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.
Watermelon - Crimson Sweet
Watermelon - Crimson Sweet $3.95
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Melon Type: Watermelon Variety: Crimson Sweet Family: Cucurbita Botanical Name: Cucurbita citrullus Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  3 Soil PH:  5.5 to 6.5 Fertilizer Requirements: Nitrogen Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 3 to 10               Soil Temp for Germination: 80-95°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  80-85 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  6-8ft Row Spacing: 6-8ft Sowing Instructions IN WARM CLIMATES – DIRECT SOW WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 75°F Starting Indoors IN COOL CLIMATES – 3 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST – TRANSPLANT 1 WEEK AFTER LAST FROST Growing Tips Plant your watermelons in full sun, with rich and loose soil. Young starts may benefit from black plastic to bring the soil up to temperature quicker. Once the vines begin to develop, spread a layer of mulch to keep the soil moist, control weeds, and prevent the melons from too much contact with the soil. Keep the soil moist until the fruits begin to grow, only water the plants once the soil dries out completely after fruiting. Make sure to keep an eye out for pests, as they can be harmful to developing melons. Culinary Uses Watermelon makes the best summertime treats, harvest your melons and bring them directly inside to be sliced or balled. Harvesting Crops Everyone has their own way of determining when a watermelon is ripe, but there are a couple sure-fire ways to know that you are harvesting the melon at the peak of maturity. Turn the melon slightly to see the color of the skin touching the mulch, if it is yellow, the melon is ready to be harvested. You may also knock on the melon, listening for a dull thump instead of a hollow ring. The last way to check ripeness is to look at the tendril closest to the stem. If this is turning brown, your melon is ripe and ready for picking. Watermelons will keep for several weeks in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Harvesting Seed Be cautious when planting your watermelons, as they will cross-pollinate with other watermelon varieties easily. When the watermelon is ripe and ready for harvest, the seeds are mature enough to save. Cut the melon to remove the seeds. Wash them thoroughly to remove the sticky residue. Spread them out on a flat dry surface to dry for roughly one week. Once dried and safely stored, they should be viable for up to four years depending on how you store them.
Squash - Zucchini Black Beauty
Squash - Zucchini Black Beauty $3.39
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Squash Variety: Zucchini Black Beauty Family: Curcubitaceae           Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  2         Soil PH:  6.2 – 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements: 24-8-16 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 3 to 10               Soil Temp for Germination: 68-95°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  45 - 65 Planting Depth:  1/2” Distance Apart (in row):  36-48” Row Spacing: 10-12ft Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW IN WARM, FERTILE SOIL WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 65°F Starting Indoors 4 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST, TRANSPLANT 2 WEEKS AFTER LAST FROST IN PEAT POT Growing Tips IMPORTANT - When planting Zucchini, choose an area where you have not planted squash or related crops within the past 2 years. If starting indoors, make sure to harden off the seedlings by introducing them to the outside weather conditions for several hours per day for at least a week before transplanting. When the soil temperature reaches an average of 65°F, you can transplant or directly sow your squash seeds. We recommend planting squash in the same way that you would plant pumpkins (mound planting). Plant two squash plants per hill, separate the hills by about 8-10’ apart. Zucchini can be companion planted with corn, but you should avoid planting your squash near potatoes. Place a layer of mulch under your squash plants to control moisture and prevent weeds. This will also protect the squash from too much ground moisture and keep the fruit clean. You should start pinching off many of the blooms during midsummer to allow the plant to focus energy on the squash production of only a few fruits per plant. Culinary Uses Zucchini has a variety of uses, many of which are like other squash varieties. Our personal favorite is sliced and sautéed with butter. You may also puree the zucchini to be used in muffins or breads. Harvesting Crops Zucchini has the best flavor when the fruits get to about 4-5” in length. After the plant starts to produce mature fruit, be prepared to pick the fruits every day or two. Zucchini keeps well in the refrigerator for about two weeks and is also a good candidate for freezer storage. Harvesting Seed Once the zucchini has reached its mature size, the seeds are ready to harvest. Like a pumpkin, you will need to cut the zucchini open to expose the seeds and pulp. Use a colander to rinse the pulp and seeds. Separate the pulp further by using a bowl of water. The seeds you will want to keep are the ones that sink in the bowl of water. Make sure to thoroughly dry your zucchini seeds by placing them on a flat surface for several weeks and turning them regularly to make sure they are completely dry. Store you seeds in a cool dry place. Zucchini seeds are usually viable for about 4 years from harvest, depending on your storage methods.
Pepper - California Wonder
Pepper - California Wonder from $3.49
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Pepper Variety: California Wonder Family: Capsicum Annum Botanical Name: Unk. Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  2         Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Loamy, Well-Draining Germination (days): 10 to 14 Soil Temp for Germination: 75-85°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  69 - 80 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  18-24" Row Spacing: 24-36" Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST IN WARMER CLIMATES Starting Indoors 8-10 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips We recommend starting California wonder seeds indoors roughly 8 weeks before your last danger of frost. Make sure the soil is around 80-85 degrees for proper germination. Pepper plants will need a grow light for 12-16 hours each day. Harden off seedlings before transplanting by exposing them to the current weather conditions for several hours each day before planting in the ground. Transplant the pepper seedlings once the outside temperature reaches 60-65 degrees F in the daytime and no lower than 50°F at night. Culinary Uses These peppers can be used the same way that you would use any Green Bell Pepper or Colored bell pepper from the grocery store. The more colorful the pepper, the sweeter the flavor generally. Harvesting Crops California Wonder peppers will change colors the longer you leave them on the plant. So, depending on your preference of colors and flavors (sweet or not), you may harvest at different times. Harvest once the green pepper is almost a mature size for green peppers or leave on longer for a sweeter pepper. It is best to harvest the peppers early, because if left to mature the plant will think that it is done producing. Use a sharp knife or pair of garden shears to pick the peppers as you will want to be careful not to damage the plant. Harvesting Seed You must be careful when growing pepper plants, as they will cross pollinate with many other varieties of pepper plants. You will need to isolate or cage (bee netting) your plants to preserve the strain you are growing. Allow the plant to fully mature. Remove the best peppers and cut them in half to expose their seeds. Spread the seeds out on a paper towel and dry for about 2 weeks. Once dried, store safely until next growing season.
Onion - Red Burgundy
Onion - Red Burgundy $3.59
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Onion Variety: Red Burgundy Family: Amaryllidaceae Botanical Name: Allium cepa Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Growing Difficulty:  4         Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.5 Fertilizer Requirements: Nitrogen    Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 7 to 14 Soil Temp for Germination: 65-70°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  100 – 105 Planting Depth:  1/2” Distance Apart (in row):  4" Row Spacing: 12-18" Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW BUNCHING ONIONS WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 60°F Starting Indoors 8-10 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips When planting indoors, cover your flats with plastic to retain moisture and place in temperatures of 65-70°F for best germination. Transplant to a 2-inch depth at about 4-6 inches apart. Clip the tops to 3 inches. Culinary Uses The Red Burgundy Onion is excellent when used fresh in Italian salads or other even stir fried. Harvesting Crops Harvest by pulling bulbs out of ground when the tops are brown and dry. Harvesting Seed Allow Onion to fully mature. Allow the stalks to turn brown and dry before clipping a few inches below the head. Store heads in a paper bag for several weeks. Shake the bag vigorously to help separate seeds. Remove seeds and store properly until next growing season.
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.
Basil Sweet Genovese Seeds
Basil - Genovese $3.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Herb Type: Basil Variety: Genovese Family: Lamiaceae Botanical Name: Ocimum Basilicum Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Growing Difficulty:  3 Soil PH:  6.0 – 6.5 Fertilizer Requirements:  14-14-14 Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 – 14  Soil Temp for Germination: 70°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  60 – 90 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  6-10” Row Spacing: 30-36”   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST Starting Indoors 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST Growing Tips Genovese Basil prefer to grow in rich, fertile soil with at least six hours of sunlight per day. It is best to grow in a rich compost instead of fertilizer, as Basil will become bitter and less potent when grown with artificial fertilizers. Perennial in zones 10 and above. Culinary Uses Genovese Basil is commonly used as an herb in many Italian and Mexican dishes. You will find a variety of uses to flavor pesto, caprise salad and many other dishes that would be complimented by large fresh basil leaves. Medicinal Uses Basil is often used in medicine to treat digestion and liver problems. It can help to detoxify the body and works as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant. Headache and migraine sufferers also praise the Basil plants healing ability. Basil is also commonly used to treat wounds and skin conditions. Harvesting Crops Continually pinch fresh leaves off the Basil plant to encourage a bushier production and prevent it from flowering too soon. You can harvest basil plants continually through the summer months if properly maintained. Harvesting Seed Allow the Basil to bolt and begin flowering. At this point, the basil plant will stop producing new leaves and the energy used will be to produce new flowers and seeds. The seeds are found in the spent flower head. It is best to use a fine colander, as the basil seeds are very small. Cut off the spent flower heads and allow them to dry for several days in a warm dry location. Crush the flower heads over the colander and pick out the flower remnants to be left with just seeds.
Cucumber - National Pickling
Cucumber - National Pickling $3.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Cucumber Variety: National Pickling Family: Cucurbitaceae           Botanical Name: Cucumis sativus Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  5.5 Fertilizer Requirements:  18-16-36 Soil Type: Well Drained, Nitrogen Rich Germination (days): 3 to 14 Soil Temp for Germination: 60-85°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  50 – 60   Planting Depth:  1/2” Distance Apart (in row):  24-36" Row Spacing: 60-72"   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW IN FULL SUN WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 65°F Starting Indoors DO NOT START INDOORS Growing Tips Direct sow your cucumbers into the garden and plant every three weeks until midsummer for a harvesting crop that lasts all season. Cucumbers can be abundant, so spreading your crop out makes for a steady harvest. Culinary Uses These are the perfect pickling cucumbers to make a wide variety of pickled recipes. Dill, sweet, bread and butter flavors all bode well with this variety. Use them whole, in slices, or as a relish. Harvesting Crops How and when you harvest your Pickling Cucumbers is entirely up to you. Pick your cucumbers at 2 to 3 inches for a gherkin style or wait until they are about 4 inches for sliced. These pickles will mature to a full 6-inch cucumber if left to fully mature. Harvesting Seed It is recommended to choose your best plants and most mature cucumbers to save your seeds from. The seeds inside the cucumber should be harvested and let to dry and harden for a few weeks before safely storing.
Tomato - Large Red Cherry
Tomato - Large Red Cherry $3.59
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Tomato Variety: Cherry Large Red Family: Solanaceae Botanical Name: Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  6.5 – 6.7 Fertilizer Requirements: 10-20-10 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 to 10               Soil Temp for Germination: 60-80°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  65 - 70 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  24-36” Row Spacing: 24-36” Sowing Instructions (SEE STARTING INDOORS) Starting Indoors START INDOORS 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST, SOIL TEMP 70°-75°F Growing Tips When starting tomatoes indoors, plant the seeds at ¼” deep in individual cells. Make sure to provide enough lighting, as the tomato plants do require light and warm soil to properly germinate. Once the second set of leaves forms, you may transplant the tomato plants into individual plots or larger containers. Roughly a week before transplanting into the garden, make sure to harden your plants off. Start by taking your tomato plants outdoors for several hours each day to acclimate them to current weather conditions. Tomatoes do not tolerate cold weather, so make sure to bring them inside if the temperatures turn colder. Once the soil temperature has reached around 70°F, it is safe to transplant into the garden. A trellis or cage is recommended for tomato plants, otherwise the fruits will weigh the plant down and may cause damage and hinder growth. Culinary Uses Cherry tomatoes have a wide variety of uses. Use them in salsas, roast them in olive oil, eat them raw, in a vinaigrette, or any way you wish. Harvesting Crops Gently press the flesh of the tomato to determine ripeness, the flesh should yield just slightly. If they are firm/hard to the touch, they are not ready yet. A bright red color is a good indicator of ripeness. Pull on the stem slightly to release the entire vine of tomatoes, if it fails to release, use a sharp pair of garden shears or a knife to remove the entire vine. Vine ripened tomatoes have the best flavor. Make sure to harvest all your tomatoes by the time the first frost arrives, even if they are still green. Green cherry tomatoes will ripen on the vine if kept in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Harvesting Seed Tomatoes are not at risk for cross-pollination like many other vegetables, so you do not need to worry about isolation from other tomato plants. Pick you fully ripe tomatoes and cut them in half horizontally. Squeeze them to release the pulp and seeds into a bowl. Allow the pulp and seeds to ferment for several days and produce a layer of mold (this will remove the gelatinous layer on the seeds). Rinse the mold and debris to expose the seeds. Your best seeds will be on the bottom of the mixture. Rinse these seeds a final time in a strainer with running water until they appear clean. Spread your seeds on a flat dry surface out of direct sunlight. Stir them a couple times each day for about a week to make sure they are fully dried. Once dried, store in a cool, dry location. Tomato seeds are usually viable for up to four years, depending on storage methods.
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Cilantro - Coriander
Cilantro - Coriander $3.79
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Herb Type: Cilantro Variety: Coriander Family: Umbellifers Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Growing Difficulty:  5         Soil PH:  6.5 to 7.5 Fertilizer Requirements:  10-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Lightly Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 7 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 55-70°F Lighting Conditions: PART SUN, INDIRECT SUN Days to Maturity:  21 – 28 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  6" Row Spacing: 12"   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW IN LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER Starting Indoors DO NOT START INDOORS Growing Tips In climates 3 to 8 cilantro is planted in the spring, but in zones 9 to 11, the herb is planted in fall or winter. As soon as your plant starts to mature, immediately begin harvesting the leaves. Cilantro is a quick grower, but also quick to flower. Once cilantro flowers, the flavor changes quickly and all of the plants energy will be put into seed production. To have a continual fresh harvest of cilantro, we recommend making successive sowings about every 2 to 3 weeks starting in late spring. Culinary Uses Cilantro is commonly used in Mexican, Indian, African, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese cuisines. Medicinal Uses Cilantro (aka coriander) is commonly used around the world for many medicinal purposes. These uses include digestion problems such as upset stomach, appetite loss, hernia, nausea, diarrhea, bowel spasms, as well as gas. Other claimed remedies are measles, hemorrhoids, toothaches, worms, arthritis and joint pain, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. Harvesting Crops You can start to harvest your Cilantro leaves when the plant is about 3 to 4 weeks old. Regular taking of leaves will keep the plant producing regularly. Harvesting Seed If the plant is left to grow untouched, you can expect to start harvesting the seeds in about 45 days. We recommend planting a few cilantro plants specifically for seed harvesting.
Lettuce - Parris Island Romaine
Lettuce - Parris Island Romaine $3.49
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Lettuce Variety: Parris Island Romaine Family: Lactuca sativa           Botanical Name: Unk. Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  2         Soil PH:  6.2 to 6.8 Fertilizer Requirements: 8-15-36 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 35-65°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  65 - 70 Planting Depth:  1/8” Distance Apart (in row):  10 - 12" Row Spacing: 12-24" Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW IN FULL SUN WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 35°F Starting Indoors 3 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips Parris Island seeds will become dormant in the soil when soil temperatures have reached 75°F.  You can direct sow this variety in the garden when soil temps are above 35°F or as soon as soil can be worked. When watered regularly and offered a little afternoon shade, this lettuce can be slow to bolt and provide more time for picking before turning bitter. Common Uses Parris Island Lettuce is a romaine variety that is nutrient dense and goes well in many dishes. Use it as a blend with your other lettuce varieties for a better flavor profile. Harvesting Crops You can gather leaves from this variety all season long if managed properly by picking leaves when they are an appropriate length. If you wish to harvest the entire plant, once mature, cut just above the surface of the soil. Lettuce will last about a week in the refrigerator. Harvesting Seed Allow a couple of lettuce plants to bolt and flower. These flowers will dry out on plant and have puffs of white cotton showing around the top (like a dandelion). Pick these flower heads and toss them in a bag. Break the flower heads apart and oval shaped seeds will fall out. Allow the seeds to dry for a couple of weeks before safely storing them for the next growing season.
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Lettuce - Butter Crunch
Lettuce - Butter Crunch $3.35
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Lettuce Variety: Butter Crunch Family: Lamiaceae Botanical Name: Lactuca sativa var. capitata Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 Growing Difficulty:  2         Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.0 Fertilizer Requirements: 8-15-36 Soil Type: Average to Rich, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 40-65°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  21 - 55 Planting Depth:  1/8” Distance Apart (in row):  8 - 10" Row Spacing: 12-18" Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW IN FULL SUN WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 40°F Starting Indoors 3 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips Lettuce seeds need light to help them germinate, so make sure you plant shallow. Because of this, it is a good idea to plant lettuce about 1 inch apart and thin after germination. Keep soil moist during the germination period, as shallow seeds will tend to dry out, or even wash away if the soil is allowed to become too dry and later watered. Common Uses Use buttercrunch lettuce as you would any regular lettuce. Buttercrunch has a rich flavor profile and is an excellent complement to any dish. Harvesting Crops You can start harvesting your lettuce leaves at about 21 days; however you'll want to be careful not to damage the head (which will be ready in about 55 days). Harvesting Seed Allow a couple of lettuce plants to bolt and flower. These flowers will dry out on plant and have puffs of white cotton showing around the top (like a dandelion). Pick these flower heads and toss them in a bag. Break the flower heads apart and oval shaped seeds will fall out. Allow the seeds to dry for a couple of weeks before safely storing them for the next growing season.
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Celery - Utah 52-70
Celery - Utah 52-70 from $2.79
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Celery Variety: Utah 52-70 Family: Umbellifers Botanical Name: Apium graveolens Hardiness Zones: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.0 Fertilizer Requirements:  5-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 10 to 21 Soil Temp for Germination: 60-75°F Lighting Conditions: Full Sun Days to Maturity:  90 – 100      Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row): 12" Row Spacing: 18-24"   Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW 10-12 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Starting Indoors 10-12 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips Celery is a plant that requires quite a bit of water to produce a healthy harvest. This is a cool weather plant that requires nearly 16 weeks of cooler weather to be ready for harvest. In areas with a cool spring and summer, you should plant your celery in early spring. If you are in a southern climate with warmer spring and summer conditions, you should plant in late summer for a late fall or early winter harvest. Celery does not tolerate high heat and does best when growing between 60° and 70°F. You should keep the soil consistently moist, otherwise it will become tough and stringy or produce woody hollow stalks. Fertilize celery during its growth period. Culinary Uses Commonly used as a staple item in soups, stews, roasts, salads and other recipes. Medicinal Uses Celery seed is used as a spice and medicinally as well. The seed is thought to aid in digestion, appetite, curing the common cold and flu, liver and spleen health, arthritis treatments, and many other medicinal remedies. Harvesting Crops Harvest the celery anytime between young stalks and full maturity, the flavor will be the same. Younger stalks will be more tender than those allowed to fully mature. Always harvest the stalks from the outside-in, as the oldest stalks will be on the outside of the plant. The darker the stalks, the more nutrients they will contain. However, the darker stalks will also be the toughest. Celery should be kept in plastic bags in your refrigerator and can keep for several weeks. Harvesting Seed Celery is a Biennial plant; therefore, it will not produce harvestable seeds until its second year. Leave your best performing plants as your seed stock. You may still use these plants as a regular harvest, just leave the center stalks to overwinter and produce seeds the next year. In the plants second year an umbrella shaped flower will form. White petals will form and eventually fall off. The ovary (below the flowers) will swell with developing seed. Wait until these seeds turn a tan to brown color and dry on the stalks. The seeds are ready to harvest when the seeds fall off with a slight touch. Cut the bloom carefully and shake upside down into a paper bag. Safely store your celery seeds in a cool dry place for your next growing season.
Oregano - Italian
Oregano - Italian $3.59
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Herb Type: Oregano Variety: Italian Family: Lamiaceae Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  6.0 to 9.0 Fertilizer Requirements: None          Soil Type: Average to Rich, Well-Draining Germination (days): 10 - 15 Soil Temp for Germination: 60-70°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN, PART SHADE Days to Maturity:  80 - 90 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  6" Row Spacing: 18 - 24" Starting Indoors 2-6 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips Oregano is a simple to grow herb that compliments any garden. When growing from seed, plant outdoors about 6 weeks before last frost. If you are planting from a seedling (started indoors) make sure the soil temperature is as least 70°F. Oregano enjoys well drained and moderately fertile soil. There is no need to add fertilizer. This variety has the best flavor when grown in full sun, but it will tolerate partial shade. Watering is only required when soil is dry to the touch. Culinary Uses Oregano goes great in many cuisines and sauces such as pizza sauce, pasta sauce, olive oil-based dishes and vinaigrettes. Medicinal Uses Oregano is used medicinally for its bacteria fighting properties, anti-cancer, antioxidants, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Some other common uses include skin sores, muscle aches, asthma, cramping, diarrhea, indigestion, colds and immune boosting. Harvesting Crops Wait until the stems are at least 4 inches tall to begin harvesting your Oregano. You can use the leaves by themselves to flavor dishes or cut the stems and dry them to save as dried herbs. Harvesting Seed Wait until the oregano flowers and the flowers begin to dry. Clip the flowers (on stem) and bundle them together. Rubber band the stems and hang them upside down to dry for 2-3 weeks. Once the flowers are completely dried, shake the flower heads in a paper bag to loosen any seeds that are still left inside the flowers. Safely store and save for next season. Note - When properly cared for, the Oregano plant will come back year after year without having to replant.
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Tomato - Roma VF
Tomato - Roma VF $3.39
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Tomato Variety: Roma Family: Solanaceae Botanical Name: Lycopersicon Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  6.0 to 6.5 Fertilizer Requirements: 10-20-10 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 7 to 10               Soil Temp for Germination: 80-85°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  75 - 80 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  18 - 36” Row Spacing: 36 - 48” Sowing Instructions (SEE STARTING INDOORS) Starting Indoors START INDOORS 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST, SOIL TEMP 80°-85°F Growing Tips When starting tomatoes indoors, plant the seeds at ¼” deep in individual cells. Make sure to provide enough lighting, as the tomato plants do require light and warm soil to properly germinate. Once the second set of leaves forms, you may transplant the tomato plants into individual plots or larger containers. Roughly a week before transplanting into the garden, make sure to harden your plants off. Start by taking your tomato plants outdoors for several hours each day to acclimate them to current weather conditions. Tomatoes do not tolerate cold weather, so make sure to bring them inside if the temperatures turn colder. Once the soil temperature has reached around 75°F, it is safe to transplant into the garden. A trellis or cage is recommended for tomato plants, otherwise the fruits will weigh the plant down and may cause damage and hinder growth. Culinary Uses Roma tomatoes are known for the use in sauces, purees and juicing. Great as a base to most tomato-based pasta sauces. Harvesting Crops Gently press the flesh of the tomato to determine ripeness, the flesh should yield just slightly. If they are firm/hard to the touch, they are not ready yet. A bright red color is a good indicator of ripeness. Pull on the stem slightly to release the entire vine of tomatoes, if it fails to release, use a sharp pair of garden shears or a knife to remove the entire vine. Vine ripened tomatoes have the best flavor. Make sure to harvest all your tomatoes by the time the first frost arrives, even if they are still green. Green tomatoes will ripen on the vine if kept in a warm place out of direct sunlight. Harvesting Seed Tomatoes are not at risk for cross-pollination like many other vegetables, so you do not need to worry about isolation from other tomato plants. Pick you fully ripe tomatoes and cut them in half horizontally. Squeeze them to release the pulp and seeds into a bowl. Allow the pulp and seeds to ferment for several days and produce a layer of mold (this will remove the gelatinous layer on the seeds). Rinse the mold and debris to expose the seeds. Your best seeds will be on the bottom of the mixture. Rinse these seeds a final time in a strainer with running water until they appear clean. Spread your seeds on a flat dry surface out of direct sunlight. Stir them a couple times each day for about a week to make sure they are fully dried. Once dried, store in a cool, dry location. Tomato seeds are usually viable for up to four years, depending on storage methods.