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tomatillo_toma_verde.jpgTomatillo Toma Verde
Early Starters
55- 65 Days
On the package: Start these seeds indooors 10-12 weeks before the last frost. Commonly known as a husk tomato, or a Mexican green tomato, the tomatillo is a relative of the tomato, but with a tart flavour and a tangy taste, useful in Mexican sauces or salsa. Tomatillos should be harvested while they are still green. The fruit is enclosded in a thin husk which should be removed before the fruit is used. Transplant outdoors in a sunny location as soon as all danger of frost has passed.

watermelon.jpgWatermelon - Sugar Baby
Early Starter
75-80 days
On the package: Be careful when transplanting not to disturb the roots. Most popular 'Icebox' type of watermelon. Globular. Very sweet, crisp,red flesh. Fruits are 7-8" round and weigh 8-10 lbs each. A perfect size for a family. For earlier fruit, start seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost. Transplant outside when night temperatures remain above 13 C (55F). Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Water in dry weather. Perfect for smaller gardens.

 

 

 

carrot_scarlet_nantes.jpgJumbo Carrot - (Coreless) Scarlet Nantes
68 days
On the package:Most popular and dependable home garden variety. Roots are sweet and tender yet incredibly crisp. Bright orange in colour. Hint: for best flavour, harvest when roots are not more than 5 cm (2") in diameter. Rich loose soil is best. Uniform soil moisture is critical. Plant near beans, peas, tomatoes, onions and leeks. Do not plant near dill.

carrot_redcoredDanvers.jpgCarrot - Red Cored Danvers
65 - 80 days
On the package: Excellent quality, tender carrot which is a favorite for processing. Half long and pointed, crisp and sweet.  Hint: for best flavour, harvest when roots are not more than 5 cm(2") in diameter.Rich loose soil is best. Uniform soil moisture is critical. Plant near beans, peas, tomatoes, onions and leeks.

 

 

 

carrot_nantes_touchon.jpgCarrot - Nantes Touchon
60 -70 days
On the package: An extremely high quality, long type of carrot. Bright orange flesh, nearly coreless. Sweet and juicy.  Hint: for best flavour, harvest when roots are not more than 5 cm(2") in diameter.Rich loose soil is best. Uniform soil moisture is critical. Companion plants are beans, peas, tomatoes, onions and leeks.

 

 

 



onion_annual_bunching.jpgOnion
- Annual Bunching
Early Starters
60 -75 days
On the package: Most popular strain for bunching. Extra long, white shanks with mild and sweet green bottoms. Seeds can be started indoors and transplanted outside in early spring. Otherwise, plant as early in spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Fertile, well-drained, non-crusting soil is best. Hilling soil well up around the plants encourages the development of longer white stalks.

beet_detroit_dark_Red.jpgBeet - Detroit Dark Red
50 - 60 days
On the package: The perfect all purpose variety. Medium early variety. Dark red round roots that are sweet, tender and fine-grained throughout. After germination, thin plants first to 4 cm(1 1/2 ") then to 8 cm (3"). Tops are great for salads too! Ideal for use fresh, canned, pickled and frozen. Plant with beans, cabbage, lettuce and kohl rabi, but away from pole beans.

Brusellsprouts_longisland.jpgBrussel Sprouts - Long Island
Early Starters
100 -110 days
On the package: For earlier crops, start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.  Nutritous with a nutty buttery flavour. Medium green small cabbage-like sprouts. Cool weather crop that likes rich well drained moisture retaining soil. Hint: pinching out the growing point at the top of the plant will encourage the development of the sprouts. Plant with celery, dill, chamomile, sage, mint and rosemary.

 

 

celery_green_utah.jpg

Celery - Green Utah
Early Starters
110 -120 days
On the package: Start indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost. An early variety with dark green erect smooth stems that are a special treat for the  adventurous gardener. Every part of the palnt is edible, the root, stalk and foliage! Plants like deep rich soil that is well drained. Keep the soil moist at all times. Hint: to get a light green tender celery you must blanch the stock. To do so, either mound soil up around the stalks, or place boards on either side  fo the stalks, putting soil in between the plants, to keep the light from getting to the stalk. A challenge to grow but well worth the effort.

spinach_longstanding_bloomsdale.jpgSpinach - Long Standing Bloomsdale
40 - 48 days
On the package: Very popular variety that bears for a long time. Glossy, dark green, thick textured, crinkled leaves are rich in Iron. Very healthful. This cool weather vegetable is easy to grow in rich, well-drained soil. Best growth occurs in spring and fall, so plant as soon as the ground can be worked, and be sure to do a second sowing in late summer for a fall crop. Requires plenty of moisture.

Bean_stringless_green_pod.jpgBean -(Bush) Stringless Green Pod
50 - 55 days
On the package: Early maturing and very productive. 15 cm (6") tasty green stringless beans flourish on compact bush plants. Excellent for fresh cut use. Also ideal for freezing or canning. Try smaller successive sowings one or two weeks apart to extend the harvest season of fresh beans or sow with mid and late season varieties to ensure a continous supply of fresh and tasty beans.

 

 

Peas_sugar_snap.jpgPeas - Sugar Snap(TM) (Edible Pod)
70 - 75 days
On the package: Heavy yields with a deliciously sweet flavour and crispy texture characterize this All America Award winning variety. The 2 m (6') vines provide an abundance of scrumptious 7.5 cm (3") pods, which are completely edible. Support with netting or a trellis. Tastes great raw, stir-fried, steamed or in salads.

tomato_big_beef.jpgTomato - Big Beef Hybrid
Early Starters
70 -75 days
On the package: Start seed indoors 6 -8 weeks before the last frost. Enjoy heavy yields of large 'beefy' fruit, rich in flavour, good uniformity, and very disease resistant. These are the trademarks of this All America Award Winning variety. An 'indeterminate' variety for all climates. Stake plants for support. Deep well-drained soil is best.

tomato-tinytim.jpgTomato - Tiny Tim
Early Starters
45 - 55 days
On the package: Start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.  Extremely early, miniature cherry tomato. Less than 28 g (1 oz) fruit is scarlet red. Plant reaches 38 - 60 cm (15 -24") in height. Start seed indoors to be planted out as soon as plants are hardened off and soil is warm. Make sure night temperature is to remain above 15 C (60 F). Deep well-drained soil is best. Perfect for decorating salads and vegetable trays.

 

 

Pepper_mini-bell-mixed.jpgPepper - Mini Bell Mixed
Early Starters
70 -90 days
On the package: Start indoors 6- 8 weeks before last frost. Short and stocky 16" plants covered with sweet 2" fruits that have 2-3 lobes, excellent fresh flavour. Ripen form green to chocolate, or to red or to yellow depending upon the variety. Delicious 90 dyas from transplant. Once all danger of frost has passed, harden off the seedlings prior to transplanting to the garden.

Leek_monstrous_carentan.jpgLeek - Monstrous Carentan
110- 120 days
On the package: This relative to the onion is very hardy and vigorous. The flavour is sweet and mild. Easy to grow and cold tolerant. Start indoors in March and plant outdoors in late April or early May in deep, well-drained, loamy soil. Plant outdoors in a trench  13 cm (6") deep and 13 cm (6") across. Gradually fill trench as plants grow, surrounding the stems with soil. Leeks are very heavy feeders so fertilize well with rotted manure.

cabbage-littleleague.jpgCabbage - Little League
Early Starter
70 days
On the package: For ealier crops, start seed indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Produces super early, miniature heads about the size of a grapefruit. Excellent taste raw or cooked. One of the most unique cabbage varieties. Plant cabbage in sunny location. Rotate crops for best result. Likes rich soil and regular watering.

 

 

pumpkin.jpgPumpkin - Dill's Atlantic Giant PVP
Early Starters
125 days
On the package: This grand-daddy of pumpkins can grow 45-225 kg (100-500 lbs)!. Start the seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost, then set them out when the ground is thoroughly warm, or sow the seeds directly in the ground after the danger of frost has passed. Plant 5-6 seeds/hill, ten thin to best 3. When the fruit sets, prune the fruits until only one or two are left. Water frequently and add fertilizer occasionally to aid its growth.

cucumber_nationalpickling.jpgCucumber - National Pickling
55 days
On the package: A proven variety that produces abundant high quality fruits. 15 cm(6") long, cylindrical, dark green. Black spined. Resistant to cucumber mosiac and scab. Plant outside only after all danger of frost is past and the soil is warm. May be started indoors but roots should not be disturbed in transplanting. Soil must be fertile and rich in compost.

Lettuce_cos_romaine.jpgLettuce - Cos or Romaine
65 - 85 days
On the package: For an earlier crop, start indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost. Splendid quality that develops elongated heads to long ribbed leaves. The dark green outer leaves are coarse, while the inner leaves are a lighter green. Romaine type of Head lettuce especially known for Ceasar salad. Plant in moist, well-drained soil, as soon as ground can be worked in the spring. Keep soil moist. Thrives in cool weather. Full sun in spring and fall. Partial shade during the hottest part of the summer.