Posted on

space gold seeds

Hearts of Gold, Melon Seeds

Melons provide a sweet and colorful addition to summer meals, and they can be grown in the home garden. In addition to the typical cantaloupe and honeydew melons, gardeners can grow other varieties such as banana melons.

Before Planting: A light, well-drained soil with a pH of 7.0 and a southern exposure is ideal. Good soil moisture is important in early stages of growth and during pollination when fruits are setting.

Planting: For direct seeding, sow 1-2 weeks after last frost when soil is warm, above 70°F, 3 seeds every 18″, 1/2″ deep, thinning to 1 plant/spot. Space rows 6′ apart. For transplanting, sow indoors in 3 weeks before last frost and transplanting outside. Plant 2-3 seeds per or pot, about 1/4″ deep. Keep temperature 80-90°F until germination. Handle young plants carefully and never let the soil dry out. Grow seedlings at 75°F. Reduce water and temperature for a week to harden seedlings. When the weather is frost-free, warm, and settled, transplant 2-3′ apart in rows 6′ apart or thin to 1 plant/pot or cell with scissors and transplant 18″ apart. Even hardened melon seedlings are tender. Do not disturb roots when transplanting, and water thoroughly.

Watering: Melons need a steady supply of water, and soil needs to be damped but not flooded, approximately 1 inch a week.

Fertilizer: Prior to planting, mix aged manure and compost into the soil. Melons are heavy feeders, so fertilize at planting and throughout the growing season with a 5-5-5 or 10-10-10 granular fertilizer. Do not let the granules come in contact with the plant.

See also  london cake seeds

Days to Maturity: A ripe melon should be very easy to remove from the vine. For a cantaloupe, the netting pattern on the melon becomes more visible and a crack appears at the base of the stem when it was ripe. For a honeydew, the color becomes creamy. Most melon varieties are ready for harvest when the gray-green color begins to change to pale yellow and when a light tug separates the fruit from the vine. Some melon types, like honeydew, Charentais, canary, Spanish, and Crenshaw are overripe by the time the stem can be tugged from the fruit. (See each variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: Melons must be cut from the vine. All melons should be stored at 90% relative humidity. Store ripe melons at 40-45°F for 7-14 days.

Tips: Cut off watering 1 week before harvest. This will give a more flavorful, concentrated melon. Over watering before harvest can cause bland taste.

AVG. Direct Seeding Rate: 30 seeds/10′, 100 seeds/50′ 1M/500′, 15M/acre at 3 seeds every 18″ in rows 6′ apart.

Shipping Schedule

Our Seed Promise

"Agriculture and seeds" provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.

The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, to genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems, and ultimately to healthy people and communities.

See also  old school weed seeds

Spring Gold Seeds (Lomatium utriculatum)

Occurring from British Columbia to Baja, spring gold is one of the first meadow plants to flower every year – typically first showing off its radiant golden beauty from February to June – depending on the location and elevation.

This handsome little member of the carrot family is a first-rate plant for attracting many types of interesting small native bees, including: the striped miner bee (Andrena angustitarsata), the caerulean mining bee (Andrena caerulea), the green-bellied miner bee (Andrena chlorogaster), Hippotes’s biner Bee (Andrena hippotes), the lupine miner bee (Andrena lupinorum), the rose miner bee (Andrena melanochroa), the small green miner bee (Andrena microchlora), the pale-faced miner bee (Andrena pallidifovea), piper’s miner bee (Andrena piperi), the willow miner bee (Andrena salicifloris), the subtle miner bee (Andrena subtilis), the prickly ceratina (Ceratina acantha), Kincaid’s mason bee (Osmia kincaidii), and numerous other little creatures with no common names: Osmia penstemonis, Andrena nevadensis, Andrena orthocarpi, Andrena forbesii, Andrena frigida, and Andrena gordoni.

Spring gold also attracts numerous beneficial listte syrphid flies and scores of nectaring butterflies. It is also a host plant for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars and for the hemi-parasitic plant, yellow rattle.

Spring gold is ridiculously tolerant of many different conditions: very dry sites with gravel soil, moist soils with heavy clay, windswept embankments, and more. It can tolerate seasonally wet sites in the winter, but needs those sites to dry out in spring and summer. It also will not tolerate extensive shade.

See also  weed with cotton like seeds

Spring gold benefits from cold/moist stratification in out experience so we recommend planting it in the fall. It can be included in spring plantings, and the seed tends to have good viability in the soil, but it will not usually make its first appearance as a seedling until the winter rains return. We successfully grow this plant from seed in deep containers, then plant the young seedlings into meadows the following year.

Spring gold has soft, lacy leaves and it usually stays less than a foot in height. It will produce an edible taproot, and it’s a great companion with common camas, Roemer’s fescue, showy fleabane, and other shorter-stature perennials.