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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549

Located in the Bay Area, CA, we're a family-owned garden center offering unusual and hard-to-find plants & gifts. Established 1946.

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Time To Plant Your Winter Veggie Seeds!

Lauren Brookhart

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Now is the time to begin sowing seeds for winter picking and we’ve got all the tools to help you grow a bountiful harvest!

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We recommend mixing E.B. Stone Naturals Perlite, a lightweight additive into your existing planting mix to loosen up your soil for sowing. It is also great for aeration and promoting root growth. For a complete blend, use E.B. Stone Organics Seed Starter Mix, containing sphagnum peat moss, perlite, dolomite lime and gypsum, it’s great for starting all your seed types.

We offer a variety of starter trays and sprouting kits in our shop. No matter if you are looking to sow inside or out, we’ve got you covered! A 12qt. bag of our Seed Starter Mix fills a standard 10 x 20 starter tray perfectly and is fool-proof way to get your growing going!

Remember that it’s important to keep your seedlings at the right moisture level to prevent germination problems! Be sure to read the back of your seed packet to ensure your plant is on the correct watering schedule.

Here are a few of our favorite cool season veggie seeds (and gorgeous sweet pea blooms!) that are available in our shop!

Heirloom Broccoli Romanesco

Romanesco is neither and it’s not actually a broccoli, but somewhere between a broccoli and cauliflower, with 5"–6" heads. First noted by Italians in the 16th century, it is now catching the eyes of gourmet chefs. Cooked, Romanesco has a delicious nutty flavor and a texture similar to cauliflower.

  • Days to harvest: 85-100 days
  • Days to emerge: 7-14 days
  • Seed depth: ¼”

Baby Little Finger Organic Heirloom Carrots

Did you know that grocery store baby carrots are actually cut from regular sized carrots? Once you try the sweet flavor and crisp bite of this 3” true baby carrot, you will never look back! Though it tastes great fresh from the garden, Little Finger was developed in France for pickling & canning whole.

  • Days to harvest: 57 days
  • Days to emerge: 10-25 days
  • Seed depth: ¼”

Sweet Pea Knee-High Blends

Annual. The wonderful scent and beauty that delights sweet pea lovers, but with shorter vines. Needs little or no support. Knee-High Blend offers a symphony of colors to brighten up your garden, short trellis or basket. Multiple florets of blossoms that average 1-inch for excellent cut flower bouquets.

  • Days to emerge: 10-21 days
  • Seed depth: 1”
  • Full sun

Early Wonder Organic Heirloom Beets

Early Wonder has it all: tasty, abundant greens, flavorful beets, and early production. An excellent choice. Great for mild climates where multiple crops are possible. The 18" greens are as delicious as chard or spinach and high in vitamins A and C, iron and potassium. Beet seed is actually a dried fruit with 1-5 seeds in each fruit, so proper thinning is very important.

  • Days to harvest: 48 days
  • Days to emerge: 5-21 days
  • Seed depth: ½”

Early Snowball Cauliflower

Available in the United States since 1888, this heirloom variety was introduced by Peter Henderson & Company. A favorite of gardeners for its high-quality, tightly packed heads. Excellent for serving raw, baked, broiled, or steamed, and freezes well for later use. Grows well in a variety of climates, but cauliflower needs cool temperatures for head formation.

  • Days to harvest: 95-100 days
  • Days to emerge: 8-10 days
  • Seed depth: ¼”

We’ve got something for everybody in our shop! Stop in and see what other delectable cool season veggies you can be sowing this month, and be sure to check out our seed supplier Botanical Interests' Outdoor Sowing Guide to plan out the rest of your garden! 

We love Botanical Interests’ Garden Inspiration Coloring Book! Full of gorgeous botanical drawings of what you’ll be harvesting come winter! Check it out here