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- A word on growing Fall and Winter greens -

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. The shorter day length make them less likely to bolt 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.

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Rainbow Chard - Annapolis Seeds
Rainbow Chard (Out of stock)

(Beta vulgaris) Vibrant mix of red, yellow and white stemmed chards. Abundant greens in all four seasons. 100+ seeds (2 g)

-Grown by Twisted Brook
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Morris Heading Collards - Annapolis Seeds
Morris Heading Collards (Out of stock)

(B. oleracea) Traditional green in the Southern US, Collards are also very happy grown in colder climates like Nova Scotia. The smoother flatter cousin of Kale, and used in many of the same ways. Tolerant of hot weather, but also very cold hardy. They keep chugging along in our greenhouse all through the winter months. Although the name implies that it forms heads, I’ve only seen this one grow with open leaves, like kale. Approx. 250 seeds (1 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
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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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Annapolis Seeds
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Garden Sorrel - Annapolis Seeds
Garden Sorrel
Price: $3.00

(Rumex acetosa) - Edible perennial. 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

-Grown by Annapolis 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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Annapolis Seeds
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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)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
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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)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
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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) more info
Zamboni Raab
Zamboni Raab
Price: $3.00

(B. rapa) Also known as Rapini, this distant relative of broccoli (it’s actually more closely related to turnips) forms small, deep-green heads loaded with nutrients and flavour! Both the heads and young leaves are eaten, I like them lightly steamed or in stir-fries. 250 seeds (1 g)

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds
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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) more info