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Buzzing Gardens with Harris Seeds

We are very excitd to announce Harris Seed has joined us as a guest contributor on our newsletter. For those looking to beekeeping for it's pollination benefits then Harris is here to help you in

Now is the time to start planning for this season's vegetable garden and to order your seed for this spring. Seed supplies are at their best this time of year, and you have plenty of time to plan your garden over these long winter weekends.

Mascotte Bean If you have a large garden to work with, the types of varieties and plant habits that you can grow are not as limiting as for those with smaller gardens, or with only a patio or deck to grow on. Harris Seeds offers many space-saving vegetable seed varieties that are ideal for small gardens and patio/deck container gardening. If you have a small garden, be sure to choose varieties that have a bush-type or space-saving plant habit when ordering.

Cucumber Patio Snaker Consider space-saving plant varieties like Mascotte bean, Salad Bush and Patio Snacker cucumber, Knight and Little Marvel pea, Munchkin and Lil' Pump-Ke-Mon pumpkin and Small Wonder, Bush Delicata, Carnival and Table Ace winter squash. Most summer squash are produced on bush type plants that work well in large containers.

Most leafy greens like lettuce, spinach and Swiss chard, and root crops like beets, carrots, onions and radishes take up very little space. These space-saving plant types allow for denser plantings in small gardens and most work well for container gardening.

Tomato Pepper Eggplant Containers

Peppers and/or eggplants will also grow and produce well in containers. For these crops, you'll want to transplant one plant in a three gallon container. Compact tomato varieties like Primo Red, Bush Early Girl and Pony Express work well in five gallon containers. Again, transplant just one plant per container. Caging or staking these varieties in a traditional small garden is also a great way to save space. If you have very limited space, try Tumbling Tom Red or Yellow tomatoes. These two unique varieties were developed to be grown in hanging baskets (1 plant per 12-15" basket), and can be hung outside just about anywhere you have full sun exposure.
Tomato Tumbling Tom Red
If you do grow in containers, be sure that the containers are large enough to hold the crop you will be growing in them. For leafy crops you will want a container that is 10-12" deep; for root crops choose one that is 12-15" deep; and for tomatoes, peppers and eggplants you will want a container that is 15-20" deep. Watch the soil moisture and fertility closely and be sure that you provide for good drainage in the bottom of the container.

About Harris Seeds

The Harris Seeds company began long ago in 1879 in the fertile Genesee Valley of Western New York. Over the next century, it became a leader in plant breeding, development and distribution of flowers and vegetables for the home garden and professional grower marketplace. Located in Rochester, New York, the company specializes in high quality vegetable and flower seeds, plants and growing supplies. Harris Seeds publishes several catalogs every year, serving both gardeners and growers in the United States. Quality has been the hallmark of the business for over 137 years. It was the very first company in America to test for quality germination and print the results on every package of seed sold. Harris Seeds places extreme importance in providing the finest products available, coupled with service that goes unmatched in the industry.