Seeds Say What?

So, I decided to finally look at all the information on the seed packets. This is just a convenient list for me to easily search through and find information (I might not have the packets by harvest time, I intend on spreading the joy of gardening around my office, and you know how things disappear...).

All the varieties are labeled as Heirloom (so they often have fun names!), and a lot of them are certified organic seed. I've separated them by company purchased from and then by herbs and vegetables. Beyond that, there's no real method to the madness. I tried to get information on how long the plant takes to germinate and to mature; a few bits on its flavour, uses, or whatever; and how to save the seeds for future planting, but not all the information was immediately available. I have yet to get the information for the random beans, squash, potato, or zucchini that I planted.

Oh, did I forget to mention that I have a 10-year-old seed packet of zucchini seeds that I shoved in the ground next to the potatoes? Yeah. Crazy, here.


Botanical Interests

Florence (Finocchio) Fennel
Days to Emerge: 14
Days to Harvest: 90 (bulb)
Licorice-flavoured bulbs for soups, pastas, or roasting. Foliage as garnish with fish or chicken or used in sauces.
Store seeds in paper bag in warm, dark place. Once dry, place in glass jar for storage.

Common Oregano
Days to Emerge: 5-10
Perennial
Mild-flavoured for use in sauces, pastas, and pesto. Goes well with other herbs in Greek or Italian dishes.
Seeds?

Common English Thyme
Days to Emerge: 10-15
Perennial
Container variety. Repels cabbage worms and whiteflies. Versatile herb, many uses.
Seeds?

Garden Broadleaf Sage
Days to Emerge: 5-15
Perennial
Container variety. Strong, unique flavour and aroma. Edible flowers. “Digestive aid” in high-fat dishes, such as those with pork, veal, duck, or cheese.
Seeds?

Common Chives
Days to Emerge: 10-15
Perennial
Container variety. Good indoors. Onion-flavoured foliage. Edible flowers. Seed production reduces flavour; cut off flowers before they go to seed to maintain flavour.
Seeds?

Greek Mini Yevani Basil
Days to Emerge: 5-10
Annual
Container variety. Strong, spicy flavour. Slow bolting. Harvest before flowering.
Seeds?

Italian Dark Green Flat Parsley
Days to Emerge: 14-40 (soak seeds before sowing)
Annual
Most flavourful of all parsleys. High nutritional value, digestive aid, breath freshener, refreshing bathwater addition.
Seeds?

Slow Bolting Cilantro/Coriander
Days to Emerge: 10-15
Annual
Many uses; leaves for Mexican, Caribbean, or Asian dishes, seeds for stews, beans, and cookies. Harvest seeds for culinary use after they turn brown and start to crack but before they drop and scatter.

Palla Rossa Ashalim Radicchio
Days to Emerge: 10-15
Days to Harvest: 65
Tangy flavour. Cooking reduces flavour, but good in soups, in stir fry, or steamed with mixed vegetables. Slow bolting.
Seeds?

Correnta Spinach
Days to Emerge: 5-10
Days to Harvest: 45
Container variety. Bolt resistant. Steam or use fresh. Harvest leaves before plant bolts.
Seeds?

Bush Ace Tomato
Days to Emerge: 5-10
Days to Harvest: 80
Robust flavour, good yield, good for canning. 5”-6” diameter tomoatoes. Low-acid tomato.
Seeds?

French Breakfast Radish
Days to Emerge: 5-10
Days to Harvest: 28
Delicate flavour.
Seeds?

Purple Top White Globe Turnip
Days to Emerge: 5-10
Days to Harvest: 50
Sweet, mild flavour. Shredded or sliced for salads, cooked like mashed potatoes, vegetable soup. Greens can be used as well.
Seeds?

Carnival Blend Carrot
Days to Emerge: 10-25
Days to Harvest: 65-75
Variable colours.
Seeds?


Seed Savers Exchange

Black Cumin
Days to Emerge: 8-15
Annual
Aromatic seeds ground and used like pepper. Self-seeds.
Once seedpod turns brown, cut off and allow to dry completely before cracking open and removing hundreds of small seeds. Store seeds in cool, dry area.

Hidcote Lavender
Days to Emerge: 15-45
Perennial
Fragrant. Germination better if plants are sown in soil that is then placed in refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.
When blooms turn brown and dry, crush flowers and winnow away chaff from the seeds.

Russian Tarragon
Days to Emerge: 7-10
Perennial
Sweet, anise-flavoured leaves. Fish and poultry dishes.
When blooms turn brown and dry, crush flowers and winnow away chaff from the seeds.

Mrs. Burn's Lemon Basil
Days to Emerge: 5-30
Annual
Intense citrus aroma. Good in seafood dishes or vinegars.
Cross-pollinates with other varieties of basil, should be kept separate while flowering. Seed capsules contain four seeds. Allow capsules to dry, then harvest and separate by hand.

Monnopa Spinach
Days to Emerge: ?
Days to Harvest: 45-60
Sweetest of all spinach (low oxalic acid).
Cross-pollinates by wind-blown pollen with other varieties of spinach. Harvest seeds when they are dry on the plant (may need to wear gloves, seeds may be prickly).

Red Russian Kale
Days to Emerge: ?
Days to Harvest: 50-60
Vigorous plants. Tender, mild, sweet flavour. Small leaves for salads, larger leaves boiled.
Biennial. Cross-pollinates with all other Brassica oleracea. Harvest seedpods when dry and clean by hand.

Envy Soybean
Days to Emerge: ?
Days to Harvest: 75-85
Short-season variety.
Self-pollinating. Save seeds from plants that ripen first and are free of disease. Harvest when seedpods are dry, crush in sack, and winnow seeds from the chaff.

King of the North Pepper
Days to Emerge: up to 14
Days to Harvest: 70
Sweet flavour. 14-20 large red fruits per plant.
Cross-pollinates with other peppers. Select peppers that are ripe, fully coloured, and show no signs of disease to save for seed. Remove seeds from core and place on paper plate to dry.

Listada de Gandia Eggplant
Days to Emerge: ?
Days to Harvest: 80-90
Heavy yields.
Cross-pollinates with other eggplants. Let fruits grow far past maturity (seeds are easier to remove from overripe fruits). Seeds are brown and located in bottom of fruit.

Aurora Pepper
Days to Emerge: up to 14
Days to Harvest: 60-75
Container variety. Medium heat.
Cross-pollinates with other peppers. Select peppers that are ripe, fully coloured, and show no signs of disease to save for seed. Remove seeds from core and place on paper plate to dry.

Summer Crookneck Squash
Days to Emerge: ?
Days to Harvest: 60
Best eaten when 5”-6” long, before bumps appear.
Cross-pollinates with other squash of the same species. Seeds should be taken from fruits that have gone past maturity by 3 weeks. Remove seeds, wash, and let dry.

Cheyenne Bush Squash
Days to Emerge: ?
Days to Harvest: 80-90
Early bush pumpkin, useful for small gardens or large pots. High yields of 5-8 pound pumpkins.
Cross-pollinates with other squash of the same species. Seeds should be taken from fruits that have gone past maturity by 3 weeks. Remove seeds, wash, and let dry.

Ailsa Craig Onion
Days to Emerge: ?
Days to Harvest: 100
Averages 2 pounds, keeps well.
Biennial. Cross-pollinates. Select only the best bulbs for seed. Store at 32-45 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-6 months. Plant bulbs and allow them to form seed heads. When heads start to dry, cut off, dry further, and thresh.

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4 Responses to Seeds Say What?

  1. You are way more ambitious than I was when I started indoor vegetable gardening (I poked some seeds into soil and waited). I plan to plant basil 'Genovese' together with my tomatoes since it's said to keep away white flies. Maybe a tip.

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  2. Wow. "ambitious" is just the word for it, and might I add - delicious!

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  3. Amazing list and great info. I will have to add some of these herbs and veggies to my garden.

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  4. LoL, ambitious? Maybe. But mostly just obsessed. :-D

    Delicious? MOST DEFINITELY!

    My next list like this will be recipes. Tons and tons of recipes! I can't wait to eat, chow down, and dig into these plants.

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