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Fruition Garden Journal

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7 Seeds to Resist Transplanting

May 08, 2020
 

I was tempted to share 'seeds to never transplant,' yet never is such strong, dominating language.

There is always more than one way to do things.

In fact, we transplant some of these seeds...

...but only because it keeps our lives more simple ...

...not because the plants prefer it.

So yes, it's true, there are some seeds whose sensitive root systems simply prefer to grow where they're planted. Planting them in soil blocks, cow pots or peat pots is always an option --- just be sure you're transplanting them as soon as seedlings emerge from the soil.

It's counter-intuitive, I know, but directly sowing these seeds in deliciously warm soil after final frost will surround you with earlier and more abundance than their transplanted kin, even in short seasons. Planting them earlier is simply not an equation to get an earlier harvest. 

Resist Transplanting These Seeds

 Cucurbits  

The cucurbit botanical family includes zucchini, summer & winter squash, melon, &...

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Our Favorite Edible Flowers

Apr 03, 2020
 

Edible flowers are the best of all worlds, feeding us in so many ways beyond beauty, beyond calories, growing our ability to see beyond what we've known before. 

As we seed our vegetables for the season ahead, now more than ever we sow the seeds of these edible flowers with a vast appreciation for their power to transform, with love, the world around them. 

We are what we eat, so let's make it beautiful!

Calendula 

Easy to grow in any soil, any container and even limited sun, calendula is beautiful, edible and medicinal. Pluck the petals from the center calyx to toss in salad and strew across cakes! They have a mild marigold scent and flavor, which is heavenly :)

Just over one foot wide and tall with a rainbow of colors, calendula is also a favorite of pollinators and is easy to save the seed of, in fact re-seeding herself if you don't harvest all her flowers and seeds, first. 

The more you harvest your calendula, the more she'll blossom....

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Fruition's New Varieties for 2020

Jan 17, 2020
 

Each year we grow acres of organic gardens, saving hundreds of thousands (if not millions...) of seeds of tried-and-true varieties we love as we continue to adapt them to our short seasons, year after year. Each year we also grow dozens upon dozens of new varieties, exploring and experimenting, discovering new joys and learning ever, always. 

This season we're delighted to share seed with you of some gems we've found and here is a tiny taste of them all :)

Organic Haifa's Finest Zucchini

Where do we begin? The flavor, the story, the abundance, the near spinelessness? If you don't have time for it all, know this: Haifa's Finest is a Fruition-bred variety, the most flavorful zucchini you'll likely ever eat. Imagine exceptional nuttiness with a creamy density that melts in your mouth --- you won't be tossing these in neighbor's mailboxes, I suspect :) 

After six years of selections, we're so excited to finally share our lusciously nutty, super creamy and nearly...

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5 Easy Strategies to Thwart Your Gray Squash Bugs

Aug 22, 2019
 

Many people will proclaim, "Stink Bug!" when they see Gray Squash Bugs ambling about on their zucchini. Indeed, they are 'true' bugs and the stink is real when they're crushed. Gray Squash Bugs are close relatives of the resident 'stink bugs' in your home.

A little knowledge goes a long way, so here is the biology you need to know plus the organic management keys to keep in mind.

It's a Bug's Life(cycle)

First, Gray Squash bug eggs are gorgeously shiny metallic bronze in clusters of about twenty eggs laid underneath squash leaves, often tucked along a vein. Cucumber beetle eggs are astonishingly similar, though there is more space between eggs (see below). Either way, if you see them, squish them!

An adult squash bug laying her eggs. Photo credit to insectimages.org.

Gray Squash beetle eggs are laid a dense cluster (right) compared to Cucumber beetle eggs (left) which have more space between eggs. Both are most often on the underside of cucurbit leaves.

Eggs hatch in late summer...

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The Dreaded Squash Vine Borer & How to Still Enjoy Zucchini All Season Long

Aug 22, 2019
 

First, if you want to see me shudder in disgust, don't miss minute 4:05 in the video tutorial :)

And Friends, perhaps you’ve seen these gorgeous moths frolicking in your garden, though I hope you haven't.

The Squash Vine Borer (Melitta curcurbitae) is a great moth to become familiar with because yes, they're beautiful. Also, they're one of the most devastating insects in your garden.

The gorgeous and devastating adult moth of the Squash Vine Borer.

Squash Vine Borers make their home in the base of your squash plants, devouring their soft marrow before killing their host. They're particularly fond of any Cucurbita pepo plant, which includes all manner of zucchini, summer and pattypan squash in addition to pumpkins, acorn, spaghetti, delicata squash and more. 

Thankfully they are not attracted to cucumbers and melons, but most squash, winter squash, and pumpkins can be dramatically affected. I’ve heard and seen horror...

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3 Things to do with your Winter Squash Seeds

Nov 29, 2018
 

People ask me all winter long if they can save the seeds they scoop out of winter squash to sow next season.

Which gives me such hope for the world! 

Humbling yet true: I am gently discouraging you from saving your squash seeds to plant next season, unless you’re growing the squash yourself and paying a great deal of attention. I’ll share why (and how to pay attention!) in a moment.

First, here are the three things I can recommend without reservation:

1. Toast and eat them, see our recipe below!

2. Make squash seed roofs on gingerbread houses.

3. Stick them on peanut-buttered pinecones for the birds.

So yes, it’s true, I don’t really recommend saving your squash seeds to sow next season, unless you know a great deal about its life story. Or are entirely unattached to the fruits looking anything like it’s parents. (Which is one of my favorite games in the world.)

 Here's why.

Squash seeds are one of our...

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6 Easy Seeds to Direct Sow in June (& How to Transplant, If You Must)

May 31, 2018
 

Once final frost has come and gone and the nights are consistently above 50 F, the soil is finally warm enough for the crops that thrive in the heat of summer. 

Some of them, like tomatoes and ground cherries, absolutely must be started 6 to 8 weeks prior to final frost to have any chance of surrounding you with abundance in short seasons.

Others, like basil and cosmos, will surround you with abundance whether you transplant or direct sow them.

Here, friends, are the crops whose fragile, sensitive root systems despise being transplanted. When direct-sown, they'll grow faster and fruit earlier, increasing your harvests significantly. (If you must transplant them, be sure to follow the tips on peat/cow pots and soil blocks at the bottom of the list.)

 

1. Cucurbits

A brush up on botanical Latin! The Cucurbit family classically sprawls and is slightly spiny, including everything from summer squash to winter squash, cantaloupe to cucumber. 

As you're...

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10 Easy Seeds to Sow in May

May 04, 2018
 

10 Easy Seeds to Sow in May

Daffodils bloom, wood frogs sing! As robins pull worms from the warming soil, here are ten easy seeds to sow in May.

1. Peas

The classic harbinger of spring, peas are sown as soon as your soil can be worked. (What does that mean? Check out this video.) Some years we sow peas in March. Other years, it's May. All seasons have their advantages and disadvantages. Everything's grand or everything's not grand: you choose. I digress.

Peas tolerate cool seasons better than most plants in your garden. To some extent, the earlier you plant your peas the earlier you'll harvest peas. Keep in mind: peas developing in cooler temperatures will be sweeter and more tender than those developing in the heat of summer. So tuck them in quick! And whatever you do, please resist starting them indoors; peas absolutely despise having their sensitive root systems uprooted. Most of us can relate.

To extend your pea harvest this season, sow both dwarf and full-size...

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