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- Update, July 2018: A word on growing Fall and Winter greens -

Summer has just started here in Nova Scotia, and even though it may seem too early; July, August and into September are the perfect times to sow hardy greens for Fall and Winter harvests. Kales, mizuna, mustard greens, tatsoi, chard and spinach are especially good ones for Fall growing. Many greens actually do better in Fall than they do in Spring... they appreciate the cool weather and reduced flea beetle pressure. They're also much less prone to bolting compared to Spring sown greens. My most vibrant crops of salad greens are always in the Fall!

To extend the harvest season further into Winter, it's simply a matter of covering up your hardy greens as cold weather arrives. A whole variety of protection techniques will do the trick, whether a glass cold frame, some kind of greenhouse or simple poly sheets over hoops. The plants won't actively grow very much over the Winter, but they'll stay in great shape for harvesting until the very coldest of Winter weather arrives. Corn Salad, Claytonia and Russian Kales are usually my very hardiest greens for Winter.

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Arugula - Annapolis Seeds
Arugula
Price: $3.00

Arugula's zesty leaves add lots of flavour to salads. The leaves are spicier in warm weather, and sweeter in Fall and Winter. Fast growing, super-hardy plants are great for Winter growing under cover. Approx. 300 seeds (1 g)

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Garden Sorrel - Annapolis Seeds
Garden Sorrel
Price: $3.00

(Rumex acetosa) - The tart, lemony greens of this perennial herb are great additions to salads when young and tender, and are famous in soup. Sorrel is usually one of the first greens brave enough to emerge in early spring, and once the plants are established they’ll take care of themselves and keep coming back for years. 100+ seeds

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Frilly Kale - Annapolis Seeds
Frilly Kale
Price: $3.00

(B. napus) - A very unique “frilly” sport of the popular Red Russian. The reddish-green leaves are very finely cut, almost like parsley. A very different look than the common curly kale. Very tender and tasty! Extremely winter hardy, lasting long into the cold weather. A real favourite! Approx. 250 seeds (1 g)

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White Russian Kale - Annapolis Seeds
White Russian Kale
Price: $3.00

(B. napus) - Our go-to kale. White Russian is both extremely productive and delicious. The broad green leaves stay tender even when fully grown, making it a great variety for fresh salads. One of our hardiest kales for Fall and Winter growing; with a little care they can keep on producing almost all year.

I especially love kale in the fall and winter. The cold weather makes the leaves sweeter (kale produces sugar as an anti-freezing measure), and by the end of Fall kale is often one of the few green plants still standing strong in the garden. Try making massaged kale... just tear up some leaves and “massage” them (almost as if you were kneading the kale) in a large bowl with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It makes an amazing tender salad! Approx. 250 seeds (1 g)

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Kale Mix - Annapolis Seeds
Kale Mix
Price: $3.00

A mix of all our favourite kale varieties. If you can't decide, why not try them all! Among the most cold hardy of greens for Fall and Winter growing. Try the second-year flower shoots like you would broccoli. Approx. 250 seeds (1 g)

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Mizuna - Annapolis Seeds
Mizuna
Price: $3.00

(B. rapa) - An under-appreciated, yet amazing salad green! Mizuna has tender, green, slightly frilly leaves. They’re quite mild and make great salads, especially in the colder months which is when Mizuna really shines. A quick grower perfect for fall planting and winter cold-frames, it loves spring and summer growing too. Approx. 250 seeds (1 g)
Mesclun Mix - Annapolis Seeds
Mesclun Mix
Price: $3.00

A mix of lettuce, kale, mizuna, arugula, mustard, chard and more... perfect for flavourful salads and baby greens. Several hundred seeds (1.25 g)
Magma Mustard - Annapolis Seeds
Magma Mustard
Price: $3.00

(B. juncea) - A very hardy and easy to grow green, great for adding some kick to salads. The beautiful red blushed ruffly green leaves are mildly hot, generally being more pungent and spicy in warm weather while being sweeter in the cool months. Approx. 250 seeds (1 g)

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Chinese Salad Mallow - Annapolis Seeds
Chinese Salad Mallow
Price: $3.00

(Malva verticillata var. crispa) The round leaves of this unique plant are tender and sweet and an excellent addition to salads when young. In soups and stews it has a slightly gummy texture, not unlike okra. The plant grows about four feet tall and has small white flowers in late-summer. Ornamental and edible! Several hundred seeds (1 gram)

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Corn Salad - Mache - Annapolis Seeds
Corn Salad
Price: $3.00

Also known as Mache. An extremely cold hardy salad green. Tender, oval shaped leaves with sweet, nutty flavour. One of the best choices for winter growing in cold frames or low tunnels. Sow in September for Winter and early Spring harvests. 500+ seeds (1 g)

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