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  1. Kalettes

    Kalettes

    Kalettes Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/4” -1/2”
    Row Spacing2’- 2 ½’
    Plant Spacing:18”
    Days to Germination:9-15 days
    Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

    Kalettes are a cross between Kale and Brussels Sprouts. Picture a Brussels Sprouts plant, but instead of what looks like little mini Cabbages growing along the tall stalk, imagine little heads of ruffled Kale. These “florets” are tender, sweet and milder-tasting than both Kale and Brussels Sprouts. Kalettes require a bit of patience to grow. Sow seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting out, 14 weeks before the first fall frost date. Plant 2 to 3 seeds per 3” pot. Thin to the strongest seedling in each pot. Plant out 18” apart into well-draining, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Water regularly, especially in dry weather, and fertilize lightly but often. Harvest when the florets are open and about 2” wide, well into fall. Kalettes get even bett
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  2. Purslane

    Purslane

    Purslane Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/4”
    Seed Spacing:3”
    Plant Spacing:6”-8”
    Days to Germination:7-10 days
    Germination Temperature:70°-90°F

    Portulaca oleracea. You may have heard that you can eat the weedy Purslane in your garden. You can! It's incredibly nutritious (high in vitamin A, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and more), and can be used as a substitute for Spinach in so many ways, both raw and lightly cooked. It's wonderful in tossed salads. Not lucky enough to have this tasty weed in your garden? Grow it from seed! Purslane loves baking sun and lean soil. Direct-sow seeds ¼” deep and 3” apart well after the last frost date when the soil is reliably warm. Thin seedlings to 6 to 8 inches apart. Water regularly until established, after which Purslane is quite drought-tolerant. Harvest sprigs throughout the season when young and tender and cool them quickly. Purslane will store well in the fridge for
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  3. Candytuft

    Candytuft

    Candytuft Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/16”
    Seed Spacing:2”-3”
    Plant Spacing:12”
    Days to Germination:7-20 days
    Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

    Iberis umbellata. Candytuft is a beloved old-fashioned, fragrant, drought-tolerant annual. From late spring through fall, our Fairy Mixture flaunts flat-topped clusters of blooms in purple, lilac, rose and white on dwarf, dense, mounding plants. Bees and butterflies love it, but deer do not. Seeds are best direct-sown after the last spring frost date, but to get a head start on flowers, they may be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks earlier. The seeds require light to germinate, so scatter them on top of the soil, press them in firmly, and cover them with no more than a sixteenth-inch dusting of soil. When seedlings emerge, thin to 12” apart. Indoors, sow seeds in individual peat pots, as the plants form small tap roots that are sensitive to transplanting. Trimming ba
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  4. Dill

    Dill

    Dill Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/4”
    Row Spacing:12”
    Plant Spacing:4”-6”
    Days to Germination:21-25 days
    Germination Temperature:60°-70°F

    A delicious seasoning for fish and vegetables, Dill is a member of the Umbelliferae family and is known to attract beneficial insects to pollinate other vegetables and fruits in your kitchen gar- den. Sow anytime after the soil can be worked in the spring. Direct seed Dill in moderately fertile, well-draining soil in full direct sunlight. Sow small pinches of seed every 3" to 4". Then, carefully thin the seedlings to about 6" apart. Dill dislikes transplanting, so leave it alone except for regular watering and weeding. A wonderful leafy variety, direct sow Dill every 2 to 3 weeks for continual harvest through the
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  5. Pea Shoots

    Pea Shoots

    Pea Shoots Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/8”
    Seed Spacing:1/4”
    Days to Germination:5-10 days
    Germination Temperature:60°-70°F
    Shoot Shelf Life:1-2 weeks

    Unlike most sprouts, Pea Shoots are grown in shallow flats of soil in bright sunlight. When the stems are 4 to 10 inches tall with small leaves and tendrils, munch on them raw, toss them into salads, lightly sauté them or make Pea Shoot Pesto for a wonderfully fresh, sweet and delicate Pea flavor! To speed germination, soak the dried Peas in lots of water for 24 hours before sowing. The peas will swell and double in size. Fill a shallow tray or flat with moist all-purpose potting mix up to about an inch below the rim of the container. Avoid any potting medium that contains chicken or cow manure, as it can harbor harmful bacteria. Drain the Peas and spread them across the surface of the soil, with the Peas about 1⁄4" apart. Press the Peas into the
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  6. Ornamental Rice

    Ornamental Rice

    Ornamental Rice Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/8”
    Seed Spacing:1”-2”
    Plant Spacing:12”
    Days to Germination:7-10 days
    Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

    Oryza sativa. Tidy fountains of dusky, deep mahogany blades add dark drama to imaginative plant combos. Late summer brings arching spikes of chartreuse rice (edible!). Grow this grass in your wettest garden bed or even standing water, or in a container that gets regular attention from your watering can. Direct-sow seeds in clumps of 5 to 6 in spring after the last frost date, pressing the seeds into the soil and barely covering them, or sow seeds in groups in individual pots indoors 4 to 6 weeks earlier, providing bottom heat for best germination. Harden off the seedlings by slowly introducing them to the outdoors over the span of a week, and then plant them out 12" apart after all danger of frost has passed. The foliage will emerge green but
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  7. Cat Grass

    Cat Grass

    Cat Grass Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1/4”
    Seed Spacing:1/16”
    Plant Spacing:1/16”
    Days to Germination:2-3 days
    Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

    Hordeum vulgare. Cats adore Cat Grass! They love to munch on the blades, which help with digestion and provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. Soak seeds overnight and rinse thoroughly before sowing to speed germination. Fill a sturdy, shallow container with moist potting soil up to about an inch below the edge. Spread a thin layer of seeds over the soil, and sprinkle just a dusting of additional soil on top. Tamp the seeds and soil firmly to ensure good contact and eliminate large air pockets. Water well, and then mist the soil surface whenever it looks dry until seedlings appear. When seedlings appear, begin watering more deeply. The seedlings will grow quickly into a uniform stand of blades that your kitty will keep well-pruned until the plant i
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  8. Small Fruited Gourd

    Small Fruited Gourd

    Small Fruited Ornamental Gourds Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1”
    Row Spacing:5’
    Plant Spacing:5’-6’
    Days to Germination:5-15 days
    Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

    Cucurbita pepo. Ornamental Gourds comprise our Small Fruited Mixture. They require space to ramble and hot, full sunlight. They are heavy feeders: amend the soil as necessary with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-rotted manure. They may be planted directly outside in rich, well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight after the last frost. Sow 3 to 5 seeds per hill, thinning to the two strongest seedlings. Water regularly and mulch to reduce weeds and retain ground moisture. Feed regularly. Harvest colorful, mature Small Fruited Ornamental Gourds before the first fall frost. Allow them to cure in a warm, dry room for 5 to 7 days. Once cured, they may be shellacked for prolonged decorative use.

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  9. Large Fruited Hardshell Gourds

    Large Fruited Hardshell Gourds

    Large Fruited Hardshell Ornamental Gourds Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1”
    Row Spacing:5’
    Plant Spacing:5’-6’
    Days to Germination:5-15 days
    Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

    Hardshell or Lagenaria siceraria. It requires space to ramble and hot, full sunlight. Start in indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date and transplant out. Soak seed for 24 hours and sow 2 to 3 seeds per individual pot. Provide good ventilation, strong light and even moisture. Thin each pot to the strongest plant. After all danger of frost has passed, harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. They are heavy feeders: amend the soil as necessary with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-rotted manure. Transplant out in hills in rich, well-draining soil and full sunlight. Water regularly and mulch to deter weeds and retain ground moisture. Feed regularly. Frost tolerant, harvest
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  10. Runner Beans

    Runner Beans

    Runner Bean Sowing Instructions
    Planting Depth
    :1”
    Row Spacing:18”-36”
    Plant Spacing:3”-4”
    Days to Germination:6-10 days
    Germination Temperature:60°-80°F

    Phaseolus coccineus. Floriferous Runner Beans love sun and well-draining, fertile soil. Plant Runner Beans when the soil has warmed to 60°F and all danger of frost has passed. Amend soil as needed with organic fertilizer, compost and/or well-aged manure. Cool wet weather may necessitate a second planting: Runner Bean seeds rot in cold, damp soil. After planting, do not water until the sprouts emerge, unless it is very hot and dry. After emergence, and throughout the season, avoid watering the foliage. Water as needed by soaking the soil around the base of the plant and fertilize with fish or kelp emulsion as needed. Provide Runner Beans with a supportive structure on which to grow, such as a fence, rough poles, teepees, netting or a trellis. A prized he
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