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Seeds That Can Thrive Anywhere

May 10th, 2013

A common question we hear frequently is, “do your seeds grow well in my growing region/state?” To put it simply, the answer more often than not is “yes.” Our seeds are specifically selected to do well in growing conditions throughout North America under normal growing conditions.

Humble Seed’s premium garden seed kits are intentionally bundled to suit a variety of needs and lifestyles, while our re-sealable Mylar® bags keep seeds fresh in between plantings, allowing you to plant when it’s convenient in your region. Need more proof? Check out these examples below!

Red Saladbowl -Veggin’ Out seed kit

Description: This slow bolting red oak-leaf type of saladbowl is very appealing. Its finely divided leaves that are a rich, deep-red color characterize it. Gardeners enjoy its sweet flavor and the wonderful color that it adds to a variety of salads

Where these seeds grow best: This seed will germinate in a low 40 degrees F soil temperature, making it pretty forgiving to cold weather. They do quite well in a variety of regions across the United States. Red Saladbowls will flourish in most parts of the northeast, west, and Midwest, and in places like New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Illinois, Idaho, Oregon, and more.

Scarlet Nantes CarrotVeggin’ Out seed kit

Description: The Scarlet Nantes has a reputation for abundant production and a consistent quality that offers up crisp texture and sweet flavor. The roots, which average about 6” long, are bright orange and cylindrical to slightly tapered.

Where these seeds grow best: You can start this seed outside 2-4 weeks before an average last frost, and in warm climates with lows above 25 degrees all winter long. This seed can do well in a variety of locations that don’t experience harsh winters – particularly the west coast and southwest (places like California, Oregon, New Mexico, and Arizona), as well as parts of the Midwest and the south (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia – and more).

Washington Cherry TomatoVeggin’ Out seed kit

Description: This organic variety produces tomatoes that are meaty and very flavorful. It is a high yielding plant that produces 1 ¼” red cherry tomatoes that are excellent for appetizers, salads, snacking and more.

Where these seeds grow best: This seed grows best when sown in the spring; after the average last spring frost and when soil temperatures reach 60 degrees. Generally, regions in the south, southwest, and Midwest will offer these types of conditions – whether you’re in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri or Kansas. They can also be planted in the early fall for a winter harvest if you live in a warm winter/hot summer area.

Superbo BasilUncle Herb’s Favorites seed kit

Description: This Genovese-type of basil provides thick leaves and wonderful flavor. It is great for homemade pesto and complements a variety of foods, including fish, poultry, rice, vegetables and more.

Where these seeds grow best: Basil is loved not only for its abundant flavor, but also for its ability to grow very well in a variety of regions and conditions. This seed does best in the springtime, 1-3 weeks after the average last frost, and when soils are warm. With these requirements in mind, anyone living in California to New Jersey (and in between) can grow basil in their backyard when the weather turns a bit warmer. If your location experiences a harshly cold spring, basil can also be grown indoors near a sunny window.

Yankee Bell Pepper  - Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles and Veggin’ Out seed kit

Description: This plant provides wonderful red bells for northern climates. It is a strongly branched plant with good cover, producing 6-10, 3 to 4-lobed, medium-size, green to red fruits. The Yankee is less likely to make too many peppers in the initial crown set, resulting in a higher percentage of thick-walled and smooth fruits. These peppers last well into the sweet red stage.

Where these seeds grow best: Grow these seeds in the springtime, 3-4 weeks after the average last frost date and when soil temperatures are at least 65 -70 degrees. While these peppers prefer warmer climates, they truly do well in a wide range of areas across the United States – particularly the south, southwest, Midwest, and northern regions. What we love about these seeds is how well they will grow in places like Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, but will also do quite well in Arizona and California – and even in Michigan, Wisconsin, and New York.

About Us:

Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease.  We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed.

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Make Your Garden Work Fill Up Your Piggy Bank

November 30th, 2011

Gardening is a wonderful hobby, and you may not relish the idea of turning it into a job. However there are ways in which  you can enjoy your garden whilst making a little money from it too.

Anyone with a garden has the potential to earn money, all that is needed is a little imagination, some homemade compost,  and a polytunnel, and even without these there are ways you can still profit from your pottering.

Pot for Profit

The most obvious route is collecting the seed heads, as the marigold, petunias, pansies and calendulas go to seed in the
autumn, you can collect the bounty and store them somewhere dry. In the spring pot them with a mixture of your compost and some potting compost in used flower pots, and set up a little sign at the end of your drive with a table with plants for sale.

If this seems like too much of an effort, buy some tiny brown envelopes and divide seeds equally between each one. Labelling carefully with a short description along with a one line instruction, you’ll be able to sell your harvest without ever getting your hands dirty.

Split for Victory

Splitting mature plants too makes a tidy profit. Your chrysanthemums, artichokes, grasses and aubrietia will all look fabulous in a pot, and prettier than a garden center, while the flowers left behind will soon grow to the same size again with the extra root space.  Another idea is making produce from your product.  Anyone with an established bramley apple tree or plum tree will know that they give away apples to save them rotting on the floor. There are a myriad of recipes to use these fruits, such as jams, chutneys and jelly’s that will look great in canning jars, and gift wrapped nicely you could find yourself earning a pretty penny indeed.

Almost any vegetable can be made into a chutney, with the courgette and runner bean chutney being a popular choice this year. With a few of the larder essentials such as vinegar and sugar, you can put them in sterilized jars topped with wax paper, cellophane, fabric and ribbon of your choice, they’ll look amazing on any kitchen shelf, and taste even better.

Deft with Design

If you’re deft with design, try your hand at planting hanging baskets for others. Investing in some hessian, a few hanging baskets and using seeds from your own garden; you can create stunning displays that will soon be snapped up as the word spreads.

Then of course there’s the veggie plot. Leave nothing to waste. If you find you’re feeding more than your family with your produce, slap a sticker on it, label the price and sell at a farmers market with the jams, the hanging baskets and the seeds, or quite simply, have a rolling cart you can pull to the end of your drive, with a sign, whenever it’s walking weather and you’re feeling sociable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

Humble Seed welcomes guest posts. “This post was written by Sam at Lavenderworld. Lavenderworld was launched last year and provides a wide range of products that are naturally beautiful from skincare to all kinds of plants and much, much more!”

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Kids and Fall Gardening: Make It Fun!

September 14th, 2011

If you’re a fall gardener and you have children, you can provide them with wonderful, educational experiences via your garden and plants. From exploring nature to delving into biology to showing older, budding chefs how to prepare simple dishes with fresh fare from the garden, you can plant nurturing and inquisitive seeds inside your children that can last a lifetime. And with kids getting back to school, it’s also a great way to foster a sense of learning and study.

A fall garden is home to a wonderful variety of bugs that make great biology subjects. When you and your kids come across bugs, you can educate your kids on the roles that each bug plays in the garden. We even have blog posts dedicated to garden heroes and villains (bugs!), including Garden Villain: Itsy Bitsy Spider Mites, Garden Hero: The Green Lacewing, AKA Aphid Lions, Garden Villain: The Leafhopper, and more.

Do you have a child that displays a love for drawing? A fall garden provides the perfect environment for sketching…You never know: you may have a future naturalist or scientist in your family. From plants to insects, sketching has a long history as a means of scientific investigation. Surprise your artistic child with a blank journal and colored pencils for their “field notes,” and then teach them how to observe bugs and plants and jot down notes. From the behaviors of a specific bug to the colors of a Red Express Cabbage as it matures, there are so many sketching opportunities to be found in a fall garden. Another great activity for a budding artist is to have him or her draw a plant as it grows from a seedling to maturity.

If you have a child that loves food and loves to help in the kitchen, a fall garden can be a great source of inspiration and creativity. Teach your future chef how to tell when lettuce, broccoli and other fall garden vegetables are ready for harvesting. When it’s time to make a salad with your home grown foods, walk your child through the salad making process, from harvesting the vegetables right from the garden to cleaning the vegetables to preparing the vegetables for a salad. Talk about our five senses and have your child describe how each one is affected by, say, a head of lettuce. Before you know it, you’ll have your own personal salad maker and a child who is eager to experiment with a variety of healthy tastes and textures.

Kids + Vegetable Gardening + Fun = A Love for the Freshest, Healthiest Foods

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Freeze! Before You Plant Check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

September 28th, 2010

 

If you’re new to gardening and not sure where to begin one of the most important things to take into consideration is frost/freeze dates. Plants need to be placed in an environment that meets their basic needs, and each of the following is important in determining whether or not plants will flourish: day length, frost, heat, pH, radiation, rainfall, and temperature.

Lower temperatures will trigger a large number of cold hardy plants to go into dormancy. These plants hibernate/sleep through the winter then wake up in the spring. There are, however, many plants that cannot survive lower temperatures.

A great tool to help you determine the best times throughout the year to begin growing plants in your region is the Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which was developed with horticultural and meteorological information in mind, including: changes in weather, classification, interactions with cultural factors (how plants are planted, the size of plants, the way plants are placed in the landscape, etc.), interactions with other environmental factors (humidity, wind, soil type, etc.), introduction of new forms of traditional plants, scope, winter hardiness, and zones.

While there are microclimates within each region and area (areas that may or may not allow you to plant more than gardening books say you can) The Plant Hardiness Zone Map is a great place to begin when planning your garden.

Here is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map via The United States National Arboretum.

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Humble Seed Safe Seed Pledge

August 23rd, 2010

Safe Seed Program

Public opinion polls in the US and abroad reveal that the large majority of consumers are wary of genetically modified (GM) crops and plants. As a result, agricultural producers and manufacturers have found that “GM-free” can be both a socially responsible statement and an effective marketing slogan.

Created in 1999, the Safe Seed Pledge helps to connect non-GM seed sellers to the growing market of concerned gardeners and agricultural consumers. The Pledge allows businesses to declare that they “do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds,” thus assuring consumers of their commitment. Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG) formally recognizes vendors through the Safe Seed Sourcebook available online.

Safe Seed Program Public opinion polls in the US and abroad reveal that the large majority of consumers are wary of genetically modified (GM) crops and plants. As a result, agricultural producers and manufacturers have found that “GM-free” can be both a socially responsible statement and an effective marketing slogan. Created in 1999, the Safe Seed Pledge helps to connect non-GM seed sellers to the growing market of concerned gardeners and agricultural consumers. The Pledge allows businesses to declare that they “do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds,” thus assuring consumers of their commitment. CRG formally recognizes vendors through the Safe Seed Sourcebook available online.

The Safe Seed Pledge:

“Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between generations, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”

We do affirm,

Jim and Kristen Mitchell

Humble Seed, Owners

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Seed And Feed in Paradise Valley, AZ

August 18th, 2010

Jim & Kristen Mitchell, Owners of Humble Seed will be talking about ALL things garden to YOUR plate at the fabulous Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen (www.picazzos.com) in Paradise Valley this Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:00am- there will be delicious FREE Appetizers! Also enter to win a Uncle Herb’s Culinary Herb Seed Kit and our garden tote. We hope to see you there!

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A Glimpse Into Off the Rack, Tortured Seeds

August 11th, 2010

 

Did you know that seeds can be tortured? It’s true. Humble little seeds are living things that are dormant until placed in the right conditions. When exposed to elements such as heat and moisture, the life of seeds can be gravely compromised. Have you ever noticed how seeds are stored at big box stores? Many times, they’re placed in the hot sun or near plants that get misted. The paper packets that these seeds are stored in do not protect them from these elements.

Seeds need to be stored in environmentally controlled conditions in order to ensure optimum germination and prolong their lives. That’s why we store our seeds in environmentally controlled conditions up to the point of shipping. Before being shipped, seeds are packaged in re-sealable Mylar® bags which provide great seed protection, as well as the opportunity to plant now or later. And, if you are a seed saver, you can re-use your Mylar® bags to save seeds from the plants you grow. We pamper our seeds so much that we even play classical music to them in our storage facility.

Once purchased, keep seeds stored in a dry and cool place, such as in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Also, keep seed varieties separated from each other in clearly labeled packets. If stored in the right conditions, seeds will remain viable for years.

While it may be fun to shop off the rack for new clothes, you should never shop off the rack for seeds.  They’re too valuable a resource to torture by storing them in the wrong conditions.

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Memorial Day Week Long Sale

May 23rd, 2010

Use Code “GONAVY” to get 35% off on any of our seed kits! Jim served ten years in the navy and would like to honor all those who have served by offering this awesome discount to everyone. Offer ends June 1st.

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The Five Ws of Humble Seed

May 7th, 2010

Since the launch of Humble Seed, we’ve met some great folks who are passionate about seeds, and we’re honored to be a part of such a wonderful community. If you’re a new follower to the Humble Seed Blog, here is one of our press releases, to give you some insight into who we are.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jim Mitchell, co-owner/operator

877-956-SEED (7333)

jmitchell@humbleseed.com

Feed Your Inner Gardener with ‘Humble Seed’

Scottsdale, Ariz. (April 14, 2010) – Humble Seed cultivates the gardener within all of us with irresistible “seed that feeds” kits. Each kit features premium seed packets for an array of edible plants. First-time entrepreneurs Jim and Kristen Mitchell, who launched the online business today, aim to inspire would-be growers by making seed selection easier while enhancing variety, flavor, and nutritional value.

Instead of sifting through piles of paper envelopes vulnerable to heat and humidity, www.HumbleSeed.com customers pick from themed gardens in a kit: Hot Mama’s Peppers and Chiles; The Producer; Uncle Herb’s Favorites; and Veggin’ Out.

Every kit contains at least 10 premium packets of seeds for environmentally conscious growers offering higher seed counts than similar products. Seeds are packaged in re-sealable Mylar bags for ultimate protection, allowing growers to plant now or later. For those seeking a survival seed bank, The Producer is a bulk fruit-and-vegetable kit that is packaged within an FDA-approved container for long-term food storage.

Humble Seed is a labor of love. After relocating to the Valley from the Midwest one year ago, Jim left his career as an energy trader to follow his heart. He poured his energy and savings into Humble Seed, an entirely self-funded venture.

“My whole life I’ve been trying to find one calling, one passion that would help people,” Jim says. “I really connected to growing my own food. There are so many health, financial and environmental benefits and creating a stable, healthy food supply reduces our reliance on other economies.”

The Scottsdale husband-and-wife team share a passion for making a difference. We are extremely excited that we’re helping empower people in a down economy,” says Kristen. “Families can now get fresh food at a fraction of the cost found at your local produce section.”

Humble Seed is dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to conscientious gardeners who choose to start from seed. Hobbyists, retirement communities, survival gardeners, schools and restaurants can buy the kits at www.HumbleSeed.com. The website also features books, recipes and seed-growing tips.  Kits start at $21.95.

More information and interviews: 877-956-7333; jmitchell@humbleseed.com; www.humbleseed.com. Become a friend of Humble Seed on Facebook.

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