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Here’s a selection of garden seeds you can buyeither single packs or by using the “Add to Cart” button at the end of each selection.  Buying these seed packs from us helps us with funding this season’s seed-needs for market gardening.

SWEET CORN VARIETIES

00-TrinitySweet1000x1000TRINITY Bicolor Sweet Corn –65 days (Non-GMO hybrid) 2 oz. packet $2.25

Tested 12/13, 90% germination. 2 oz packet should plant about 50 feet of row.

Trinity is a sugary enhanced, bi-color  hybrid variety that is among the earliest to mature. One seed catalog describes it as “a clean, compact plant, refined ear, and good husk protection. High ear placement makes this variety suitable for mechanical harvest. Also great for home gardens, roadside stands, and the fresh market. 8” ear, 18” ear height, 14 row count. Plants are 6’ tall. Resistant to Rust, Stewart’s Wilt and Northern Corn Leaf Blight.”
Untreated seed. You can combine with other items on one order, to save postage. If you’d like to order several items and combine the postage cost, continue with ADD TO CART. Check other pricing on the web!

GREEN BEAN VARIETIES

00-RoyalBurgRoyal Burgundy Beans –55 days 2 oz. packet $1.50

Tested 12/13, 90% germination. 2 oz packet should plant about 80 feet of row.

60 days. This bean is absolutely gorgeous! Violet-purple outside and bright green inside, it is fun for kids to grow and has great flavor. The 6 inch long pods turn green after cooking, providing a built-in blanching indicator. Upright, 24 inch tall plants hold their pencil-shaped pods off the ground. Like its predecessor, Royalty Purple Pod, Royal Burgundy performs exceptionally well under cool conditions. Rich, delicious bean flavor. Buckskin color seeds.

Untreated seed. You can combine with other items on one order, to save postage. If you’d like to order several items and combine the postage cost, continue with ADD TO CART. Check other pricing on the web!

0-MasaiGreenBeansMasai Slender Green Beans  (OP-non hybrid) 2 0z. packet $1.95

Masai Slender Green Bean (“haricots verts”)

(58 days) Love the quality of French filet beans, but hate to have to pick them so often? One of a new class of haricot verts that holds a long time without fattening, Masai may be for you. Elaine Carlson calls them “one of the wonders of the world—I cannot believe how long these green crunchy slivers stand on the little plants.” But market grower Holli Cederholm
found she had to pick them like other beans, every other day to achieve the tender gourmet restaurant quality her markets demanded. Otherwise the pods got tough, she said. Unlike classic haricot verts, Masai grows only 5″ long, the slender pods juicy and crisp with a pleasing beany flavor. Although much more compact than Provider, each plant cranks out dozens of the diminutive beans. A space saver since only a few plants will suffice for a small family.~170 seeds/oz

You can combine with other items on one order, to save postage. If you’d like to order several items and combine the postage cost, continue with ADD TO CART.

EDIBLE POD PEA VARIETIES

OregonGiant320x380Oregon Giant Snow Peas (OP-non hybrid) 2 0z. packet $1.95

67 days.  Tested 12/2013 with 85% germination. Untreated seeds. Not hybrid, not Genetically Modified.

The Oregon Giant snow pea is a hearty pea with heavy disease resistance and high yields. The plant grows to about 3 feet tall and does well in cooler weather. Oregon Giant pods are about 5″ long with a delicious crispy texture. A great snow pea for high sugar content and great snacking.

Planting instructions:This Giant snow pea tolerates cold and light frost well. Plant very early in the spring in a sunny location as soon as the ground may be cultivated and enriched with organic material. Press soil firmly over the seeds; best when planted in blocks or rows grouped together. For an extended harvest period, plant at two week intervals until mid – spring and again in late summer for a fall crop.

SWISS CHARD SEED

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CHARD – Prima Rossa (used as baby leaves or micro greens) 150 seeds, $2.00

HELD OVER SEED FROM 2013; tested 12/29/2013 at over 90% germination.

A visual feast-highly ornamental and completely edible, with a deep-red leaf color that develops earlier than similar varieties. Plant as a garden border, then harvest it at the tender baby leaf stage to add majestic color to salads. Less susceptible to leaf miner stippling than other baby leaf products. Red will become deeper and more pronounced under cooler temperatures.

WINTER SQUASH

00-Delicata250x Delicata Winter Squash  – 1/2 oz packet $2

(100 days)Introduced in 1890s.  Delicious, creamy sweet potato like taste.  Delicata has a fine grained, light orange flesh steamed or baked.

Delicata has a very tough skin which makes if perfect for baking on coals, on the grill or to just simmer in its on juices while in the oven.

This tough skin also serves as the perfect wrapper protecting it for up to 6 months in storage!  Delicata is a premier storage squash.  If you are one of the off the grid folks and/or homesteading, this squash can add valuable nutrition throughout the winter.  They are easy to grow and stockpile.  It doesn’t come much better than this.

Untreated seed. You can combine with other items on one order, to save postage. If you’d like to order several items and combine the postage cost, continue with ADD TO CART.

As you know from many blurbs in seed catalogs, there are a host of small vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that often have the seed planting tips: “These seeds require some light to aid in germinating. Place in fine seed mix, then cover lightly with soil to assure light for germinating.”

Here’s a method we’ve been using with some results. Place seeds in a closed jar, on absorbent paper, mist well (but not enough to have water standing) then place on a warm surface under lights or in a warm window location. In photo, jar on left is “Redventure” celery seeds and on the right, peppermint seeds.

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Once they’re sprouting, pick them off the paper and place in small seed trays with fine soil, and keep covered with one of those clear seed-tray covers, or just use a cling wrap. Soon, the cling wrap has to come off once they start growing!


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a new loan program to help small farmers, including growers who want to take advantage of the soaring interest in locally produced food.

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack told The Associated Press on Monday that new “microloans” of up to $35,000 are designed to help bolster family-run farms as well as minority growers and military veterans seeking to start a farm who might otherwise have trouble qualifying for small loans from banks or other USDA loan programs.

The loans can help farmers grow niche or organic crops to sell directly to ethnic and farmers markets, or contribute to community-supported agriculture programs. Vilsack noted direct-to-consumer sales was a fast-growing sector, with a 60 percent increase in farmers markets in the past three years.

<MORE AT LINK>:   APNewsBreak: USDA to offer farm ‘microloans’ – Yahoo! New

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We don’t have a Kindle in the house, but have noticed that this book is getting a lot of mentions on Twitter and Facebook posts. Here’s the link to the Amazon offering, and some brief reviews:

Urban Gardening: How To Grow Food In Any City Apartment Or Yard No Matter How Small (Growing Indoors, On Rooftop , Small Yards, Balcony Gardens, Planting … Gardening Systems) (Gardening Guidebooks) [Kindle Edition]

 


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When considering what foods and spices you can grow from  seeds or young plants in your area, if you’re interested in knowing the antioxidant capacity of the things you’re growing, here’s a table by “Web MD” showing some common foods and the antioxidants they may carry:

Antioxidant Riches Found in Unexpected Foods: Beans, Berries, Spices, and Potatoes Are Antioxidant Powerhouses (click)

Here’s a helpful scale taken from some research of Tufts University working with the USDA:  The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale measures both the time and degree of free-radical inhibition.

See this web-site that is run by doTerra, a seller of essential oils–we’re not endorsing their product, just referring to their page (click)