Now Sowing: Tomatoes (Seeds inside: Jan, July / Plants: Mar15-Apr15, Aug)

Tomato seeds in the catalog Common Name: Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) Seed Saving Level: Easy with self-pollinating flowers, but they can cross-pollinate by insects so separate varieties or   a taller blocking crop, or stagger planting. Varieties: Small to medium sized varieties do best  in our desert climate. Try cherry, pear or romas if you’re just getting…
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Now Sowing: Cauliflower (Seeds inside: July-Aug / Plants: Sept-Nov)

  Cauliflower seeds in the catalog Common Name: Cauliflower (Brassica Oleracea) Seed Saving Level: Advanced, may cross with other B. Oleracea members, including cabbage, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, kohlrabi. Produces seeds during second growing season. Planting: Cauliflower is a frost-tolerant biennial that enjoys full sun. Sow directly ½ inch deep. Germinates in 5-7 days. Harvesting: When…
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Now Sowing: Beans, common (March15-May15, July-August)

Common beans in the catalog Common Name: Beans (iphaseolus vulgaris) Seed Saving Level:  Easy Common beans are grouped by growth habit (bush, runner, pole beans) and the way they’re consumed (dry, snap or shelling beans). Pinto/black beans are dry. Green beans, wax beans and French varieties are snap beans. Planting: Sow after danger of frost…
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Now Sowing: Chiltepines: Feb15-Mar15 or July

Common Name: Peppers, hot, Chiltepin (Capsicum annuum) Seed Saving Level: Easy—self-pollinating Sow seeds inside Feb15-Mar15 or July and then plant them outdoors or into a large pot in April-May or August.  Find Chiltepine seeds in the catalog Planting: Growing chiltelpines from seed can be difficult. They are wild plants commonly found under the cover of leguminous…
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Plant Your Monsoon Garden

The rains have started early this year, and it’s time to plant your Monsoon Garden! You might try the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash), a 5000-year-old method of gardening by American Indigenous cultures that involves mixing crops strategically. The corn provides support and a place for the beans to wind and climb. The beans take…
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Now Sowing: Peppers, sweet (Seeds inside: Feb15-Mar15, July / Plant: Apr-May, Aug)

Sweet (bell) pepper seeds in the catalog Common Name: Peppers, sweet or "bell peppers" (Capsicum annuum) Seed Saving Level: Easy — However, sweet peppers should be grown seperate from hot peppers as the hot trait is dominant and will make the next season's sweet peppers hotter. Planting:  Peppers are perennial plants in warm climates, but they are…
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