Here we go, it’s that time again!
Applebean Farm is offering ready-to-plant packages of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers for your garden. We are offering several packages. Early, cool season crops and later, warm season crops, or a flat of just herbs and/or companion/edible flowers.
Herbs and flowers can be mixed into either of the veggie packages as long the seasonal timing works out. (Example: Parsley and coriander love cool weather but basil *must* wait for warm weather)
Cool season crop packages will be ready approx. 6 weeks from time of order. The sooner you order the better! Warm season crops will be ready mid to late May.
I know, I know, there’s that whole thing about planting tomatoes on Mother’s day, but 18 years of gardening in the PNW has taught me that the plants will survive the long, cool, wet springs, but only just. They don’t really take off until the weather gets nice. In June. Don’t let the garden centers fool you! The first part of June is when I plant out my warm season stuff and I don’t have to worry about cold nights and soggy, slug infested soil.
A package consists of a 72 cell pack with up to eight varieties of your choice! In case that sounds like too many plants. It isn’t. There is NO SUCH THING, HA! No, really, most of these plants grow very nicely in compact beds and bundles. This is a good idea for small kitchen gardens. The plants will be smaller but will produce over a longer time frame. Just right for harvesting a meal at a time.
Our seeds are open-pollinated heirloom seeds grown in organic seedling medium and given organic snacks and TLC. All of our seed varietals are chosen to be early finishers for our northern climate. Make your own custom mix, or tell us what things you want and let us choose a delicious and colorful assortment for you.
Tray packs are $40.00 each. Half flats of just peas or allium starts are only $15.00. You will receive healthy, organically grown starts in mid- spring through early summer just ready and waiting to meet your garden. All you have to do is amend a nice spot with some fresh compost and you’re ready to go! Because we are growing to order, we are requesting a deposit of 50% of the total, with balance due at delivery. At this time, we prefer Paypal or cash. We now have pick-ups at the farm, downtown Clatskanie and North Portland ( Portland Village School), other locations will certainly be considered as needed.
***DISCLAIMER*** We are not a certified organic farm nor are we seeking to be. It is cost prohibitive for the micro-farmer. I’ll save you my political big-business rant!
HOWEVER, we do use NOP (National Organic Program) approved organic materials, amendments and fertilizers. We DO NOT USE ANY synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Instead we employ the use of good culture, crop rotations, companion plantings, beneficial herbs, flowers and insects, green manures, cover crops, compost and good old-fashioned manure. We care about our soil, our planet and the health of our customers. This is the food we feed our small children and we feel very good about it, you can too. ******
Our seed assortment includes, but is not limited to:
COOL SEASON ASSORTMENT
Sugar Snap Pole, and numerous English bush peas, Tall telephone
scallions, sweet and storage onions- all colors, plus leeks
Purple and Green Sprouting as well as Waltham 29 which makes compact heads, all good choices for kitchen gardening.
Purple of Sicily, Snowball, Green Macerata (sometimes called Minaret broccoli)
Too many to list them all!- Green ball, Chinese, Bok Choy, Savoyed (curly leaves), red, ox heart, loose leaf, Brussel Sprouts etc.
Oodles of choices- Green Loose Leaf, Romaines, Oak leaf, Reds, Speckled, Butter Head, Endive, Radicchio, Cress, Iceberg, Corn Salad (Mache), Chicory ( dandelion)and my personal favorite: Applebean Mix – a nice assortment of picking lettuces with a hint of spice.
Swiss Chard- all colors, Collards, Mustard ( green and red), Spinach, Pak Choy and various other Asian greens, Mustard (green or red,) Kale (green or purple- Ragged Jack)
Flat Leaf Italian Parsley, Moss Leaf Curly, cilantro, chervil, tarragon, chives, arugula, dill
WARM SEASON ASSORTMENT
Note: warm season assortments may contain any of the cool season stuff with the exception of spinach, celery, and peas. Varieties of lettuces/greens will be chosen for bolt resistance. Onions/leeks will do better when planted earlier or waiting until fall. We will be offering fall starts later in the season.
D= determinant ( compact bushy plant) ID= In-determinant ( rangy growers that need pruning and staking or trellising)
We have numerous varieties, nearly all early finishers. But here are are a few of our favorites:
Black Cherry ID ( Applebean Farm’s hands down favorite, rarely made out it of the greenhouse in fact.)
Black Krim D
Seattle’s Best of All, Sub-Artic Plenty, Thessoloniki, D- These three are stellar performers of early, red, all purpose tomatoes. Seattle’s Best is particularly good for canning
San Marzano and Amish Paste ID- both canning/sauce types
Tigerella ID -small, ping pong ball sized striped tom. VERY prolific and super tasty with a natural saltiness
Thai Pink Egg ID -yes, a truly pink tom the size and shape of a bantam egg. Cute as hell.
White Currant ID- very prolific
Reisenstraube – ID but stays fairly compact – large clusters of red cherry toms
Golden Jubilee ID- medium to large toms that are firm and solidly deep gold all the way through. Tasty and beautiful.
Other types include:
striped: green, red and orange
rainbow colors: black, purple, yellow, orange, red, pink, white varieties
cherry types in various colors
plum/roma/banana types of yellow, red, orange, green and striped
Brandywine- this and Black Krim are about the only large beefsteak type tomatoes I grow as our season is too short and they tend to split before ripening
Sweets: Mini bells, long sweets, browns, purples, yellows and reds, Italian frying peppers
Hots: Hungarian Wax, Tams (mild jalapenos,) Indian Jwala, Serrano,Cayenne, Tomato, Sante Fe Grande, Black Hungarian
numerous types: small, large, elongated and round; greens, pinks, whites, purples and orange and black
Melons *must* be given a very warm sunny spot in which to grow. They need very fertile soil, rich in bulky organic material. They don’t like winds and dislike cool nights even more. Growing over black mulch with a row cover at night will increase your chances of getting ripe fruit before the nice weather is gone. Short season watermelons will probably fair better then the ‘lopes but hey, this cool northern climate has never stopped me from trying! Fruit is ripe when it slips easily from the vine, but not before.
I have several varieties of Icebox or Sugar Baby type watermelons- yellow, white and pink fleshed and several varieties of cantaloupes chosen for northern climes.
Basils: Sweet Italian, Genovese, Thai, Sacred Purple, Purple Opal
Marigolds: Lemon Gem, Tangerine Gem ( I could not live without these sweet smelling, delightful companion plants
Nasturiums, Chives, Tarragon, Parsley, Cilantro, Hyssop, Arugula, Dill
Winter: Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti, Stripetti, Sweet Dumpling, Sweet Meat, Red Kuri, Golden Delicious, Long Island Cheese, Black Futsu, Turk’s Cap
Pumpkins: Sugar Pie, Jack Be Little, Connecticut Field
Summer: scalloped-green and yellow and white, zukes-yellow, green, silver, black, crookneck, straight neck, Ronde de Nice
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order