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Gardening

Gardening is where we will share all our growing tips with you. Gardening is the perfect parallel to connecting with people. Seeds are like people, you raise them, give them love and attention, train them, harvest, then do it all over again...

Seed Directions
We numbered your card so you can identify the variety and learn how to care for it. You can find your type by looking at the sections below. We placed the seeds in chronological order. All seeds have an 80+% germination rate, so you should get one or two seeds to grow. Look up almanac.com for germinating and planting advice. Do your best. The more energy/care you put into your plant, the more it will give back.

Tomatoes

Squash

Melons

There are twelve different Heirloom GMO Free Tomato seeds that we passed out during the parade.

The types are:
#1 Floridade, #2 Yellow Pear, #3 Golden Jubilee, #4 Beef Steak Red, #5 San Marzano, #6 Rutgers, #7 Ace 55, #8 Homestead 24, #9 Marion, #10 Red Cherry Large, #11 Marglobe Improved, #12 Roma.

Care:
  1. Water generously for the first few days.
  2. Water well throughout growing season, about 2 inches per week during the summer. 
  3. Mulch five weeks after transplanting to retain moisture.
  4. To help tomatoes through periods of drought, find some flat rocks and place one next to each plant.

There are nine different Heirloom GMO Free Squash seeds that we passed out during the parade.

The types are:
#13 Acorn, #14 Table Queen, #15 Waltham Butternut, #16 Vegetable Spaghetti, #17 Ealry Straight Neck, #18 Golden Zucchini, #19 Dark Green Zucchini, #20 Cocozelle, #21 Scallop.

Care:
  1. Mulch plants to protect shallow roots, discourage weeds, and retain moisture.
  2. When the first blooms appear, apply a small amount of fertilizer as a side dress application.
  3. For all type of squash, frequent and consistent watering is recommended. Water most diligently when fruits form and throughout their growth period.
  4. Water deeply once a week, applying at least one inch of water. Do not water shallowly; the soil needs to be moist 4 inches down.
  5. After harvest begins, fertilize occasionally for vigorous growth and lots of fruits.
  6. If your fruits are misshapen, they might not have received enough water or fertilization.

There are twelve different Heirloom GMO Free Melon seeds that we passed out during the parade. 

The types are:
#22 Black Diamond Watermelon, #23 Sugar Baby Watermelon, #24 Charleston Grey Watermelon, #25 Crimson Sweet Watermelon, #26 Congo Watermelon, #27 Tendersweet Orange Watermelon, #28 Banana, #29 Honey Dew Green Flesh, #30 Honey Rock, #31 Hearts of Gold, #32 Rocky Ford Green Flesh, #33 Hales Best Jumbo.

Care:
  1. Mulching with black plastic will serve multiple purposes: it will warm the soil, hinder weed growth and keep developing fruits clean.
  2. Watering is very important from planting until fruit begins to form. While melon plants are growing, blooming, and setting fruit, they need 1 to 2 inches of water per week.
  3. Keep soil moist but not waterlogged. Water at the vine’s base in the morning, and try to avoid wetting the leaves and avoid overhead watering. Reduce watering once fruit are growing. Dry weather produces the sweetest melon.
  4. If you choose to fertilize (and many do), make sure it’s deliver more nitrogen than phosphorus and potassium. However, after flowering begins, use a fertilizer with less nitrogen. We like to use liquid seaweed.
  5. Pruning isn’t necessary, but vine productivity may be improved if you do not allow lateral (side) vines to grow and stick to the main vine. When the plant is young, just cut off the end buds as they form (before the side shoots become vines). You can also pinch off some blossoms to focus the energy on fewer melons (though it’s a challenge to kill off a potential fruit!).
  6. Vines produce male and female flowers separately on the same plant. They often begin producing male flowers several weeks before the females appear. Do not be concerned if the male flowers fall off. The female flowers (which have a swollen bulb at the base) will stay on the vine and bear fruit.
  7. Blossoms require pollination to set fruit, so be kind to the bees! 
  8. As fruit is ripening, prevent rotting by gently lifting it and putting some cardboard or straw between the fruit and the soil.

Peas

There are three different Heirloom GMO Free Pea seeds that we passed out during the parade.

The types are:
#34 Green Arrow, #35 Sugar Ann, #36 Little Marvel.

Care:
  1. Make sure that you have well-drained, humus-rich soil.
  2. Poke in any seeds that wash out. (A chopstick is an ideal tool for this.)
  3. Be sure, too, that you don’t fertilize the soil too much. Peas are especially sensitive to too much nitrogen, but they may like a little bonemeal, for the phosphorus content.
  4. Though adding compost or manure to the soil won’t hurt, peas don’t need heavy doses of fertilizer. They like phosphorus and potassium.
  5. Water sparsely unless the plants are wilting. Do not let plants dry out, or no pods will be produced.
  6. For tall and vine varieties, establish poles or a trellis at time of planting.
  7. Do not hoe around plants to avoid disturbing fragile roots.
  8. It’s best to rotate pea crops every year or two to avoid a buildup of soil-borne diseases.


Beans

There are four different Heirloom GMO Free Bean seeds that we passed out during the parade.

The types are: 
#37 Broad Windsor Fava, #38 Blue Lake Green, #39 King of the Garden Lima, #40 Golden Wax.

Care:
  1. Mulch soil to retain moisture; make sure that it is well-drained.
  2. Water regularly, from start of pod to set. Water on sunny days so foliage will not remain soaked.
  3. Beans require normal soil fertility. Only fertilize where levels are low. Begin after heavy bloom and set of pods.
  4. Use a light hand when applying high-nitrogen fertilizer, or you will get lush plants and few beans.
  5. Weed diligently and use shallow cultivation to prevent disturbing the root systems.

Radishes

There are six different Heirloom GMO Free Radish seeds that we passed out during the parade.. 

The types are: #41 China Rose, #42 White Icicle, #43 Comet, #44 Cherry Belle, #45 French Breakfast, #46 Champion.

Care:
  1. Radishes require well-drained soil with consistent moisture. Keep soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.
  2. Thin radishes to about an inch apart when the plants are a week old. You will be amazed at the results.


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