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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.

- Owen
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Garden Sorrel - Annapolis Seeds
Garden Sorrel (out of stock)

(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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White Russian Kale - Annapolis Seeds
White Russian Kale (out of stock)

(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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Mizuna - Annapolis Seeds
Mizuna (out of stock)

(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
Claytonia - Annapolis Seeds
Claytonia (out of stock)

(Claytonia perfoliata) aka Miner’s Lettuce or Winter Purslane. Heart shaped succulent leaves with mild flavour. One of the hardiest of greens, grows well right through the winter in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse. They germinate only in cool weather, and will sometimes sit dormant in the soil until conditions are just right. 250+ seeds

-Grown by Annapolis Seeds and Twisted Brook
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Curly Endive - Annapolis Seeds
Curly Endive (out of stock)

Super frilly, sweet robust leaves. Dark green outer leaves and tender lightly blanched within. Excellent for full heads or as a cut and come again in the lettuce patch. Eaten fresh or lightly stir fried it is divine. An excellent producer, the full heads can be cut up to three times in a season. Very cold hardy.

-Grown by Yonder Hill Farm
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Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach - Annapolis Seeds
Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach (out of stock)

The classic open-pollinated spinach. Lightly savoyed oval leaves. Does best during cool weather; either planted early spring for early season harvests or planted August/September for Autumn and Winter harvests. Bolts to seed during hot summer weather. (2 g)

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Salad Burnet - Annapolis Seeds
Salad Burnet (out of stock)

Beautiful edible perennial. Clumping plants with small serrated compound leaves, on stems around 1' tall. They develop into 4' flower spikes. Leaves are mildly cucumber flavoured, and most tender in spring. Use them directly in salads, or for garnishing sauces, drinks and soups.

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Yonder Hill Farm

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Umpqua Broccoli - Annapolis Seeds
Umpqua Broccoli (out of stock)

Big green heads that emerge mid-summer. Most open-pollinated broccoli varieties have a small central head with abundant side shoots, but Umpqua is more about the the big initial head. Still followed by lots of side shoots too. Developed by Tim Peters, and named after the Umpqua Valley in Oregon. 100+ seeds (0.5 g)

-Grown by Seed and Scarecrow Farm
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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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Green Tatsoi - Annapolis Seeds
Green Tatsoi (out of stock)

(B. rapa) The standard tatsoi; low rosettes of round leaves with crunchy stems. Easy and cold hardy, great for fall and winter growing. Approx. 250 seeds (1 g)

-Grown by Seed and Scarecrow Farm
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