Burpeeana Cauliflower

The promise of seeds is the miracle of life in multicolored, multisized, and multi-shaped packages. Hold a seed in your hand and ponder for a moment: That tiny seed has the complete nutrients to sprout. It will grow to a thousand times its size, needing only moisture and fertilizer after waking from its dormant state. Some seeds, those of tomatoes for example, will last for 18 or 20 years if kept cool and dry in their dormant state; since the percent of viable seeds decreases over time, though, we recommend using fresh seed whenever possible. Other seeds, like lettuce and parsnip, last for a year, longer if given special care and sealed in foil packs. All seeds, though similar, have individual characteristics and needs; some are fussier and more demanding than others.

Today seeds are readily available and we take them for granted. When Europeans arrived on this continent hundreds of years ago with their few belongings, one of their most precious was seeds. Seeds were so valuable that they substituted for money. Seeds were bartered for tools, household goods, and animals. They were even a welcome wedding present. Every early American garden included a small patch where vegetables were allowed to go to seed. These were used for the next year's crop and exchanged with friends and neighbors, so each settler could increase the number of varieties he grew. Crops that matured the second year, carrots, beets, and potatoes, were carefully protected from mice, damp, and cold over the winter, then replanted in the spring to produce seed.

For many early Americans, the garden was their life. The more crops they grew, the better prepared they were for winter, and the better able they were to barter for the things they needed. Today, the hardest part of growing from seeds is choosing what to grow. The variety available is enormous and the quality improves with every year. Of course, the kinds of seeds you choose will determine where and how you plant them. You can start some seeds indoors to gain extra weeks on the growing season. Some seeds are best sown right into the garden, fast-germinating vegetables like leaf lettuce and mustard greens, for example. Other kinds of vegetables don't always do well when transplanted, so their seeds should be direct sown where they are to grow. Among these are beans and root crops like beets "iind carrots. Wait for the ground to begin to warm, then plant the seeds of these tender plants directly in the soil. Refer to out-Plant Portraits section, page 41, or the back of your seed pack for the needs of individual seeds.

Vines, such as the melons here, look welcoming and lush spilling out across a walkway.

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Seeds are astonishingly diverse in size and color. I. Snap pea 'Snappy ®' 2. Cucumber 'Burpeeana Hybrid IT 3. Corn 'Kandy Korn EJI.'4. Onion 'Evergreen Long White Bunching' 5. Pumpkin 'Big Max' 6. Squash 'Burpee Hybrid Zucchini' 7. Lettuce 'Parris Island Cos' 8. Watermelon 'Sweet Favorite Hybrid' 9. Tonutto 'Super Beefsteak ® VFN' 10. Beet 'Detroit Dark Red' 11. Pepper 'Crispy Hybrid' 12. Pole lima bean 'Burpee's Best' 13. Snap bean 'Improved Evergreen 14. Cabbage 'Earliana' 15. Snap bean 'Burpee's Tenderpod' 16. Corn 'Rainbow' 17. Bush fava bean 'Long Pod' 18. Carrot 'Toudo Hybrid' 19. Radish 'White Chinese' 20. Eggplant 'Early Beauty 21. Cauliflower 'Early White Hybrid' 22. Cantaloupe 'Hale's Best Jumbo'.

Seeds are astonishingly diverse in size and color. I. Snap pea 'Snappy ®' 2. Cucumber 'Burpeeana Hybrid IT 3. Corn 'Kandy Korn EJI.'4. Onion 'Evergreen Long White Bunching' 5. Pumpkin 'Big Max' 6. Squash 'Burpee Hybrid Zucchini' 7. Lettuce 'Parris Island Cos' 8. Watermelon 'Sweet Favorite Hybrid' 9. Tonutto 'Super Beefsteak ® VFN' 10. Beet 'Detroit Dark Red' 11. Pepper 'Crispy Hybrid' 12. Pole lima bean 'Burpee's Best' 13. Snap bean 'Improved Evergreen 14. Cabbage 'Earliana' 15. Snap bean 'Burpee's Tenderpod' 16. Corn 'Rainbow' 17. Bush fava bean 'Long Pod' 18. Carrot 'Toudo Hybrid' 19. Radish 'White Chinese' 20. Eggplant 'Early Beauty 21. Cauliflower 'Early White Hybrid' 22. Cantaloupe 'Hale's Best Jumbo'.

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