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.
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.