Summer Box 2021
Growing and harvesting is the same as Emerald Towers. We are so excited to send over this basil because of how beautiful it is! It'll be like having a house plant if you do choose to plant it inside by a sunny window. It'll grow gorgeous green and purple leaves that'll make your pasta or anything else you add this to look like it came out of a 5-star kitchen.
Basil: Emerald Towers
The emerald towers verity of basil is like the typical basil you see at the store. It has thick green leaves that look like plastic because they are so shiny! The plant will grow upwards and we recommend not harvesting from it at all until they get to be 3x the size you got it! When you do harvest, don't harvest more than 3/4th of the plant at a time as this could cause the plant to go into shock. And as always, pick from the outsides in bottom up leaving the growing point intact.
Thyme thrives in full sun and loves heat! If you are growing in a pot indoors, plant near a sunny window. Soil needs to drain well and pot needs a drainage hole. Harvest 1 month after planting and always leave 2/3 of the plant alone so they plant doesn't go into shock. Thyme can grow like a weed, so keep it trimmed!
Rosemary requires only sunlight, good drainage and great air circulation to thrive! If you are growing indoors: plant in sunny window that is open for sometime during the day. If you want to grow it outdoors, make sure it gets direct sunlight all day if you can or at least 8 hours. Wait until the branches get to be about 8 inches long to harvest. Trim regularly to encourage continual growth.
Nasturtium: Jewel Mix
Plant nasturtiums in full sun for the best results. They will grow in partial shade, but won't bloom as well. Full sun= 6-8 hours, partial sun= 3-6 hours. They will bloom to be beautiful orange plants that will look great on a cake for decor! Harvest when the plant gets to be about 6 inches tall. Cut the flower with about 3 inches of stem attached (you can cut the stem off when it comes to putting it on the food). Harvest when the flower is bloomed.
Oregano is very similar to thyme in the way it grows: thrives in full sun and loves heat! If you are growing in a pot indoors, plant near a sunny window. Soil needs to drain well and pot needs a drainage hole. Harvest 1 month after planting and always leave 2/3 of the plant alone so they plant doesn't go into shock. Thyme can grow like a weed, so keep it trimmed!
Parsley: Triple Curled
You can harvest your parsley as it grows, as long as you harvest from the outside in and do not harvest more than 1/3 at a time!
Lettuce Head: Andromeda
This lettuce head is going to give you the crunchies leafy greens ever! They have curled edges and grow in layers with the growing point in the center. Make sure this plant gets a good amount of sun to avoid bolting! Bolting in lettuce heads occurs when they aren't getting enough sun and begin to grow upwards in search for the sun. You can harvest from the outside in, leaving at least half of the plant untouched to avoid shock and leaving the center untouched to allow for continuous growth.
Pumpkin: Kandy Korn Plus
Pumpkins should be planted early to midsummer to have them fully matured by Halloween! They enjoy nutrient rich soil so make sure to fertilize the area they are growing in often for the best result. They enjoy full sun but also thrive with partial shade. Just note that growing in partial shade may cause them to take longer to mature! Harvest when it gets to a size they you like. Keep an eye out for the area they sit on, if that area starts to get soft and discolored it's time to harvest!
Tomato: Gigante Rojo
Translation: Big Red!! and we aren't kidding! If you ordered the XL box you'll be getting this beauty. the tomatoes can and will get HUGE so make sure you have a trellis for this. You will know that you are overwatering if they begin to split. Instead of guessing when to harvest, mark your calander for 2 and a half after planting (3 months at most!), that is when they should be ready to harvest.
Sweet Pepper: Candy Cane Red
It's pepper time! Peppers is something I was constantly buying at the grocery store, and still do in the fall/winter since it isn't season for it at home in California. Peppers, of all kind, are a spring and summer variety. This pepper in particular is going to look GORGEOUS and is so cool to watch grow. As it matures, it'll take on a candy cane print of red and green. It'll be ready to harvest after about 2 months and when the pepper is 3.5-4 inches long.
Green Zucchini: Temedor
The growing and harvesting process for the yellow and green zucchini is pretty much the same! If you ordered a Veggie or XL Veggie box you'll get this. Not only do you get the zucc, but you can also harvest the male flowers to eat! Harvest the zucchini when the flower is still attached and they are anywhere from 5-7 inches long! A test you can do it sticking your fingernail in it. If you are able to puncture the skin it's ready!
Cherry Tomato: Tumbler
Although you may see tomatoes for transplant on sale year round at your local gardening store, they are a spring and summer variety. They love warmer weather and even California winters are too cold for them! They may grow, but they'll stay small and grow only a few tomatoes, causing you to think it's your fault.
This cherry tomato variety that we are sending will need to be planted in an area that gets a good amount of sun. Purchasing or DIYing a trellis is a important step to growing tomatoes. A trellis won't be needed until little tomatoes start to grow and weigh the plant down. If the stem starts to bend, it'll slow (or even stop) the flow of water and other nutrients so as soon as you see some growth in your plant, add the trellis in. The sooner the better!
We choose verities that stay relatively small so they don't take up a ton of garden space. So you may think "my tomato plant isn't growing!" but it is! It just won't get humongous.
Since tomatoes are made up of mostly water, it's important to keep your plant watered twice a day if possible in the beginning! We love sending cherry tomatoes because they're a great snack to pick off and eat while you garden.
Cucumber: Patio Snacker
SO excited to send over some cucumbers! That's when you know it's spring time. This variety of cucumber will grow to be veiny and bigger than the other plants so do make sure you give it enough room! They will need full sun and has evenly moist soil- they can also be grown in 5 gallon pots! When you see the yellow flowers, know that a cucumber is coming soon from there! Make sure they get a ton of water since cucumbers are made mostly of water. Although cucumbers can get HUGE if you let them cucumbers are tastiest when harvested young before their seeds are fully developed. They will be ready for harvest when about 6 to 8 in. in length. To harvest, cut off the vine and leave 1-2 inches of the vine still attached to the cucumber.
Lettuce: Red Salad Bowl
We sent this lettuce in the fall/winter box and some customers are still harvesting from it today! It'll grow outwards, sort of like a bush rather than growing upwards like your usual green lettuce. Same thing, ample sun, harvest from the outside in, always check for caterpillars and if you see that it starts to bolt prematurely you can stop the bolting by literally cutting the long stem growing upwards!
Hot Pepper: Capitan
This is another pepper that'll only be available in the XL box, since they have more space, we are able to send them more plants! The hot pepper will look like a jalapeño. With this box, you have all the fixings for an amazing salsa! The peppers will be ready to harvest when they get to be about 3 inches long!
Beans: Classic / Verde Imperial
Find an area with full sun for your beans! They will grow quickly so have your trellis materials ready. They like to climb, so the taller the trellis the better. Keep the soil wet by watering often. Harvest when the beans get to your desired size and taste! You can pull them off and taste them to see if they are what you want.
Melons, like pumpkins, enjoy very nutritious soil. Fertilize often and weed often as well since the fertilizer will cause all types of plants and weeds to intrude on your melons! The more sun they have the faster they grow. Harvest when they begin to develop a sitting spot where they meet the soil and lay. Do the usual "slap test" to see how they are doing. These melons won't get to be too big, about the size to be able to be carried in one hand.
Squash (scallop): Sol/Lemon Sun
This is going to be the cutest thing you have growing in your garden, I almost guarantee it! The plant will grow to be like a bush rather than upwards like your tomatoes. They will need full sun and harvest when they are 4-5 inches wide.
Great for salsa and pasta sauce! The tomatoes will grow to be the shape of a pear/plum. Have a trellis ready and make sure they get ample sunlight and water daily.
Pumpkin- 20 Karat Gold
The more space you give your pumpkin the larger they will be able to grow. Enjoys full sun but can handle partial shade if that is all you have available. Harvest when fruit has developed deep color. Handles will appear dry. Cut handles with shears to protect handles from being broken off.
Watermelon- Crimson Caramelo
Watermelons are relatively simple to grow but the hardest part about having them in your garden are the larger pests! Squirrels, racoons, you name it! Make sure you give the watermelon lots of room to grow. Watermelon should be ready about 1 1/2 months after it was planted, start keeping your eye on it to see if it is ripe, looking for the following clues: The tendrils that are normally bright green near where the watermelon meets the stem will turn brown.