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Starting Peppers and Eggplants from Seed

Posted: February 23, 2017

Peppers (both hot and sweet) and Eggplants are two crops from the Solanaceae family that have similar seed starting characteristics and are generally started around the same time. They are both frost sensitive annuals which require a fairly long and hot growing season. For this reason, they are starting indoors under controlled conditions and then … Continue reading

The Seven Steps to Microgreen Success

Posted: February 2, 2017

Growing microgreens is an easy year round activity that requires low input and super tasty outputs. This article will walk you through the seven steps for growing microgreens successfully at home. You’ll need a small amount of soil (I use an sterile, organic potting mix), some USDA Organic Seeds, and a growing container. Somewhere warm … Continue reading

Pre-order Spring Seasonals

Posted: January 24, 2017

Pre-Order Spring Seasonals Grow Rhubarb Rhubarb is a tasty perennial that prefers slightly cooler growing conditions (great for us in the mountains of WNC). Read the Growing Guide HERE. We expect Rhubarb by the end of February/beginning of March. Pre-order Rhubarb Crowns Grow Asparagus Asparagus is a crop worth investing the time to establish in your … Continue reading

Arugula Sprouting Winter Green in Asheville NC

The Joys of Arugula

Posted: January 18, 2017

The little leafy green called arugula, or rocket, is really much more versatile than just for salads. I grow a little patch of cold-loving arugula outside my kitchen door, and when I need a quick parsley substitute…there it is. When I need a handful of tender greens to add to a soup or stew…there it … Continue reading

Red Russian Kale growing from seed in oval beds

Growing Winter Kale

Posted: November 8, 2016

…and kale can take your garden right through the next spring and perhaps summer as well. This super-hardy, easy-to-grow leafy vegetable can tolerate a range of temperatures but it really loves cool weather. To my surprise and delight, after I planted a packet of dinosaur kale seeds (Lacinato), sometimes called black kale, in the late … Continue reading

Cherokee Tomato Seed Saving preparation

Seed Cleaning Techniques for Seed Saving

Posted: November 7, 2016

In order to successfully store the seeds you harvest, they must be cleaned thoroughly first. There are two categories of seed cleaning techniques based on whether the mature seeds are borne in wet structures or basically dry on the plant. Wet processing is a 3-step process used to clean seeds that are enclosed in the … Continue reading

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The Season of (seed) Giving is upon us!

Posted: October 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE Release Oct 20th 2016 Media Contact Chris Smith 828-254-0708 The Season of (seed) Giving is upon us! Sow True Seed holds some counter-intuitive beliefs in your traditional profit-driven capitalistic culture! They have a set of intentions that guide their business practice beyond the simple profit motive. One of these intentions is Seed … Continue reading

Fall Greens from Nan Chase

Fall Gardening Know How (Part III): Greens

Posted: August 18, 2016

With the first official day of fall just a month away, many gardeners are looking forward to the changing season and a reprieve from the heat and pests of summer. While gardening in cooler temperatures under the azure sky of fall, my attitude improves as I slow down and spend more time pondering my garden. … Continue reading

Early Wonder Beets Freshly Harvested

Fall Gardening Know How, Part II: Root Crops

Posted: August 5, 2016

Earthy. Sweet. Pungent. Sifting through gardening blogs and seed catalogs, these are some of the many adjectives used to wax poetic about the flavors of root vegetables. If asked about their importance to modern cuisine, a chef would likely add versatile and nutritious to their description. Root vegetables like beets and rutabagas can be steamed … Continue reading

Romenesco Broccoli on a Table

Fall Gardening Know How (Part I): Growing Brassicas

Posted: July 22, 2016

Brassica oleracea. Some forms of this amazingly diverse species are prized for their large leaves, others their swollen stems or clusters of unopened flower heads. Think broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. Known collectively as the brassicas, these descendants of a wild Mediterranean plant all thrive in cool temperatures. Fall is a particularly … Continue reading

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