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Beans

Beans - Brittlewax - Days to harvest: 54 Sowing: Sow seeds every 10 days from late May once soil has warmed to a minimum 16°C (60°F) to mid-July. Grows best in light, organic, well-drained soil.Comments: Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers. Do not disturb beans when leaves are damp. Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1") Seed spacing: 8 cm (3") Row width: 50 cm (20") Description: Brittlewax Yellow Bush Bean Round, fleshy, brittle medium yellow pods have a rich flavour. Erect, bush plants bear an abundance of tender, stringless pods. Delicious in salads.Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Beet

Beet - Detroit Dark Red - Days to harvest: 63 Sowing: Plant early spring or later in summer for fall crops. Rich moist sandy loam is best. Planting Depth: 1 cm (1/2") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1¼") Row width: 60 cm (24") Thin to: 7 cm (3") Description: This heritage variety is the most popular in the beet family. Dark, red, globe shaped roots have a smooth crown and small taproot. Excellent for tables, canning and freezing and greens. Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

 Beet - Lutz Green Leaf   Days to harvest: 60 Sowing: Sow seeds every 2 weeks from early Spring once the soil has warmed to 7°C (45°F) until mid-July. Thinning is essential for proper root formation. Planting Depth: 1 cm (1/2") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1¼") Row width: 60 cm (24") Thin to: 12.5 cm (5")Description: This heritage variety has been popular with Amish and Mennonite communities for generations! This beet is valued for its lush, glossy foliage that makes for a superb green and for the large, sweet roots. This is an excellent multi-purpose beet variety with large roots that can grow to 15 cm (6”) wide without getting woody!Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe - Delicious 51 - Days to harvest: 75 Sowing: Best sown indoors mid-April to mid-May or outdoors in late May. Seeds need warm, sandy soil and 5-10 days at 21°C (70°F) to germinate properly. Comments: Well-rotted manure or organic matter dug into the bottom of each hill is very beneficial. Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1") Seed spacing: 6-8 seeds per hill Hill width: 1.5 m (5’) Thin to 4 vines per hillDescription: A nearly round open pollinated heritage variety with firm orange coloured flesh. Melons average 15 cm (6”) in diameter and average weight is almost 1 kg (2 lb) when fully ripened. Excellent for home gardeners.Difficulty to Save Seed: Medium

 

Carrot

Carrot - Chatenay Red - Days to harvest: 72 Sowing: Sow seeds in well prepared light soil after the soil temperature rises above 7.5°C (45°F). Comments: Keep the seedbed evenly moist avoiding crusting over while the seeds are sprouting. Do not use a high nitrogen fertilizer. Planting Depth: 0.5 cm (1/4") Seed spacing: 0.5 cm (1/4") Row width: 50 cm (20") Thin to 10 cm (4") Description: One of the most popular storage varieties, orange scarlet roots are smooth, and even shaped and grow to 15 cm (6”) long and 2.5 cm (1”) thick. Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

Cucumber

Cucumber - Wisconsin SMR 58 - Days to harvest: 64 Sowing: In hills 1 ½ m (5') apart, 6 seeds per hill after all danger of frost is past. Comments: Well rotted manure or compost dug into the soil is beneficial. Planting Depth: 2 cm (3/4") Seed spacing: 5 cm (2") Hill spacing: 150 cm (60") Thin to 4 vines per hill Description: This heritage variety is the best disease resistant pickling variety. Black-spined with medium green fruits that taper at both ends. Productive and delicately flavoured. Difficulty to Save Seed: Medium

 

Eggplant

Eggplant - Black Beauty - Days to harvest: 80 Sowing: Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last expected frost. Soak seeds for 24 hours in tepid water before sowing in soilless medium. Harden off before transplanting out. Comments: Stake plants for extra support when fruit begins to develop. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 8 cm (3") Row width: 90 cm (36") Thin to 60 cm (24") Description: This heritage variety produces large dark purple fruits on healthy compact open pollinated plants. Fruit remains tender and tart for an extended period. Great for home gardeners and commercial growers. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Kale

Kale - Dwarf Curled Scotch - Days to harvest: 75 Sowing: Sow seeds in early spring and as long as weather is cool. Comments: Flavour is most delicious after frost. Planting Depth: 1 cm (3/8") Seed spacing: 1 cm (3/8") Row width: 60 cm (24") Thin to 20 cm (8") Description: Very easy to grow and rich in vitamins. Excellent garnish. Originates in the eastern Mediterranean. Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

Kohl

Kohl Rabi - White Vienna Days to harvest: 55 Sowing: Sow seeds in successive crops every 2 weeks from late April to late July. Planting Depth: 1 cm (1/2") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Row width: 40 cm (16") Thin to 10 cm (4") Description: Rapidly growing heritage variety produces greenish-white bulbs with short tops and few leaves. Slow to bolt and early producing. Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

Leek

Leek - Large Musselburg - Days to harvest: 90 Sowing: Best started indoors in February or March. Transplant later in spring when plants are around 20 cm (8”) tall. Can be directly seeded in April-June. Comments: An early light application of a high nitrogen fertilizer is beneficial. Planting Depth: 0.5 cm (1/4") Seed spacing: 1 cm (1/2") Row width: 35 cm (14") Thin to 15 cm (6") Description: Leaves are a medium green with a nicely elongated stem 20-23 cm (8-9”) long and 5-7 cm (2-3”) thick. Mild tasting white stems are absolutely delicious in sautés, soups, etc. Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

Lettuce

Lettuce - Grand Rapids - Days to harvest: 45 Sowing: Sow seeds in successive crops every 2 weeks from April to August, as long as weather is cool. Comments: Harvest by pulling entire plant or cutting leaves at least 2.5 cm (1") above the base to encourage new leaf growth. Planting Depth: 3 mm (1/8") Seed spacing: 0.5 cm (1/4") Row width: 45 cm (18") Thin to 10 cm (4") Description: This heritage variety is the absolute monarch of the leaf lettuce family! Crispy, succulent, light green leaves are lightly crinkled and possess a fine delicate taste. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Onion

Onion - Southport White Globe - Days to harvest: 64 Sowing: Sow seeds in early spring. Comments: Shallow roots require even watering. For spring onions, pull any time after plants are 30 cm (12”) tall. Planting Depth: 1 cm (1/2") Seed spacing: 1 cm (1/2") Row width: 30 cm (12") Thin to 6 cm (2½") Description: An excellent, white, bunching heritage variety well adapted to northern growing areas. Solid, round bulbs have thin delicate skins. Flesh is white, fine grained and mild. Excellent in salads. Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

Pea

Pea - Blue Bantom - Days to harvest: 80 Sowing: Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1") Seed spacing: 15cm (6") Thin to: 10-15 cm apart when seedlings are 2.5-5 cm high Description: Compact vines bear bushels of 10 cm long blue-green pods loaded with eight peas per pod. Peas are packed with vitamins A, C and folate. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

Pea - Sugar Daddy - Days to harvest: 65 Sowing: Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1") Seed spacing: 15cm (6") Thin to: 10-15 cm apart when seedlings are 2.5-5 cm high Description: The first truly stringless sugar pod pea. 8 cm deep green pods on 61 cm vines. Resists powdery mildews and pea leaf roll virus. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Pumpkin

Pumpkin - Connecticut Field -Days to harvest: 120 Sowing: Sow seeds outdoors in late May and June. Can be started indoors in paper or fiber pots 3 weeks earlier. Comments: Before planting, dig in well-rotted manure or organic matter. Prevent rot by protecting mature pumpkins from frost or freezing temperatures. Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1") Seed per hill: 6 Hill distance: 2.4 m (8’) Thin to 4 plants per hill Description: This sweet heritage variety has a deep orange skin and thick, fine-grained, deep yellow flesh. Regularly produces 11 kg (28 lb) pumpkins up to 50 cm (20”) in diameter that have a flat globular shape with little ribbing. Great for pies. Difficulty to Save Seed: Medium

 

Radish

Radish - Scarlet Globe - Days to harvest: 24 Sowing: Sow seeds every 2 weeks in early spring or late summer, as long as weather is cool. Comments: Rapid growth is essential for tasty, tender roots so keep soil evenly moist during germination and growth stages. Planting Depth: 1 cm (1/2") Seed spacing: 1 cm (1/2") Row width: 30 cm (12") Thin to 4 cm (1½") Description: This heritage variety produces scarlet roots with pure white, crisp, tender flesh that is very mild tasting. Our special strain, with medium tops about 8 cm (3”) high, does well in sandy or dry soils. Difficulty to Save Seed: Medium

 

Spinach

Spinach - New Zealand - Days to harvest: 55 Sowing: Soak seeds for 12-24 hours before planting. Sow seeds in successive crops every 2 weeks from mid-spring until early summer for a continuous supply. Sow again in mid-to-late August. Comments: Harvest regularly for continuous supply of tender new growth. A good choice for home gardens. Planting Depth: 1 cm (1/2") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Row width: 40 cm (16") Thin to 7 cm (3") Description: Small but broad pointed leaves of this heritage variety develop on large, spreading plants. Thrives in hot, dry weather. Difficulty to Save Seed: Medium

 

Squash

Squash - Waltham Butternut - Days to harvest: 85 Sowing: Sow seeds outdoors in late May and June. Can be started indoors in paper or fiber pots 3 weeks earlier. Comments: Harvest after vine dies or rind hardens and dulls in colour. Gather before frost, leaving part of stem attached to fruit. Planting Depth: 2.5 cm (1”) Seeds per Hill: 6 Hill spacing: 2.4 m (8’) Row width: 45 cm (18") Thin to 4 plants per hill Description: Creamy yellow smooth outer skin holds deep orange flesh in the bulbous end of this heavy producer. Average weight is 1.5-2 kg (3-4 lb). Great taste improves with storage. Difficulty to Save Seed: Medium

 

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard - Rhubarb Chard - Days to harvest: 60 Sowing: Sow seeds in successive crops every 2 weeks from mid-Spring until early summer for a continuous supply. Comments: Harvest outer leaves first by cutting at the base of the stem, then work towards the center. Harvest regularly for continuous supply of tender new growth. Planting Depth: 1 cm (1/2") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Row width: 45 cm (18") Thin to: 10 cm (4") Description: Dark green rhubarb-like leaves are slightly crumpled with crimson veins. Main stems of narrow but fleshy ribs are bright red. Leaves are cooked like spinach. Stalks are great cut into small pieces and cooked. Very heat resistant. Difficulty to Save Seed: Advanced

 

Tomato

Tomato - Amber Colour - Days to harvest: 70 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 90 cm (36") Description: Indeterminate. A Russian heirloom, Amber Colour Tomato plants are bushy and stout. Tomatoes are round and 5 cm (2") in diameter. Flavour is on the sweet side. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Buckbee's New 50 Day - Days to harvest: 70 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 90 cm (36") Description: Indeterminate. H.W. Buckbee's of Rockford, IL introduced this tomato in the 1920s. Produces 4-5 oz perfectly shaped tomatoes. Excellent old fashioned tomato flavor. Solid, meaty with a sweet flavor. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Henderson's Wins All - Days to harvest: 85 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 120 cm (48") Description: Indeterminate. Introduced in 1924 as ‘Number 400’ and renamed Wins All as a result of a naming contest in 1925 by Peter Henderson. Resulted as an improvement of the well-known pink beefsteak Ponderosa. Is a beautifully shaped flattened pink beefsteak with superb flavour. The fruit are large and average 1lb and up. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Bison - Days to harvest: 70 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 60 cm (24") Description: Determinate. Originally offered by Oscar Will in 1937. Dwarf plants require no staking or pruning. Deep red fruits 7.5 cm (3") are produced even in cold, damp weather. Has produced as much as 40 pounds of fruit from a single plant! Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Glacier - Days to harvest: 55 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 60 cm (24") Description: Semi-determinate. Loads of round, 2-3-inch, red to slightly orange fruit are produced on compact, potato-leafed plants to 3 feet tall. Use in salads or in colorful tomato salads. Excellent flavour for an early-season type. Reliable in cooler-season climates, setting fruit all summer long. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Black Pear - Days to harvest: 75 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 90 cm (36") Description: Semi-determinate. A unique black Russian tomato of Siberian origin. Produce big, potato-leaf plants that yield plentiful crops of 6-8 oz., dark, mahogany-brown tomatoes with dark green shoulders. Fruits are shaped like miniature pears and are loaded with well-balanced flavors. Good for cutting up into salads or used in a tomato sauce. Disease resistant. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Azoychka - Days to harvest: 70 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 90 cm (36") Description: Indeterminate. A very productive Russian heirloom, regular-leaf plant that produces an abundant crop (40-50 tomatoes per plant) of smooth, 7.5 cm (3"), yellow/orange tomatoes with a luscious sweet citrusy flavor. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Bloody Butcher - Days to harvest: 55 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1- ½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 90 cm (36") Description: Indeterminate. A very early producing tomato variety. A good choice for a tomato as you wait for later varieties to harvest. Vigorous, potato-leaf plants that yield copious amounts of 5 cm (2") fruits that are deep-red colour, inside and out. Five to nine fruits per cluster with a rich heirloom tomato flavour. A good canning tomato. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Tomato - Aurora - Days to harvest: 60 Sowing: Sow seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. When the seedlings are 4 cm (1½") high, transplant into individual peat pots until planting in the garden late May. After hardening off, transplant into well-drained organic soil. Tomatoes need warmth, direct sunlight & a steady supply of water. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Thin to 60 cm (24") Description: Determinate. From Siberia is named for the Aurora Borealis. Compact, bushy plants produce impressively heavy crops of 4-6 oz., red, round tomatoes with acidic but delicious flavour. A great canning tomato. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Herbs

Sweet Basil - Days to harvest: 50 Sowing: Sow seeds outdoors in late May to early June or start them inside and transplant after danger of frost is past in a sunny site with average soil. Planting Depth: 3 mm (1/8") Seed spacing: 6 mm (1/4")Description: Annual herb. This prolific grower produces relatively large leaves that are used fresh or dried in poultry, meat, fish dishes or tomato-based sauces. Grows to 30-45 cm (12-18”) tall. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Chives - Days to harvest: 60 Sowing: Sow seeds outdoors in mid to late May, August and September or start them inside and transplant after danger of frost is past. Comments: Zone 3-9 hardy. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1”) Description: Perennial herb. Mild onion flavour in typical onion shaped leaves. Use the delicate leaves in salads, soups, stews, omelettes, and dips. Grows in clusters to 15 cm (6”) tall. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Cilantro - Days to Harvest: 60 Sowing: Plant directly into the garden once danger of frost has passed. Comments: Can be grown indoors. Difficult to transplant. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5cm (1") Plant spacing: 25 cm (10”) Row spacing: 25 cm (10”) Description: Annual. Also known as Coriander or Chinese parsley. Popular for its spicy flavour, it is a mainstay of many Chinese and Latin American dishes. Use as a flavouring in curries, chili sauces, breads, sauces and pickles. The leaves have a milder flavour than the seeds. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Dill - Days to harvest: 70 Sowing: Sow seeds outdoors in mid to late May or start them inside and transplant after danger of frost is past. Comments: Pretty lacy foliage looks attractive in cut flower arrangements. Planting Depth: 6mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1”) Thin to: 10 cm (4”) Description: Essential pickling herb. Also adds wonderful flavour to salads, fish, vegetables and egg dishes. Grows to 60-75 cm. (24-30”) tall. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Oregano - Days to harvest: 90 Sowing: Sow seeds outdoors in mid to late May, August and September or start them inside and transplant after danger of frost is past. Space seeds as thinly as possible and sow in a sunny site with average soil. Comments: For drying, cut top 16 cm (6”) off stems before flowers open. Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 3 mm (1/8”) Thin to 13 cm (5”) Description: Perennial herb. This popular herb is a must in Italian, Spanish and Mexican cuisine. Terrific in most tomato dishes. Grows to 75 cm (30”) tall. Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

Parsley - Single Hardy Italian Days to harvest: 75 Sowing: Sow seeds outdoors in late May to early June or start them inside 8 weeks before last frost. Prefers partial shade Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4") Seed spacing: 2.5 cm (1") Plant spacing: 15 cm (6”) Row spacing: 30 cm (12”) Description: Biennial herb. Italian, or flat-leaf parsley has a stronger flavour than regular parsley and is a very popular addition to many dishes. Try growing in an indoor herb garden for fresh parsley year round. To dry, place in the shade, then complete drying in an oven. Crush the leaves and store in air-tight container Difficulty to Save Seed: Easy

 

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