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Fruition Garden Journal

video tutorials, tried-and-true tips + our latest learnings to surround you with abundance all season long

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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Sneak Peek: New Varieties for 2019!

Dec 20, 2018
 

Each year we trial new varieties and develop new ones, harvesting their seeds and tucking in packets to share with you! 

With each season we learn more about our seeds, ourselves, our soil, our community and our climate. Most seed companies are simply repackaging seed they've bought wholesale on the commodity market, which doesn't eliminate all the variables by any means, but it does greatly reduce their risk of not having seed in their packets.  

The seeds in our packets is largely harvested on one of Fruition's four farms; we also collaborate with over a dozen talented organic seed growers to bring you the highest quality seed we can source.

And Friends, we don't always reap what we sow. Though we grew a glorious bed of Lime Queen zinnias this summer, persistent rain brought powdery mildew early to her leaves and filled her seedheads with millions of spores instead of seeds. (Thank goodness our Zinderella Peach zinnias, below, were a...

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You're Invited! Fruition's Watermelon in the Dahlias Party

Aug 17, 2018
 

Save the date!

~ join us for Fruition Seeds’ annual harvest party ~

Watermelon in the Dahlias

Saturday, August 24th

1 to 4 pm

at 7921 Hickory Bottom Road in Naples, New York

Enjoy Fruition in the glory of August with tours and tastings!

Savor a slice of our Fruition-bred watermelon, August Ambrosia...

...and pick up your organic garlic and shallots for planting this fall...

...all among thousands of dahlias :)

Bring your family, bring your friends! 

Our annual harvest party is always free, always open to the public...

...and we can't wait to see you soon!

Sow Seeds & Sing Songs, 

ps

Stay tuned for our Ginger Harvest Party this fall, date TBD!

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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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