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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

Herb Fennel Flower - a delicate yellow umbel

Grow Your Own Fennel – it gets better all summer!

Posted: July 19, 2016

We tend to grow Florence fennel for its yummy bulbous stem. Pale green and delicately flavored like licorice, this stem is a culinary gem. But did you know that if left to flower and set seed, this same fennel yields a lot of aromatic seeds that can be “put by” for winter use in baking, … Continue reading

Growing big sweet potatoes

5 Tips to Growing Big Sweet Potatoes

Posted: May 15, 2016

Besides being delicious in almost every possible way, sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious veggies we eat. Luckily for us gardeners, they’re also extremely easy to grow! We only need to follow a few key tips and at the end of summer we can harvest enough sweet, juicy big sweet potatoes to last all … Continue reading

Nancy Hall Sweet Potatoes Growing Happily Photo Credit: Slow Food Asheville

Sweet Potato Greens – Eating and Growing

Posted: May 13, 2016

Growing sweet potatoes requires somewhere between 90 and 120 days to harvest. The slips are generally planted in May but are not harvested until just before the first frost. The long growing season is totally justified by the delicious and storable crop you get at the end, but some gardeners with limited space may struggle … Continue reading

Giant Elephant Garlic Stalks produce massive garlic bulbs

How is your Elephant Garlic growing?

Posted: May 11, 2016

My Elephant Garlic I had never grown elephant garlic before, but there were some leftover seed garlic after last year’s Sow True Seed garlic festival in September and I got a few. Subjecting them to my usual “Xtreme gardening” measures, I shoved each seed clove into a patch of the sorriest soil that’s still in … Continue reading

Sweet Potato Slips ready at Sow True Seed

The Sweet Potato Race

Posted: May 3, 2016

Sow True Seed sells a number of seasonal items, including seed potatoes, garlic and sweet potato slips. It can get pretty manic as we receive a large delivery from our farmers and rush to break it down into sizes more suitable for the home garden. Mary, our warehouse manager, is a wizard of organization, and … Continue reading

Rhubarb Stalks Ready for Eating

It’s Time To Get Your Rhubarb On!

Posted: April 12, 2016

If you’ve thought about growing rhubarb but never done it…right now is the perfect time to get started. Right now means, ideally, a cool spring. For rhubarb is a cold-loving plant, able to survive and even thrive in sub-zero temperatures, and in mid-April 2016 the new knobby “crowns,” or growing rootstock, are available for garden … Continue reading

Bradford Watermelon Logo

VIDEO: The Bradford Watermelon Story

Posted: April 7, 2016

This is an excellent and dramatic animation of the history of the Bradford Watermelon! Sow True Seed are extremely excited and honored to be the sole distributors of the Bradford Water Melon and are enjoying working with the Bradford Family. *Note: botanically it is not true that Watermelons will cross with squash, pumpkins and cucumbers. … Continue reading

Tomatillos available at Sow True Seed

Ground or husk cherries – all you need to know!


Many are familiar with the whimsical papery “lanterns” of Physalis alkekengi, a plant commonly known as Chinese lanterns.  The pendant red lanterns brighten gardens and make wonderful additions to cut flower arrangements. But did you know that other species of Physalis are grown not for aesthetics, but for the tasty fruits found inside those papery … Continue reading

Cilantro is a great cool weather herb

Cilantro Just Gets Better

Posted: March 29, 2016

Did you ever try growing cilantro, only to have it bolt quickly to seed? After all, the rap on cilantro is: “It just bolts.” So what! I say, let it bolt. Cilantro is a great friend in my garden because I have let it do its own thing for several years in a row now, … Continue reading

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