I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Mary Washington Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis Asparagus is a member of the lily family and is one of the first vegetables ready to harvest in the spring. It originated near the Mediterranean Sea and was considered a delicacy by the ancient Greeks.
Mary Washington is a very strong growing and productive strain producing long, thick spears in May and June depending on your season. A rust resistant variety. Fresh or suitable for freezing.
Sow outdoors in mid spring in a rich, loose seed bed. It is recommend that you soak the seeds for 48 hours in warm water before sowing 2in deep, 3in apart in rows 12in apart. Germination is slow so be patient. Seeds can also be started in the greenhouse or kitchen.
Really think about where your asparagus will go because most beds can last from 20 to 30 years. For this reason, asparagus should be planted at the side or end of the garden, where it will not be disturbed by normal year to year cultivation. It is also wise to really prepare this bed well because you will want to leave it undisturbed for a few seasons till it establishes.
1929 Steele Briggs Seed Co. says... "A Rust-resisting Asparagus. Marvelously productive. The most vigorous of all existing kinds. Yields a crop two years ahead of all other varieties; rust-resistant; largest, sweetest, most tender, and succulent shoots. We strongly recommend this variety for planting in the home-garden or on the farm."
Asparagus has been grown in American gardens since the earliest settlements were established. However, it was not until after 1850-1860 that asparagus was planted commercially.
"My urine smells funny after eating asparagus"! Asparagus is filled with sulfur-containing amino acids that break down during digestion into six sulfur-containing compounds. These can impart a unique smell to urine as they are excreted. "It's the same sulfur group that makes skunks smell," said Barbara Hodges, a dietitian with Boston University's nutrition clinic, the Evans Nutrition Group.
I purchased several types of seeds this year from Sustainable Seed company, but started only the asparagus inside. Despite soaking them beforehand, use of a heat mat, and extra light, it took over two weeks for them to germinate, but once they did, I would estimate the germination rate at 90%. Very happy with these seeds. Unfortunately, it will be 2-3 years before I can tell you whether the asparagus grows well, and a lot of that is up to me.