered. You will harvest your carrot seeds the second growing season. Leave the largest and best appearing carrots in the ground over winter after their first season of growing. Prune the tops in the spring of the second year to remove any dead or damaged sections of leaves. The seeds will mature about 4-6 weeks after the flowers are pollinated. Watch for seeds to turn brown and detach from the umbels. Cut stalks when about 80-90% of the seeds are matured. (The seeds nearest the top will be the highest quality) Place stems upside down in a paper bag to dry for several days. Shake the stems inside of the paper bag to collect your seed stock. Store the seeds properly in a cool dry area for planting your next crop.