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6 Vegetable Seeds to Plant in Winter

Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Winter.

Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in Winter.

1. Asparagus

Asparagus prefer an open, sunny site. Do not grow asparagus in a spot where you have previously grown asparagus to avoid build-up of diseases. Sow the seeds approximately ½ inch (13 mm) deep. It takes about 3 weeks for asparagus seeds to germinate. To hasten germination, soak the seed for 48 hours in water prior to planting.

Mary Washington Asparagus plants are perennials and can easily produce for up to 20 years.

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is an annual, cool-season crop, which is hardy to frost and light freezes. Sow cabbage seeds 2½ feet apart, with 12 to 16 inches between plants. Do not grow cabbage in the same site that you grew cabbages last year.

Cabbage – Savoy Perfection seeds produce a large drumhead-type cabbage that has finely-wrinkled, savoyed leaves.

3. Chicory

Sow chicory seeds thinly ½ in (1 cm) deep in rows, 12 in (30cm) apart in an open site. Soil should be fertile and free draining. The seeds take about 2 weeks to germinate. Do not allow the plants to dry out as they may go to seed. Therefore, water well and keep the soil free from weeds.

Verona Red Chicory produces round and red cabbage like heads.

4. Mizuna

Mizuna seeds are quick to germinate, usually within four to eight days. Plant seeds ¼ inch deep in your garden bed, spaced 1 inch apart. Thin them apart to 6 inches later on to achieve full-sized heads of mizuna. Mizuna grows best in sunny spots that receive 3 to 4 hours of direct sunlight a day in well-drained soil.

Mizuna mustard is a vigorous grower, which produces numerous stalks bearing dark green, deeply cut and fringed leaves. This variety is highly resistant to cold and grows well during the winter months.

5. Leeks

Sow leek seeds thinly ½ in (1 cm) deep in rows 6 in (15cm) apart. To o increase the length of white stem, leeks can be blanched by gently drawing up dry soil around the stem in stages. However, ensure that soil does not fall between the leaves.

Leek – Large American Flag is very hardy and will overwinter in milder climates. The 7 to 9 inch stems blanch snowy white and are topped with blue-green leaves resemble giant scallions.

6. Cress

Cress can be grown indoors and outdoors. If growing outdoors, cress should be planted in shade or semi-shade in a moist, well-drained sandy to loamy soil. If growing indoors, cress can be grown on a cotton ball in a bottle.

Sprouts – Upland Cress is very easy and quick to grow, requiring very little space.

To ensure your success in planting these seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.

What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Winter?

Here are some of our suggestions of seed packs which you could try growing.

The Fall/Winter Harvest Seed Bank includes a collection of all the seeds you need to grow your favorite fall and winter crops. These seeds thrive in cold weather and are extremely hardy. 
The All-in-One Fall & Winter Season Variety Pack includes a collection of all the seeds you need to grow your favorite fall and winter crops, including arugula, basil, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrot, cauliflower, cilantro/coriander, mustard, kale, lettuce, onion, radish & spinach.  
The All-In-One Root Crop Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 popular varieties including beet, carrot, radish, rutabaga, turnip and parsnip.
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6 Vegetable Seeds to Plant in Fall

Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Autumn.

Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in Autumn.

1. Broccoli

Sow broccoli seeds ¼ to ½ inch (6 to 13 mm) deep in good quality soil or potting mix. Leave 12 inches (30 cm) between plants and 18 inches (45 cm) between rows. Plant broccoli seeds far apart as closer spacing will reduce the number of side shoots formed.

Broccoli – Calabrese produces a short, 24 inch plant with medium-large heads. It withstands cold well and is best used for a fall crop.

2. Brussel Sprouts

Sow broccoli seeds ¼ to ½ inch (6 to 13 mm) deep in good quality soil or potting mix. Plant broccoli seeds far apart as coser spacing will reduce the number of side shoots formed. Allow 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) between plants and 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) between rows. If started indoors, they must be hardened off 7 to 10 days before transplanting.

Brussels Sprouts – Long Island Catskill produces miniature cabbage-like heads which are extremely tasty and nutritious in 90 to 120 days.

3. Cauliflower

Cauliflower take up quite a bit of space, need rich, deep soil and need plenty of watering, just like broccoli. Sow cauliflower seeds ¼ to ½ inch (6 to 13 mm) deep in good quality soil or potting mix. Plant cauliflower seeds far apart as coser spacing will reduce the number of side shoots formed. Allow 12 inches (30 cm) between plants and 18 inches (45 cm) between rows.

Cauliflower – Snowball/Self-blanche (White) produces flavorful snow ball type cauliflower in 65 days.

4. Mustard

Mustard green seeds can be planted 3 weeks before the last frost date. Plant the seeds just under the soil about ½ inch (13 mm) apart. After seedlings have sprouted, they may be thinned to 3 inches (7.5 cm apart). Grow them in full sun or partial shade and provide plenty of water during growing season.

Mustard – Old Fashion is super easy to grow and produces good yields of flavorful dark green mustard leaves in 45 days.

5. Pumpkin

Pumpkins need space to grow, a sunny position, moisture-retentive soil and shelter from cold wind. Make individual planting pockets in the soil with depth and width of a spade and 6 ft (1.8 m) apart. Fill the pockets with compost or manure before planting one seed in each pocket. Keep pumpkins well-watered.

Pumpkin – Jack O’ Lantern is a popular pumpkin variety that produces 10 pound fruits that are thick walled, and smooth skinned, round to slightly oblong.

The thick flesh is good for cooking, but really shines as a carving pumpkin.

6. Snow Peas

Snow peas are easy to grow in fall because they are frost-hardy. Plant snow peas seeds about 1 to 1½ inches (2.5 to 3.5 cm) deep and 1 inch (2.5 cm)  apart, with 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm) between rows. Do not plant snow peas in direct sunlight.

Pea, Oregon Giant has unusually large, thick pods that grow up to 5″ long. The vines grow 30-36 inches tall and are heavy producers making this variety one of the best producing snow peas available.

To ensure your success in planting these seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.

What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Fall?

Here are some of our suggestions of seed packs which you could try growing.

The Fall/Winter Harvest Seed Bank includes a collection of all the seeds you need to grow your favorite fall and winter crops. These seeds thrive in cold weather and are extremely hardy. 
The All-in-One Fall & Winter Season Variety Pack includes a collection of all the seeds you need to grow your favorite fall and winter crops, including arugula, basil, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrot, cauliflower, cilantro/coriander, mustard, kale, lettuce, onion, radish & spinach.  
The All-In-One Root Crop Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 popular varieties including beet, carrot, radish, rutabaga, turnip and parsnip.
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6 Vegetable Seeds to Plant in Summer

Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Summer.

Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in summer.

1. Zucchini or Squash

Plant zucchini or squash seeds when the temperature of the soil outdoors is at least 55 °F (13 °C). Plant zucchini seeds about an inch or 2.5 cm below the soil surface and around 3 to 4 inches apart. Thin them as they grow. Zucchini plants love full sun.

Buy It Now: The Black Beauty Squash is one of the most popular varieties on the market as it produces a dark green, glossy fruit, which is long, straight & slender with excellent flavor.

2. Lettuce

You may grow lettuce in both spring and summer. Plant lettuce seeds about an inch or 2.5 cm below the soil surface. Keep the soil moist but not over-watered. It is also a good idea to plant chives and garlic between your lettuce rows as they can provide protection against aphids.

Buy It Now: Lettuce Summer Bibb is a compact butterhead-type lettuce. It produces good yields of medium size greens with maturity period of 55 days.

3. Tomato

Tomatoes love plenty of regular sun, heat, food and water to produce sweet, juicy fruits. They don’t mind being transplanted, so it’s ok to scatter seeds in the vegetable garden bed and cover them lightly with soil. Space tomato seeds apart when they are big enough and stake them.

Buy It Now: Tomato, Ace55 is one of the most popular varieties chose by vegetable gardeners looking for a tomato with low-acidity. It is also known to be tolerant to diseases such as Verticillium and Fusarium.

4. Carrot

Carrots prefer loose well-worked soil as they are root vegetables. Ensure that there are no rocks or other obstructions that might prevent them from growing well. Sow the seeds about ¼ of an inch deep, an inch or two apart. Keep the seeds moist. To prevent the carrots tasting too woody, keep them well-watered throughout growing season.

Buy It Now: Danvers carrot outperforms all other carrots in heavier soils. They grow to 7 long and 2″ thick with thickly tapered ends. They are tender and very sweet. Just keep them consistently watered and they’ll be happy.

5. Turnip

Turnips can be sown throughout the summer. The smaller turnips can be grown in early summer for salads while main crop turnips can be grown later and harvested all the way up to winter.

Buy It Now: Turnip, Golden Globe provides beautiful and delicious turnips with white/golden color and amazing flavor. 

6. Bok Choy (Pac Choi) or Chinese Cabbage

Bok Choy (Pac Choi) or Chinese Cabbage likes to be planted in well-worked, well-drained but moisture retentive soil rich in organic matter. Plant it in rows 2.5 feet apart, with 12 to 16 inches between plants. 

Buy It Now: Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choy (White Stem) is a very popular Chinese non-heading Cabbage variety which is tender, crisp and mild.

To ensure your success in planting these vegetable seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.

What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Summer?

Here are some of our suggestions of seed packs which you could try growing.

Buy It Now: Spring/Summer Seed consists of 100% non-genetically modified seeds and everything you need to grow them. Over 20 popular varieties are included eg. basil, chives, cucumber, eggplant, melon, peas, bell peppers, lettuce, spinach, squash, watermelon and tomatoes.
Buy It Now: The All-In-One Root Crop Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 popular varieties including beet, carrot, radish, rutabaga, turnip and parsnip.

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Buy It Now: The Urban Leaf Mini Fruit & Vegetable Garden Kit comes with absoultely everything you need to get growing immediately. The kit comes with strawberry, tomato and bell pepper seeds.

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6 Vegetable Seeds to Plant in Spring

Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Spring.

Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in spring.

1. Kale

Plant kale seeds about an inch or 2.5 cm below the soil surface. Water kale plants regularly. Protect the roots from frost by applying mulch.

Kale, Blue Curled Scotch is excellent in salads or steamed. The blue-green leaves are finely curled and reach up to 12-15″ tall!

2. Lettuce

Plant lettuce seeds about an inch or 2.5 cm below the soil surface. Keep the soil moist at all times without over-watering. Protect the roots from frost by applying mulch. Consider planting chives and garlic between your lettuce rows as they can provide protection against aphids.

Lettuce, White Boston (Butterhead) produces good yields of a light green compact butter-head type lettuce.

3. Cucumber

It is possible to plant cucumber seeds indoors. Cucumber plants do not like being transplanted. Therefore plant them into biodegradable starter pots or directly into the garden a few weeks after the last spring frost.

Cucumber – Space Master Plant has short vines, so it is an extremely compact cucumber plant which produces excellent yields of delicious green cucumbers.

4. Spinach

Spinach seeds can withstand frost. This means it is possible to plant spinach seeds earlier in spring. As spinach seedlings don’t transplant well, it’s best to plant them directly in the ground in early spring. 

Spinach – America will produce a beautiful dark green plant in only 40 days with excellent flavor.

5. Bell Pepper or Capsicum

Plant capsicum or bell pepper seeds into the garden in late spring. Plant them indoors in early spring. Keep them warm as they are growing. Finally, transplant outdoors when the weather is warmer.

Pepper – California Wonder produces large yields of blocky, mostly 4 lobed, thick-walled fruit that is mild and sweet in 75 days.

6. Egg Plant or Aubergine

Aubergine or egg plant seeds are versatile and are happy growing in pots or the garden. Plant the seeds indoors about 8 to 12 weeks. Then transplant the seedlings into the garden when the soil is warmer.

Eggplant – Long Purple Italian is an all-time classic favorite eggplant produces club shaped fruits that are 10″ long x  2″ in diameter.

To ensure your success in planting these vegetable seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.

What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Spring?

Here are some of our suggestions for variety packs which you could try growing.

Spring/Summer Seed consists of 100% non-genetically modified seeds and everything you need to grow them. Over 20 popular varieties are included eg. basil, chives, cucumber, eggplant, melon, peas, bell peppers, lettuce, spinach, squash, watermelon and tomatoes.
Lettuce & Leafy Greens Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 most individually-packaged seed varieties, including kale, lettuce, argula, collard, endive, mustard & spinach.
Cucumber Garden Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 popular varieties that are proven to grow extremely well using the Tower Garden system. Seeds include broccolini, cauliflower, chives, endive, kale, lettuce, mustard, spinach, green pea, wheatgrass and swiss chard.
All-In-One Hydroponic Garden Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 most individually-packaged seed varieties, including kale, lettuce, argula, collard, endive, mustard & spinach.
Tower Garden Variety Pack includes an assortment of 15 popular varieties that are proven to grow extremely well using the Tower Garden system. Seeds include broccolini, cauliflower, chives, endive, kale, lettuce, mustard, spinach, green pea, wheatgrass and swiss chard.