Harvesthyme Vegetables & Herbs - Fernlea Flowers

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Fresh, healthy, local!

We offer an extensive line of more than 120 popular vegetable and herb varieties. Most of our transplants are available in biodegradable pots that can be planted in the garden and will decompose.

Rosemary

rosemary
Features

Perennial herb in warmer climates. Rosemary has small, extremely aromatic and flavourful leaves that have a distinctive pungent flavour. It produces blue-green needle-like foliage, and small, blue, delicate flowers.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained, even sandy, more dry than moist. Soak when soil dries.

Spacing

Space .6-1m (2-3') apart.

Height

Grows .6-2m (2-6') in height.

Garden Use

Best in containers. Can also be used in herb and flower gardens.

Growing Tips

Requires adequate air circulation. Benefits from cactus soil and perlite. Be sure to plant well after last frost. Feed with slow release fertilizer at time of planting and again in early summer. Very cold tolerant.

Culinary Use

Used in Mediterranean dishes, barbecue dishes, stews, vegetables, sauces, marinades and bread. The leaves and the flowers are edible. Rosemary is fragrant and has a delicious taste. Rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin B.

Rubin Basil

rubin-basil
Features

Prized for its dark red, leafy stems and pretty pink blooms. This great herb basil has a stronger, spicier flavour than sweet basil and reddish-purple leaves, creating a unique look in salads.

Light

Full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained, rich soil. Water as needed all season to keep soil evenly moist, keeping your eye out for the first sign of wilt. Wilting is a sure sign that your basil needs water.

Spacing

Space 45cm (18") apart.

Height

Grows 60-75cm (24-30") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, borders, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Feed with a vegetable fertilizer to ensure your bountiful harvest. To dry, wait until the flowers begin to open, then cut clusters off and hang them upside down turning periodically until dry.

Culinary Use

The flavour of this variety of basil is quite intense, use it sparingly in salads and do not choose this particular variety when a large quantity of basil is needed, such as for making pesto. It is perfect to add to a salad for a splash of color and a burst of flavour. Use dried or fresh.

Lavender

two pieces of lavendar
Features

Ornamental herb with aromatic qualities. Used for cosmetics and perfumes. Flowers are borne in whorls. This fragrant plant has gray-green foliage with blue-violet blooms. Durable and drought-resistant.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Prefers well drained but still moist. Water as needed.

Spacing

Space 45cm (18") apart.

Height

Grows 50-60cm (20-24") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Avoid planting in soggy areas. Thrives in hot humid climate. Benefits from organic materials such as compost. Avoid soils with high PH balance.

Culinary Use

Produces honey. Flowers are typically candied as cake decorations. Used in baked goods, desserts and French cuisine. Sometimes paired with sheep and goat-milk cheeses. Also used for aroma sachets and potpourri. Lavender gives off a beautiful scent.

Lemon Balm

lemon balm bushel
Features

Perennial herb in the mint family. Has a slight lemon scent and flavour. Blooms small white flowers in late summer.

Light

Plant in part shade.

Soil & Water

Sandy, well drained soil with low acidity level. Water as needed.

Spacing

Space 45cm (18") apart.

Height

Grows 60-90cm (24-36") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Requires consistently moist soil. Water regularly.

Culinary Use

Used for flavor in ice cream and herbal teas. Use dried leaves for seasoning.

Mint

mint bushel
Features

Very easy to grow, and will spread readily. The leaves may be a dark green to purple color, often streaked with darker color. Chocolate mint has a strong minty aroma which has a faint hint of chocolate.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Best in fertile, humus-rich well drained soil. Water as needed.

Spacing

Space 60cm (24") apart.

Height

Grows 60cm (24") in height.

Garden Use

Best in containers, as it spreads quickly. Can be used as an herb ground cover.

Growing Tips

Pinch back to keep the plant growing evenly.

Culinary Use

Use chocolate mint in desserts; it can be added to sorbets and cakes. Dried leaves can be used for tea.

Oregano

oregano bushel with two leaves off to the left
Features

Aromatic perennial herb with oval, dark green when fresh, light green when dried. The herb is stronger dried than fresh. Small white flowers.

Light

Plant in full sun to part shade.

Soil & Water

Average, well drained, sandy. Keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 45cm (18") apart.

Height

Grows 60cm (24") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Cut it back several times during the growing season to harvest the leaves from the stems.

Culinary Use

Used in Greek and Italian dishes, sauces, pizza, egg dishes, breads and marinades. Soups and salads. Also compliments beef and lamb stews.

Cilantro

cilantro wrapped in elastic
Features

An annual or biennial herb. Stemmy, aromatic and flavorful leaves. The seeds are called coriander and have a citrus flavor.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Prefers fertile, well drained but still moist. Keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 30-45cm (12-18") apart.

Height

Grows 60cm (24") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Avoid planting in summer as intense heat causes plant to bolt to seed quickly. Extremely cold hardy.

Culinary Use

Used in sauces, salsa, marinades, Latin-American and Asian cuisine. Use fresh, dried leaves tend to loose their flavour.

Catnip

catnip bushel
Features

Member of the mint family. Light green in color with a slightly furry texture with scalloped edges on leaves. Small lavender flowers. Scentless to humans but known for its behavioural effects on cats.

Light

Plant in part shade.

Soil & Water

Well drained but keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 30-45cm (12-18") apart.

Height

Grows 45-90cm (18-36") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, borders, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Expose young plants to full sun once sprouted. Do not allow them to dry out.

Culinary Use

Used in some teas.

Chamomile

chamomile bushel
Features

Light green, smooth, multi-branched stems and finely divided, feathery leaves. Flowers are daisy-like, small with a yellow, solitary, central disk and white ray flowers along the edge.

Maturity

30 to 60 days.

Light

Full sun but tolerant to moderate shade.

Soil & Water

Well drained, light soil. Water on regular basis, taking care not to over water.

Spacing

Space 30-45cm (12-18") apart.

Height

Grows 15-30cm (6-12") in height.

Garden Use

Not recommended for container gardening. Use in gardens and flower beds. Growing to a height of 60cm (24”) or more, it is a good choice for borders and along walkways.

Growing Tips

Chamomile is known to attract bees, butterflies or birds and has fragrant blossoms. Prefers cool weather, sow in early spring and again in late summer.

Culinary Use

Used to make chamomile tea, and used in medicinal treatments.

Chives

chives wrapped in elastic
Features

Large, thick-leafed variety that’s better for freezing or drying than regular chives. Mild flavour.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained, nutrient rich soil. Keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 20-30cm (8"-12") apart.

Height

Grows 30cm (12") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Chives thrive in any fast-draining garden loam. Amend soil for growing chives with 2” of good garden compost or composted manure, and improve drainage in clay soils by adding coarse sand, perlite, or fine gravel or lava rock.

Culinary Use

Snip leaves and chop finely to add to soups, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, and pasta dishes. Chop and add to softened butter to put on baked potatoes.

Dill

dill bushel
Features

Dwarf dill with ornamental dark green ferny leaves and bright yellow-green flowers. An improved variety of dill, which is more compact. The big flower heads of dill are one of the best nectar sources for beneficial insects in the garden.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Rich, well-drained soil. Water as needed.

Spacing

Space 30cm (12") apart.

Height

Grows 45-60cm (18-24") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Continues to be a favourite for its garden performance and the fact that it offers a lot of foliage. It is also slower to set seed than ordinary dill varieties, which means that you can harvest foliage longer.

Culinary Use

As the flowers appear, you can harvest the dill seed for making dill pickles or other dishes calling for dill seed. Dill leaves or seeds are used in the cooking of many cultures around the world.

Lemon Grass

lemon grass
Features

This herb has aromatic grass-like leaves. Produces light gray-green leaves with a lemony scent and flavour. Wispy, white flower heads are an added bonus.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Prefers moist and nutrient rich soil. Water as needed.

Spacing

Space 60-90cm (24"-36") apart.

Height

Grows 60-90cm (24-36") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Plant after last frost in spring or in fall. Perennial in zones 8 to 11. Plant where the scent can be enjoyed.

Culinary Use

Use leaves and stems in Asian dishes. Fresh leaves lend a lemony taste to foods. Flavour intensifies the longer you cook it. Use lemon grass fresh, dry it, or freeze it.

Parsley

parsley bushel
Features

Biennial herb with tightly coiled bright green leaves. Crispy texture and fresh taste.

Light

Plant in part shade.

Soil & Water

Prefers well drained, loamy soil, rich in nitrogen. Keeps soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 30cm (12") apart.

Height

Grows 60cm (24") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, borders, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Do not cover seeds as exposure to light is necessary for germination. Sow thinly and grow on the dry side.

Culinary Use

Used as a garnish. Key ingredient in tabbouleh. Typically used in salads and French cuisine. High source of iron.

Peppermint

peppermint bushel
Features

A hybrid mint with tall smooth stems, square in cross section. Dark green, aromatic leaves with reddish veins with attractive lilac pink blooms. Leaves and stems are typically slightly hairy.

Light

Full sun, will tolerate some shade.

Soil & Water

Well drained, moist but not wet. Water as needed.

Spacing

Space 30-60cm (12-24") apart.

Height

Grows 30-60cm (12-24") in height.

Garden Use

Best in containers to prevent spreading but can be used in herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Mint is an aggressive plant, sending runners above and just under the ground. Being a hybrid, it is ususally sterile, producing no seeds.

Culinary Use

Typically used as a garnish. Often used for flavouring vinegars or jellies used with meat such as lamb. Also used in teas and desserts.

Sage

sage bushel
Features

Small perennial evergreen subshrub in mint family. Has woody stems and visually interesting patterned gray leaves with attractive blue-lavender flowers blooming in summer.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Light, well drained alkaline soil. Tolerant to dry soil. Keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 60cm (24") apart, sage likes room to grow.

Height

Grows 30-90cm (12-36") in height.

Garden Use

Best in containers. Suitable for herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Sage can become woody as it matures. Replace in the garden every 2 years.

Culinary Use

Known for its peppery flavour. Used in marinades for fatty meats, cheeses. Also used as flavouring in beverages, sauces, soups, and sausage. Generally more flavourful fresh than dried. Try sage tea.

Spearmint

spearmint bushel
Features

Fast growing and widespread herb with either hairy or hairless stems and foliage. Known for its pointed leaf tips. Savoury spearmint flavour.

Light

Plant in partial shade.

Soil & Water

Moist, rich well-drained soil. Keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 45cm (18") apart.

Height

Grows 60cm (24") in height.

Garden Use

Spreading plant is best in containers.

Growing Tips

Tolerates light frost. Keep plants in check by harvesting the tips regularly and weeding out unwanted stems.

Culinary Use

Used for hot and cold beverages such as tea, mojito and lemondade. Also used in soups, salads, as well as compliments to meat dishes. Better used fresh.

Stevia

stevia bushel
Features

Called sweet leaf for the very sweet taste of its leaves. Leaves are 20-30 times sweeter than sugar cane. An herb member of the chrysanthemum family that is native to parts of Brazil, where it grows wild as a small shrub.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Moist, rich well-drained soil. Keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 45cm (18") apart.

Height

Grows 30cm (12") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Wait until after all danger of frost is passed before planting.

Culinary Use

Use the fresh leaves during the growing season to sweeten tea. The sweetness in the leaves is approximately one-fourth as concentrated as the white, powdered stevia that you buy. When sweetening with powdered leaves, use about 1/8 teaspoon of dried stevia to equal the sweetness of 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Tarragon

tarragon bushel
Features

Strongly aromatic and flavourful, dark-green leaves, small white flowers. Anise flavoured leaves.

Light

Plant in partial shade.

Soil & Water

Well drained, nutrient rich soil, on the dry side. Allow soil to dry between waterings.

Spacing

Space 30-40cm (12-15") apart.

Height

Grows 60-90cm (24-36") in height.

Garden Use

Herb garden or other sunny bed; planted more for flavour than aesthetic use.

Growing Tips

French tarragon spreads to make a mass of stems and works well in containers where it will not trail, but spill over the edge of a pot. Also likes the drainage pots provide. Containers help keep the foliage dry, too, which really helps in humid climates. Cold hardy to zone 4.

Culinary Use

A traditional seasoning with eggs, poultry, salads, cheese, and fish.

Thyme

thyme bushel
Features

Aromatic low growing herb that can sometimes become woody. Typically grows as a sub-shrub. Blooms white-yellow flowers.

Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained, rich soil. Keep soil evenly moist.

Spacing

Space 30cm (12") apart.

Height

Grows 30-40cm (12-15") in height.

Garden Use

Containers, borders, herb and flower beds.

Growing Tips

Avoid soggy soil as it will rot the plant. Avoid over-nursing as it will make the plant less hardy.

Culinary Use

When in doubt, use thyme. Used in eggs, cheeses, sauces, stews, stuffings, meats and poultry. Also used in soups and salads.

Tomato

bright red tomatoes with slice exposed
Varieties

Beefsteak Red, Better Boy, Biltmore, Brandywine, Celebrity, Early Girl, Fantastico, Husky Cherry Red, La Roma, Lemon Boy, Rutgers, San Marzano, Super Sweet 100, Sweet Million, Tidy Treat, Yellow Pear

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained, moist soil. A time release fertilizer is recommended with a pH of 5.5 to 7. Water as needed.

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Garden Use

Vegetable garden or raised garden beds.

Growing Tips

Planting depth: bury 2/3 of the plant. Plant tomatoes after threats of frost have passed. Plant your tomatoes quite deep into the ground. The deeper you root your plants, the stronger they will be as they grow. Tomatoes thrive best when they are grown around chives, onions, parsley, marigolds, nasturtiums, carrots or garlic. Avoid planting tomato plants by cabbages and the potato family.

Culinary Use

Sandwiches, especially when you need a thick, juicy slice. Also can be used for cooking or freezing.

Peppers

bright red peppers with large green stems
Varieties

Baron Red Bell, Cajun Bell, Cal Wonder, Carmen, Cayenne, El Jefe, Flavorburst, Habanero, Hungarian Hot, Hungarian Sweet, Orange Blaze, Super Shepherd

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained. Prepare your soil with compost, manure and a fertilizer with a pH of 5.6 to 7.5. Well drained soil is very important. Avoid planting in compact soil. Water as needed.

Spacing

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Height

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Plants thrive in weather temperatures of 60F (15C) and higher. Be careful of frost in the morning and evening. Cover your plants accordingly. Average water needs, water regularly but do not overwater. Mulching in raised beds and floating row covers can be an advantage to help young plants stay warm in the early spring where the weather is cool. Mulching also helps control the weeds. Make sure your watering is consistent. If watering pattern is irregular, it can harm and affect the plant’s ability to harbour fruit.

Culinary Use

Baron is excellent for eating fresh, roasting, stuffing and grilling.

Beets

beets with green leaf in center
Features

Heirloom variety with bright burgundy foliage and tender, round roots.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

As a root crop, beets thrive in rich, well-worked loam, fed with compost, deeply dug or tilled.

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens, raised garden beds.

Growing Tips

Avoid any risk of frost. Fertilize regularly for best results. Water as needed.

Culinary Use

An excellent addition to salads, pickled beets or cooked vegetables.

Broccoli

pieces of broccoli
Features

Compact plant produces flavourful dark green heads on solid stems. Used primarily for extra early crown cuts in late spring or early summer. Uniform, medium green, deep domed heads with small, tight beads. Offers good heat tolerance as well as cold vigor.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

It is important to have soil rich in organic matter. Grows best with a pH of 6.0 to 7.0, the pH level helps prevent club root disease.

Spacing

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Height

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens and raised garden beds.

Growing Tips

Broccoli grows best in cooler temperatures, between 18 to 26 degrees celsius. Avoid pest problems by keeping your garden clean.

Culinary Use

Rich in vitamins. Use in soups, salads, side dishes, quiche, stir fry and as a garnish. Great snack with dip.

Brussel Sprouts

a few brussel sprouts piled up
Features

Brussels sprouts are a favourite cool season crop. The green sprouts, or ‘mini-cabbages,’ grow along the thick stem.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Provide well-drained, nutrient-rich soil that’s high in organic matter.

Spacing

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Height

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens and raised garden beds.

Growing Tips

Fertilize regularly for best results. Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Typically, established Brussels sprouts need 1-1.5" (2.5-4cm) of water per week, whether supplied through rainfall or irrigation.

Culinary Use

Cooked vegetable. Like its relatives cabbage and broccoli, brussels sprouts are filled with phytonutrients that help the body's natural defense systems protect us against disease. One-half cup of cooked sprouts contains a huge amount of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, both of which play important roles in defending the body against infection and promoting good skin.

Cabbage

head of cabbage
Features

This variety of cabbage yields beautiful red heads of cabbage. The cabbages bring a flavourful and crisp taste to the kitchen. The cabbages are very solid and can withstand cold weather, making it a good variety to grow.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Prefers nutrient rich, moist but not wet.

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Height

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Garden Use

Vegetable garden beds, raised beds. Can be used to add a beautiful ornamental border to gardens.

Growing Tips

Easy to grow and is low maintenance. Keep the plant consistently moist. Good frost tolerance.

Culinary Use

The red cabbage brings a beautiful color addition and accent flavours in salads and slaws. Excellent source of vitamins and minerals.

Kale

kale bushel
Features

A frost resistant selection with dark green, crumpled leaves. Dependable color and texture looks great all season.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Prefers loamy, fertile, well drained soil and cooler temperatures. It will do best in soil with a pH between 5.5 to 6.8.

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Garden Use

In vegetable garden or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Wait until last frost for planting. Add mulch during fall season to reduce weed growth. Harvest as needed. High yielding, cold tolerant. Keep your plants well watered.

Culinary Use

Kale is packed with powerful phytonutrients, minerals and fiber. Excellent raw in salads and used cooked, steamed or boiled, in many dishes and recipes.

Squash

cut up squash exposing the centre
Features

A nothern New England favourite. Produces approximately 3 to 4 fruits per plant.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained soil, mix a 3" (7cm) layer of compost with timed release organic matter and a pH of 5.6 to 7.5. Water as needed.

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Insects and vine borers can be a problem. Use the appropriate insecticides recommended by your garden centre. Large bugs and eggs can be picked by hand.

Culinary Use

Used in soups, baking, pies or sides.

Strawberries

two red strawberries with green stems
Features

A Heirloom variety, this French type strawberry has smaller berries and a distinct flavour and aroma. Neat, bushy runnerless plants bear delicious red berries. Grow as an annual or perennial.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Best in rich, moist, well-drained soil containing plenty of organic matter. Water frequently until plants are growing vigorously. Watering is very important in early summer and September.

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens or raised beds. Excellent edging, border or container variety.

Growing Tips

Apply a light mulch to keep weeds down, conserve moisture and keep fruit clean. Fertilize beds in early summer and again in September with a balanced fertilizer. Do not fertilize if plants are flowering. Note that June-bearing plants produce the second year after planting. Cut all runners off during the first year, leave 2-3 runners the second year.

Culinary Use

Used in deserts, fresh or for jam.

Cauliflower

some pieces of cauliflower
Features

This variety is a classic cauliflower with hearty flavour and dense, crisp fine texture that gardeners and gourmets love. Big, vigorous, uniform plants produce brilliant white, deeply domed heads. Terrific holding ability.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Needs a very nutrient rich soil with lots of organic matter, the pH soil should be around 6.5 to 6.8 to maximize growth and deter clubroot.

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Garden Use

Vegetable garden beds, raised beds.

Growing Tips

Wrapping leaves provide shielding from sun and cold, allowing gardeners north and south to grow this Amazing variety. Tolerant to both heat and cold stress.

Culinary Use

Salads, soups, side dishes. Also very good raw with dips.

Cucumbers

two cucumbers laid on top of each other
Features

A pickling cucumber with crisp, sweet flavour and excellent heat tolerance. High yielding plant.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained, moist soil. A soil pH between 6.1 to 6.5 is recommended.

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Garden Use

Plant in containers, vegetable gardens or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Plant in hills.

Culinary Use

Delicious eaten fresh, in salads or pickled.

Eggplant

eggplant
Features

Tender, tasty, puplish-black fruit. Highly nutritional. Setting the standard for large eggplants, this plant yields about 4 to 6 fruits – however yields more if you keep harvesting. The eggplant turns into a dark black-purple color when its ready to be picked. Very easy to grow.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

It is recommended that the soil is enriched with composted manure and time released nutrients. Well drained soil is best.

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Garden Use

Plant in vegetable garden or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Keeping the plant well watered will sweeten the fruit and prevent the fruit from being bitter.

Culinary Use

Excellent breaded, fried, stuffed. Can be put on skewers for grilling.

Beans

bushel of beans
Features

String beans or bush beans are second only to tomatoes in many vegetable lovers' eyes. They may very well be the easiest and fastest vegetable to grow, which is why they are a perfect crop for the new gardener. The reason they are ready to pick so quickly is because they are eaten before the bean itself is mature. Both the pod and bean seed should be tender when picked. This is in contrast with shell beans in which the seeds must be completely developed before picking.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

These beans prefer a soil that is a bit on the sandy side, which gives them good drainage. If you have a clay-based soil, mix in compost. Compost can be purchased at your local nursery or garden center.

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens, raised garden beds.

Growing Tips

This variety is easy to grow, has good flavour and high yield. Water regularly as the root system is shallow. Plant a new row of string beans every 10 days to two weeks to create a longer harvest, until it gets too hot. The vines grow upright, no staking is required.

Culinary Use

Green beans are often steamed, boiled, stir-fried or baked in casseroles. Green beans can be frozen, dried or canned.

Bok Choy

bokchoy standing with leaves sitting to the left
Features

Biennial Chinese cabbage grown as an annual, in the same species family as turnips. Leaves are dark green with pale colored stalks.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Prefers well drained soil.

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Garden Use

Herb and vegetable gardens. Flower beds.

Growing Tips

Wait until last frost for planting. Add mulch during fall season to prevent bolting. Harvest as needed.

Culinary Use

Crisp and tender leaves for salads and Oriental dishes. A mild tasting variety, typically used soups, salads and stir-fries. Stalks can be eaten or cooked like celery. Most bok choy can be harvested at different stages. Young leaves are can be used raw in salads. Whole heads of baby bok choy can be braised in butter and/or broth or gently stir-fried.

Cantaloupe

cantelope cut open to expose center
Features

Since the 1920s, this has been a classical favourite with a ribbed, hardy skin which is sometimes referred to as a muskmelon. Known for it's delicious flavour and large size. A large, oval, ribbed cantaloupe with heavy, golden netting. Ribbed netting becomes a golden hue as oval shaped melons mature. Deep orange flesh is very thick with a very tasty sweetness which improves in flavor after picking.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Very well drained, warm soil at least 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). They need constant feeding which includes compost and rotten manure.

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Garden Use

Vegetable garden beds, raised beds.

Growing Tips

You can save space by planting the plant about a foot apart on a trellis that will allow the plant to climb. Plant to the depth of the container.

Culinary Use

Fruit salads, desserts, jams and sauces. Also enjoyed on its own.

Corn

two corn husks with one exposed to show yellow corn
Features

One of the finest super sweet corns you will ever grow! Retains its flavour and tenderness up to 2 weeks longer than other varieties.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained soil, work in aged manure or compost the fall before planting and let over-winter in the soil. Water as needed.

Spacing

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Garden Use

Vegetable garden beds, raised beds.

Growing Tips

Plant to the depth of the container.

Culinary Use

Pair it with protein-rich veggies and legumes to round out a protein-packed plant-based dish.

Edamame

edamame shoots with some pods exposed out of casing
Features

You will be growing a nutritional powerhouse when you plant edamame in your garden. Easy to grow. Also referred to as "green vegetable soybeans".

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Edamame does well in many different soil types. It does best in well drained soil. Work in some mature compost.

Spacing

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Garden Use

Plant in vegetable garden or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Feed regularly.

Culinary Use

Tasty cooked vegetable or use in salads or eat as a snack. Boil fresh in the pod at green stage. After boiling remove beans from pod to eat. Or leave to mature and use as a dry, bright green bean. Exceptional quality and yields.

Lettuce

head of iceberg lettuce cut in half
Features

This is a classical, popular crispy and sweet variety of lettuce that forms a solid head with a nice crunchy texture. The outside leaf is a medium green and crinkled. Cool weather helps the lettuce mature.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained, nutrient rich soil. Prefers well watered soil with lots of organic matter and a pH of 6.0 to 7.0.

Spacing

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Garden Use

In vegetable garden or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Prefers well drained location and sunny position to prevent disease. Water at soil level instead of overhead. Cold tolerant.

Culinary Use

Perfect for salads, garnish.

Melon

cut up melon pieces
Features

This early maturing melon grows on a hardy vine with a high yield of super sweet and tasty fruit. This particular variety of honeydew is great for short growing seasons. The melons have a smooth and creamy colored skin with a sweet rind.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Well drained soil with lots of compost, well rotted manure to ensure drainage and fertility. A pH of 6.0 to 7.0 is recommended.

Spacing

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Garden Use

In vegetable garden or raised beds.

Growing Tips

Choose a place that has full sun and good air circulation. Plant to the depth of the container.

Culinary Use

On its own, desserts, fruit salads.

Onions

red onion with slice exposed
Features

Big, full season red onion. Beautiful red onions that will make you think you’ve climbed the stairway to heaven. When started as a transplant will make large onions with dark red skin.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Prefers soil with good drainage, and they grow best when the soil pH ranges between 6.0 and 6.8. Raised beds or raised rows called furrows made by mounding up soil are ideal, especially if your soil is heavy clay. Onions roots are shallow and not very efficient at taking up moisture, so they need a steady supply of water to grow without interruption. Although they actually recover well from drought and start growing again when watered, it is best to keep the soil consistently moist until the bulbs enlarge.

Spacing

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Garden Use

Vegetable gardens or raised beds or furrows.

Growing Tips

Easy to grow. Plants will appreciate a starter solution of liquid fertilizer after planting. Watch for tiny black onion thrips and aphids, which suck sap from onion leaves. These are hard to see because they hide down in the folds and neck of the leaves. Also weak plants that slowly wilt may be infested with onion root maggots, the larvae of a common fly.

Culinary Use

Delicious in salads, soups, garnish, sides.

Pumpkins

small orange pumpkin with long brown stem at the top
Features

Perfectly proportioned small pumpkins with smooth, deep orange skins and solid, dark green stems. Easy to grip handles.

Maturity

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Light

Plant in full sun.

Soil & Water

Pumpkins grow best in loose, well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic matter, with a soil pH of 6.0 to 7.5. Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of sowing. Pumpkin plants tolerate short periods of hot, dry weather, but it's best to keep them well watered. Regular, even watering keeps vines and fruit growing without interruption.

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