Category: Seeds

It Takes as Long as it Takes

It Takes as Long as it Takes

| August 14, 2016 | 1 Reply

“It takes as long as it takes,” was an expression I started using after I had my son. Like my mother, I’m a busy person, and am always multi-tasking. But, putting a baby down for a nap or bedtime is a whole different deal. It takes supreme focus and patience, and a floor that doesn’t […]

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Sharing Seeds, Helps You, Helps Me!

Sharing Seeds, Helps You, Helps Me!

| February 1, 2016 | 11 Replies

Sharing Seeds, Helps You, Helps Me! I finally got my seeds organized and photographed this week. I’ve promised seeds to a few people, including my youngest fan, a 15 year-old gardener named Ben, who loves Late Bloomer! I don’t sell my seeds, as I am new at the seed saving thing, and don’t guarantee them […]

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Supreme Scarlet Emperor Beans

Supreme Scarlet Emperor Beans

| October 5, 2015 | 2 Replies

Supreme Scarlet Emperor Beans – My story with these lavender and deep purple, graphically complex beans began last year when a garden friend sent me a packet. This friend happens to have five acres in the San Juan Islands to grow a garden as he pleases (where I have to cram everything into about 300 square […]

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On the Road: Growing Loofah

On the Road: Growing Loofah

| September 20, 2015 | 9 Replies

Files from the Road: Growing Loofah, third in a series. Ask any five people (I did) and they will tell you they thought loofah sponge came from the sea. Sheri Martin Bulla grows loofah (also spelled luffa) for sponges on a strip of her 30-acre farm out in the country in Hickman County, Tennessee. I drove on […]

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Collective Farm Woman is a Keeper!

Collective Farm Woman is a Keeper!

| August 3, 2015 | 8 Replies

Collective Farm Woman is a Keeper! In spite of powdery mildew devastating my two Collective Farm Woman melon plants (see “Cutting My Losses”), I will be planting them again next year. Why? Because they are quick to ripen (80-85 days), and there’s no guesswork when they are ready. They simply let go of the vine […]

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The Ultimate Seed Swap

The Ultimate Seed Swap

| July 26, 2015 | 1 Reply

The ultimate seed swap took place in the late bloomer garden last Saturday thanks to the world wide web. A young Philippine gardener, daughter of a farmer, found Late Bloomer online and subscribed. We communicated a couple of times, and a few weeks ago she wrote to say her mother was coming to visit her brother and wife […]

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Order Carrot Seeds!

Order Carrot Seeds!

| June 29, 2015 | Reply

Order Carrot Seeds! For fall or spring harvest, depending on your zone. Or, order the seeds from Kaye’s rainbow carrot harvest, by clicking the button! I receive a small commission for promoting products I’ve used and believe in. Your support of these products helps me to continue to produce “Late Bloomer” episodes to inspire people to […]

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The Best Way to Spend Mother’s Day

The Best Way to Spend Mother’s Day

| May 10, 2015 | 8 Replies

The best way to spend Mother’s Day is to plant something. (This is even better if you plant something with your child!) I’m an empty nester now, so I’m planting alone, but today I went crazy planting beans. Well, actually they are the Creams shelling peas that you see in Part 1 and Part 2 […]

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Order Mexican Sunflower Seeds

Order Mexican Sunflower Seeds

| April 20, 2015 | Reply

Mexican Sunflower Seeds “Torch” Annual. A genuine heat lover, Mexican sunflower sets the dog days of summer ablaze with sizzling orange flowers. A large and imposing plant for the back of the border. Tolerates infertile soil, drought and neglect. Lovely mixed with purple grass, and absolutely stunning next to Grandpa Otts purple morning glory. Attracts […]

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Order Blue Lake Heirloom Bean Seeds

Order Blue Lake Heirloom Bean Seeds

| April 18, 2015 | Reply

Blue Lake 274 Heirloom Organic Beans 58 days. The snap bean (or green bean) is eaten pod and all. Blue Lake 274 produces a very large crop of round,6″ pods all at once, on 16″-18″ tall, bushy plants; beans are stringless when picked young. Excellent flavor, one of the best for freezing. Also a good […]

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