Kitchen Garden Seeds

For More Search Criteria 

Catalog Advanced Search

61 item(s) were found using the following search criteria

  • New Item: Yes

Don't see what you're looking for? Modify your search

Gardening Tips

Gourmet Mini Tuber Growing Instructions

Plant Like a Pioneer: Grow Potatoes

Easy Pickin'
Hand picking is often the best way to get rid of an infestation of Potato beetles--both the fat pink larvae or the striped beetles that follow. If the task disgusts you, get a long extension cord and go out there with a shop vacuum. Use the slot attachment to suction the critters away; it is the one least damaging to the foliage.

Tips for Harvesting and Storing Root Vegetables

Deer Resistant Seed Varieties

Cooking Tip:
The Perfect Hash Brown Ever notice how hash browns made with leftover boiled Potatoes taste better than ones made fresh from raw Potato cubes? They’re moist and soft inside, crisp on the outside. You can get that effect by boiling the Potatoes first or--simpler yet--use raw cubes but cover the frying pan for the first 5 or 10 minutes of cooking to steam them, then remove the lid and fry until crisp.
Four O’Clocks Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”-1/2”
Seed Spacing:4”-5”
Plant Spacing:12”-18”
Days to Germination:7-12 days
Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

Syn:Mirabilis jalapa. An old-fashioned flower, the Four O’Clocks Mixture is so named because it doesn’t open until about 4:00 PM unless it is cloudy in which case they could bloom earlier. Because they are fast to grow, it is best to sow them directly in the garden. Sow 1⁄4" to 1⁄2" deep in well-draining soil and full sun in the spring after all danger of frost has passed. Keep the seedbed moist until seedlings emerge. You can also start indoors in peat pots 4 to 6 weeks before planting out. When seedlings have 4 true leaves, transplant out or thin to 12" to 18" apart. Although Four O’Clocks are not fussy and will thrive virtually anywhere, they do like to be watered occasionally if it gets dry. They may self sow in milder climates. Their trumpet shaped flowers will grace your garden with a delicious fragrance in an assortment of white, pink, red and yellow. Summer-flowering. Height: 24" to 30".
Marigold Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:8”-12”
Days to Germination:5-7 days
Germination Temperature:70°-80°F

Tagetes. Easy to grow in full sunlight, Marigolds can be direct-sown into the garden in well-draining, loamy soil after the last frost date. Plant 1⁄4" deep and keep well-watered until the seedlings emerge, about 7 days after sowing. Or, start indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date by sowing the seeds in a good seedstarting medium. Provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation until the plants are large enough to handle. Prior to transplanting, acclimate the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outside conditions over 1 to 2 weeks. Thin or transplant seedlings 8" to 12" apart in the garden. Water moderately. A good cutting and edible flower, Marigolds are also good in containers or window boxes. Summer/fall flowering.

Our Pollinators are in Peril
Morning Glory Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/2”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:6”-8”
Days to Germination:5-10 days
Germination Temperature:65°-85°F

Ipomoea. A spectacular climbing annual, this old-fashioned favorite will scramble up any type of supportive structure for a beautiful floral display until the first frost in the fall. Prior to planting, carefully nick the hard seed coat and/or soak the seeds overnight. Then, direct-sow them where they are to grow after all danger of frost is past. Or, start the seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before planting outside. Carefully thin or transplant Morning Glories to a spacing of 6" to 8" apart without disturbing their roots, and plant in full sun and well-draining soil. Water moderately, as Morning Glories prefer dry conditions. Only fertilize lightly, as soil that is too rich will discourage flower production. Morning Glories require a trellis, fence, string, lamppost or mailbox post to support their long, climbing vines and profuse flowers. Summer flowering. Height: 6' to 12'.

Days of Vines and Roses
If you’re looking for a great trellis on which to grow an annual vine, consider a sturdy, well-established climbing rose. The thorny canes provide excellent support, and won’t mind a little competition. Since the vines will come into their glory later in the season, they’ll add color to a rose that has finished its main flush of bloom. But any overlap will produce handsome combinations as well: Hyacinth Bean or Sweet Peas with a pale pink New Dawn rose, or blue Morning Glories with your favorite yellow-flowered climber.
Nasturtium Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:8”-12”
Days to Germination:7-14 days
Germination Temperature:65°-70°F

Tropaeolum majus. Easy to grow in full to filtered sunlight, it is best to direct-sow in well-draining, loamy soil after the last frost. Plant 1" deep, since they require darkness for optimal germination. Keep uniformly moist until the seedlings emerge, about 10 days after sowing. Weed and keep well-watered until established. Or, start indoors 5 weeks before the last frost date. Sow in a good seed-starting mix at 65° to 70°F. Provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. Prior to transplanting, acclimate the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks. Thin or transplant the seedlings 8" to 12" apart in the garden. Drought-tolerant, water moderately once established. They flower best with cooler nights. Summer flowering. Dwarf varieties: 12" to 18" tall. Taller varieties: 5' to 8' tall.

The Eminently Edible Nasturtiums
Nigella Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”
Seed Spacing:6”-8”
Plant Spacing:12”-15”
Days to Germination:10-15 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Nigella damascena. aka Love-in-a-Mist, it is best direct-sown in the garden, although it may be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting outside after the danger of hard frost has passed. Prepare a bed with rich, well-draining soil in a sunny spot. Sow seeds on top of the soil, leaving the seeds barely covered but pressed firmly onto the soil surface, as light aids germination. Use individual peat pots or seed-starting cells to avoid root disturbances. Provide even moisture and strong light during germination. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting or potting outside. Once the plants are 2" tall, thin them to 10" apart. If transplanting, be gentle! A prolific annual, rose, white, indigo and sky-blue Nigella self-sows readily. Summer flowering. Height: 12" to 24".
Sweet Peas Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:6”-8”
Days to Germination:10-21 days
Germination Temperature:55°-65°F

Lathyrus odoratus. Wonderfully scented, Sweet Peas prefer cool, moist growing conditions. Soak the seeds for 24 to 48 hours before planting. Sow in well-draining soil that is fertile and rich in organic matter as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. Work in compost and/or well-rotted manure as needed. They can also be started indoors 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside. In areas with milder winters, Sweet Peas may also be started in the late fall for early spring blossoms. Once the seedlings reach 2" tall, thin to a spacing of 6" to 8" apart. Water well and mulch to keep roots cool and moist. Sweet Peas will need a solid support from a trellis, fence or netting to support their vines and profuse flowers. Cut the flowers often for sweet bouquets and keep up with dead-heading to increase flower production.

Days of Vines and Roses
If you’re looking for a great trellis on which to grow an annual vine, consider a sturdy, well-established climbing rose. The thorny canes provide excellent support, and won’t mind a little competition. Since the vines will come into their glory later in the season, they’ll add color to a rose that has finished its main flush of bloom. But any overlap will produce handsome combinations as well: Hyacinth Bean or Sweet Peas with a pale pink New Dawn rose, or blue Morning Glories with your favorite yellow-flowered climber.
Zinnia Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/2”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:10”-12””
Days to Germination: 5-10 days
Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

Zinnia. This classic summer flower may be seeded directly into the garden after the last frost date. Plant them 1⁄2" deep in well-draining, loamy soil with full sun. Keep uniformly moist until the seedlings emerge, about 7 days after sowing. Or, start indoors: plant 1⁄2" deep in a good seed-starting medium at 70° to 75°F 4 weeks prior to the last frost date. Provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. Once established, thin plants to 2" to 3" apart and grow on. Thin or transplant 3" tall seedlings 10" to 12" apart in the garden. Weed carefully and water moderately beneath the plants until established. Zinnias are prone to mildew, so provide adequate spacing and moderate ground-level watering: don’t get too much water on the plants themselves. Summer flowering.

Our Pollinators are in Peril
Direct-Sow Basics

Lettuce Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
: ¼”
Row Spacing: 12”-18”
Plant Spacing:12”
Days to Germination: 7-12 days
Germination Temperature: 45°-90°F

Lettuce prefers cool weather. To raise transplants, start seeds 5 to 8 weeks before setting out. Transplant out as soon as the soil can be worked. Sow thinly in flats or pots using sterilized starter mix, cover lightly and water. Provide light, moderate warmth and good ventilation. Avoid crowding: thin to 2" apart. Amend Lettuce beds with compost, organic fertilizer and/or well-rotted manure. Gradually acclimate seedlings to outdoor temperatures and moderate sunlight, water well at transplanting time, shade seedlings from scorching sun and protect from heavy frosts. Keep soil moist with regular watering and feed with a liquid fertilizer as needed. For “baby” greens, broadcast seed, harvesting leaves when 3" to 4" high with scissors. Make successive sowings every 2 weeks for continuous harvest.

Shade Tolerance

Featured Recipes