Archives for Seeds

F for Four O’clocks

Categories: Plants and Seeds.

~ 4 o’clocks or Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis jalapa is an annual plant where I live in Canada.  The blooms of many colours usually open in the late afternoon, all night and close up the following morning.  The plant likes full sun and grows just under 1 meter in height.  I’m Canadian zone 5b which is the equivalent of USDA zone 4b.  In warmer climate zones this plant can be grown as a perennial.  I need to dig the root each year and save it in a cool, dark place so that it can be planted the following spring.
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Monk Peas

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

Monk peas have a fascinating story with them and are classified as heirloom seeds.  Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, discovered the basic principles of heredity.  after extensive studies and used peas most of the time because the offspring could be quickly and easily produced.  These seeds grow into dwarf plants with pink and white flowers and are perfect for making pea soup.  They were planted on May 14, 2017 and by May 19 they were sprouting. The pretty pink and white flowers started to appear by mid June and the small pea pods developed as the flowers finished. On July 12, with the
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Five Varieties of Beans

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

I’m trying different types of bean seeds this year in the garden and can’t wait to get started.  I acquired several varieties at the Seedy Saturdays I attended and while I’m waiting for planting time I’ve been doing some research and finding info on them. These are 5 different varieties for my garden, either pole beans or bush beans.  These were either purchased or came from the swap table. Heirloom Black Valentine Beans – This lovely green filet bean is known  for its sweet and “beany” taste. Mauve flowers grow on this bush variety. You can plant this in cool
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Hap-pea with Ap’pea’ling Varieties

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

After two visits to Seedy Saturdays I’m hap-pea that I’ve got five ap-pea-ling varieties of peas to grow.   Can you tell I love the play on words? I’ve got ‘purse’onality with my tote bags, ‘Soup’er Sunday recipes, personali’trees’ in my garden, 2sDay photos, craf-tea, and more. Today I’m starting a series of Be Hap-pea posts sharing different peas that I’ll be growing on the plant tables this year.  As the season progresses I will document how each of these peas grow. Tall peas – these come from a local seed source and will grow up a trellis and should be
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Dreaming on a Promise

Categories: Out and About, Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

March came in like a wet lion, with a fair bit of rain and wind and then the temperatures dropped about 20 odd degrees in one day, from +13 Celsius to -7 Celsius overnight.  Now they are slowly climbing back up again for a few more days. The snow has all gone except for the odd spot in the really shady areas of the fields.   On the days when the wind wasn’t so bad it was lovely to get out and walk around the garden and look for the promise of green growth. I found the rhubarb,  the ditch
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Rattlesnake Snap Beans

Categories: Seeds, The Garden 2017, and Vegetables.

A couple of years ago I tried a new variety of pole beans for my container garden.  These rattlesnake beans had an unusual name but they grew amazingly well. I purchase my rattlesnake bean seeds at Terra Edibles.  I’m lucky enough to live about a 5 minute drive away from this store in Foxboro, Ontario, Canada but you can order online if you aren’t close by.  They carry a huge selection of veggies and flower seeds.  Rattlesnake bean seeds are light brown with brown markings. This pole bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple
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Purple Hyacinth Beans

Categories: Plants, Seeds, and Vegetables.

Purple hyacinth beans or lablab purpureus. This is an ornamental, annual vine that I grow for the lovely flowers and coloured beans. Plants like full sun and will grow well on a south facing wall.  Soil should have good drainage. The interesting little seeds made me think of a mouth on a head with no eyes.  Plant seeds outside after all chance of frost has passed.  Or start inside about 4 to 6 weeks before planting outside.  Seeds will germinate in 10 to 15 days. About 7 days later the seeds were sprouting. And a few more days after that the
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The Seeding Square

Categories: Seeds.

Do you want to make the best of the planting space you have and get the seeds spaced correctly for the best yield?  Plant by colour with 4 simple steps with a Seeding Square, from a company based out of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. A seeding square will simplify your planting with colour coded holes perfectly spaced for various seeds. It is also a great way to get the kids into gardening. The chart included has instructions on one side and a planting guide on the other side. You look up the seeds you are planting and see if they require the red, yellow,
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