Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SEEDS OF THE MONTH


Almost missed it this month, but here it is, this month's batch of seeds from the SEEDS OF THE MONTH club.  Not only do I love it when they arrive in the mailbox (it's like Christmas!), but I love sharing them and getting advice.

This month brings the arrival of the following varieties:

Pea, "Sugar Snap"
Cabbage, "Late Flat Dutch"
Broccoli, "Waltham 29"
Kale, "Dwarf Siberian"

Anyone grown any of these vegetables and/or varieties?  I always like to ask so I can see if there is any advice you all can give on best methods of planting, growing tips, etc.  I'm never sure what is best for Fall planting, or Winter, or wait till Spring, etc. and so I have to divide them up into what I can maybe plant in the Spring or save until later.

Thank you, as always!

19 comments:

  1. I've grown sugar snaps, cabbage (though savoy and pointed) and broccoli before. I can't give you much advice myself because I can't say I had huge success. The peas were ok, but didn't really produce a great crop, the broccoli was a disaster and produced nothing, but the cabbage were good and nice. I am trying cabbage again this year and spend most of my time trying to keep away caterpillars, slugs and snails. Hope you have better luck than me!

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    1. Try using 'diotomaceous earth' as a slug and other critter repellant. It sure works for me!

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    2. Thank you both for the advice. I love when we all have a conversation of sorts. Sorry you didn't have much luck with some of those cabbage is yummy so that's good. I think we should all try different things and then when something works, go with that. I have some eggplant (Japanese Eggplant) growing in town that goes CRAZY every year. I KNOW I'll always get a good crop with that. It's a standby.

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  2. PS, I've just made your white bean sausage and kale stew. Its cooking as I write. Changed some of the meat to use what I had, some chorizo and pork, but basically the same thing. Really looking forward to trying it tonight.

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    1. So delicious, definitely be making that again, lots of times!

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    2. How awesome, thank you!!! Glad you enjoyed it!!!

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  3. I've used all of the above excep the cabbage and they grew very well for me. I started my seedlings early so they were transplated into the ground in March. Peas were direct sow and produced well.

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    1. Thank you for the tips, I appreciate it. I hope we can get the cabbage to grow, I love it. The peas would be great too!! Definitely starting seedlings next season. I can't wait. I've got the bug and it's just now ending the summer season, ha. It's these seeds! They are the hope of another season!

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  4. Looks like fun. I have grown both Sugar Snap and Snow Peas from seed. I buy broccoli seedlings. This year I will plant at least twice as much maybe 3 times of the peas, none of the peas ever made it to the kitchen. Every time I would water I would check on the peas, and ended up eating a handful every time. My broccoli was succesful, smaller heads came up on the sides of stalks more like brocollini so don't cut the stalks down too far. I tried cauliflower two years ago, nothing, brussel sprouts last fall, another nothing. Might try cabbage seedlings this year.

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    1. Hey, I guess we just have to keep trying things until we find what works for our area huh? I could totally relate about the peas, I could just graze on those all day long, ha.

      Thanks for the tips on the broccoli!

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  5. I always have great luck with Sugar Snap peas when I plant them in the spring. But I live in a far more northern area than you, so can't advise when it is the best time for you to plant them. Mine go in as soon as the ground thaws and can be worked. Cabbages I start indoors about 6 weeks before I want to plant them out in spring and I've had good luck with them. I do the same with kale, and I also plant some directly in the ground for Fall. Again, my growing zone is different, thus the timing of the planting out.

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    1. I probably have a longer growing season than you, I could probably get things in the ground sooner, fingers crossed, ha. Kale does well down here, in fact I might just try that this Fall. 2nd Family down the driveway grew tons of it last year. Thanks for the info!!

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  6. I haven't received my Seeds of the Month Club for this month yet, but I am excited to see what will arrive. All of these are cool season vegetables and you may be able to grow these in the fall in your area.

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    1. You know, I didn't get mine, and I emailed and they had been mailed early in the month. They were very nice and just sent more, So if you haven't gotten yours, I'd send them a note. Customer service is super with them.

      Yes, I was kind of thinking these might be Fall/cooler weather veggies. I need to get my garden beds done.

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  7. I finally know what to get you for Christmas! Do the have "plant this at this time" books out there? Asked the non-gardening city girl.

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    1. Hey sweetie! Hmm, they do have those books but it would have to be related to our gardening area. Let me do some checking! :-)

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  8. I grow everything but the peas for early spring planting using the Winter Sown method. Basically I make a little door in a gallon milk jug, punch 4 holes in the bottom, fill with 2-3 inches of soil and sprinkle the seeds on top. Water and place outside until Mother Nature wakes them up. The most important part though is....do all of this after Christmas. I live in Michigan so if you live somewhere very warm, I am not sure how it would work.

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    1. First of all WELCOME to the blog. I read your comment over on the giveaway post (I don't reply to those so that my comments don't get lumped in with the drawing). I'm catching up on your blog. I'm also very sorry for your loss. I just can't even fathom but you are a strong person! And the 365 Pottery blog is a great idea. OK, sorry I digress, just had to say thanks and welcome to our farm!!

      I love the milk jug idea, I will have to try that. Thank you! :-)

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