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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Pepper - Jalapeno
Pepper - Jalapeno from $3.29
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Pepper Variety: Jalapeno Family: Nightshade Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum 'Jalapeño' Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  2         Soil PH:  6.0 to 7.0 Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Loamy, Well-Draining Germination (days): 10 to 14 Soil Temp for Germination: 80-85°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  60 - 80 Planting Depth:  1/4” Distance Apart (in row):  14-16" 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 Jalapeno peppers will grow as an annual plan in most zones, but zones 9 - 11 the Jalapeno pepper will grow as a perennial. We recommend starting pepper 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. If plants begin to wilt in extreme sun and heat, provide shade. Culinary Uses Jalapenos are versatile little peppers. They can be pickled and canned (our favorite), or roasted to bring out a sweeter (instead of hotter) flavor. Use in any dish that could benefit from a punch of flavor and spice. Jalapenos are also great in salsas, hot sauces and more. Harvesting Crops Jalapeno peppers will get hotter the longer you leave them on the plant. So, depending on your preference of colors and flavors (hot or mild) you may harvest at different times. If you pick the peppers while they are still green, the plant will continue producing. 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. Generally, Jalapeno Pepper seeds will be viable for 2 years from harvest depending on storage.
Pepper - Cayenne Long Red
Pepper - Cayenne Long Red $3.49
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Pepper Variety: Cayenne Long Hot Red Family: Capsicum Annum Botanical Name: Unk. Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  3         Soil PH:  6.1 to 6.5 Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Loamy, Well-Draining Germination (days): 16 to 20 Soil Temp for Germination: 75-85°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  70 - 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 Cayenne peppers will grow as an annual plan in most zones, but zones 9 - 11 the Cayenne pepper will grow as a perennial. We recommend starting Cayenne Pepper 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. If plants begin to wilt in extreme sun and heat, provide shade. Culinary Uses Cayenne Peppers are used in many Asian, Southern, Indian, and Mexican dishes. A small amount of Cayenne will offer a sweet/spicy heat to sauces, beans, and more. Use as a dry rub for meats. Use fresh, dried, or as a seasoning for other recipes. Medicinal Uses Cayenne Peppers are packed with medicinal remedies as well. People use these peppers to boost metabolism, reduce hunger, may lower blood pressure, aid digestive health, may relieve pain, may improve psoriasis, and may reduce cancer risk. The capsaicin in cayenne peppers is the beneficial compound of the pepper. Harvesting Crops Cayenne Long Hot peppers will get hotter the longer you leave them on the plant. So, depending on your preference of colors and flavors (hot or mild) you may harvest at different times. If you pick the peppers while they are still green, the plant will continue producing. 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. Generally, Cayenne Pepper seeds will be viable for 2 years from harvest depending on storage.
Egg Plant - Black Beauty
Egg Plant - Black Beauty $3.69
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Egg Plant Variety: Black Beauty Family: Nightshade Botanical Name: Solanum melongena Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Growing Difficulty:  4         Soil PH:  5.8 to 6.5 Fertilizer Requirements:  5-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 7 to 14 Soil Temp for Germination: 80-85°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  60 – 70     Planting Depth:  1/2” Distance Apart (in row):  24-36" Row Spacing: 36-48" Sowing Instructions (SEE STARTING INDOORS) Starting Indoors 8-10 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST Growing Tips Eggplants are typically started indoors and transplanted to the garden. Choose a spot with full sun and rich, moist soil. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball that has formed. Culinary Uses Eggplants are high in fiber and commonly grilled, stuff, roasted or served in soups and stews. Medicinal Uses Eggplants have many surprising health benefits. While being rich in many essential nutrients, they are also high in antioxidants, may reduce the risk of heart disease, promote blood sugar control, aid in weight loss, cancer-fighting properties, and much more. Harvesting Crops Pick your eggplants at about 4-5 inches long. This should be about 60-70 days after transplanting your eggplants to your garden. Do not allow to overripen, the fruits will turn a brownish color and may become slightly bitter. Fruits should be firm and have a glossy shine to them. Harvesting Seed Choose your best plants to save as seed stock producers. You should wait until your eggplant is overripe and no longer edible before starting to harvest your seeds. It should be dull and turn a tan to brown color. Overripe eggplants will typically be hard and shriveled. Cut your eggplants open and collect the seeds. Dry the seeds thoroughly in a cool dark place over about two to four weeks. Label and place your seeds in a bag in a cool place out of direct sunlight until you are ready to plant them for the next growing season.
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.
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Pumpkin - Jack-O-Lantern $3.95
Packed in Resealable Long Life MylarMoisture Proof Packets10+ Year Survival Seed Viability Category: Vegetable Type: Pumpkin Variety: Jack-O-Lantern Family: Cucurbitaceae Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Growing Difficulty:  2         Soil PH:  5.5 to 7.5 Fertilizer Requirements: 5-10-10 Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining Germination (days): 5 to 10 Soil Temp for Germination: 65-75°F Lighting Conditions: FULL SUN Days to Maturity:  90 – 100 Planting Depth:  1” Distance Apart (in row):  60" Row Spacing: 60-72" Sowing Instructions DIRECT SOW WHEN SOIL TEMPS ARE ABOVE 65°F AFTER DANGER OF LAST FROST Starting Indoors 3-4 WEEKS BEFORE LAST FROST IN BIO-DEGRADABLE POTS Growing Tips Growers with a shorter season may want to start their pumpkins indoors about 4 weeks before last frost. Do this in a peat pot, as pumpkin plants to no transplant well. Make sure to harden your seedlings off by exposing them to outside temperatures and weather for several hours per day when the average daily temperature reaches 60°F. Plant in rows that are 10-12’ apart, or hill plant with two plants each about 8-10’ apart. Do not plant with potatoes. Harvesting Crops When the stem becomes dry on the pumpkin vine, it’s about time to harvest your pumpkins. Check the toughness of the pumpkins skin. If you can still puncture it with your fingernail, leave it to toughen for a little bit longer. Cut the pumpkins off the vine with about 2-3” of stem length remaining on the top of the pumpkin. Allow the stem to harden and shrivel by sun curing your harvest. Pumpkins will keep well in the garden or if kept in a 45-50°F location and can last up to 5 months. Harvesting Seed After leaving the pumpkin to cure, your seeds will be ready for harvest. If you have ever carved pumpkin, you already know how to harvest your seeds. Remove the pulp and seeds and rinse off the pulp (we use a colander and faucet). Put the remaining seeds in a bowl of water to further separate the pulp from the seeds. The seeds you want are the ones that sink. Remove these and spread them out to dry for a few weeks. Make sure to mix them around at times to make sure that all sides are drying evenly. Store safely for next season. Pumpkin seeds are usually viable for 4 years depending on storage.