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Martin’s Garden Annual Plant Sale

April 2020

Our farmer, Maxwell, along with our incredible volunteers have been starting seeds and nursing beautiful plants since early February. Maxwell makes his own potting mix from scratch using 100% organic materials and fertilizers. In addition, the plants have been inoculated with beneficial fungi and sprayed weekly with a biologically active compost tea. All this effort is designed to provide you with the best plant possible for your gardens.

Our availability includes a variety of heirloom and hybrid slicer tomatoes, as well as cherry tomatoes. We will also have hot and sweet peppers, herbs, edible flowers, Japanese eggplant, rainbow chard, kale, romaine lettuce and good ol' southern okra. And new to the garden, we will have a variety of fresh organic flowers for sale!

Finally, we will have OMRI listed compost for sale. BYOB (Bring your own 5-gallon buckets) if you'd like or we will have some for sale if you need a bucket.

Plants are $4 each for small pots with a .25 cent/ per plant discount if you buy 18 or more. So, come on down to the garden. Visit the goats, sheep, and chickens, see how the garden is progressing and grab all the veggies or herb starts your heart and stomach desires! Pick up some flowers too!



Plant Sale List

 

Cherry Tomatoes

Sungold: Hybrid. Produces medium sized, bright orange fruit. Known to be one of the sweetest tomatoes. Great for kids for its candy-like flavor. Very productive. Max’s favorite.

Black Cherry: Open-pollinated. Slow to ripen first fruits, but when they get going will be very productive and have a long harvest period. Heirloom flavor profile. Large Fruits are almost black at first and then ripen deep red.

Supersweet 100: Hybrid. The classic sweet, red cherry tomato. Super prolific with a long harvesting window. Fruits ripen to a classic bright cherry red.


Slicer Tomatoes

Big Beef: Hybrid. Nice combination of size, taste, and earliness. Still unsurpassed as the top choice for fresh market beefsteak tomatoes. Large fruits average 10-12 oz.


German Johnson: Open pollinated, more vigorous, higher yielding Brandywine type. Recommended for higher productivity in a pink heirloom. Earlier, more uniform, and slightly smaller than Brandywine at 8-16 oz. Fruits have lots of deep, acidic tomato flavor and a rich, creamy texture.


Martha Washington: Hybrid tomato with heirloom flavor. Grows under varied weather conditions. Fruits ripen with a pink hue. “Soft, melting texture.” Max fell in love with this tomato after adding wedges to black bean quesadillas. Breathtaking.

Juanne Flamme: French Heirloom, racing orange saladette. 1.5”-2” fruits. Tangy and sweet like a sungold but in bigger form. Fruits form in clusters of 5-6. Easily one of Max’s favorite tomatoes.

Cherokee Purple: Timeless Heirloom. Famously rich flavor and texture. Patty-like fruits ripen with deep pink to purple color and can weigh 8-12 oz.

Brandywine: Heirloom. Known to be one of the best tasting heirlooms available. Fruits ripen bright red and skin remains smooth. Fruits often weigh over 16oz.


Sweet Peppers

Carmen: Hybrid version of Corno Di Toro (bull horn). Very productive. Large, upright plants. Fruits have thick flesh, ripen fire engine red, are very sweet, and average 6” long. Max’s favorite sweet pepper.


Escamillo: Bright yellow version of Carmen. Very striking when the two are mixed into salads.


Islander: Hybrid bell pepper. Very productive. Fruits start out bright purple and thin fleshed and ripen yellow to red with thicker flesh. This variety is an excellent stuffing pepper when purple because of its reduced cooking time and mild flavor.


Lunchbox: The name says it all. Plants form large quantities of yellow, orange, and red fruits averaging 2 inches in length and have little to zero seeds inside. Great for snacking on raw or for hassle free roasting. Slow to ripen but prolific when established.


Medium & Hot Peppers


Baron: Hybrid Ancho pepper. Medium heat. The classic chili relleno pepper. Fruits remain green when ripe and have an average size of 5”x3”. Perfect pepper for stuffing with just a touch of heat in the seed pocket.

Jalafuego: Hybrid  jalapeno. Variety is suited to early plantings. Typically picked while still green, but will ripen red which adds sweetness to the heat. One plant can yield pounds of peppers by the end of the season.


Cayenne: Open pollinated. Long and slim fruits ripen bright red and have more heat than a jalapeno, but less than habaneros. Can be used in cooking, homemade hot sauce or pepper vinegar, and the peppers dry beautifully and can be ground into a powder for dishes and marinades.

Cucurbits

Zephyr Summer Squash: Hybrid. Ultra-productive. Fruits are bi-colored yellow and green and best harvested at 4”-6”. Edible blossoms can be harvested as well.

Dunja Zucchini: Hybrid zucchini. Very productive, slender green fruits. Allow plenty of space (3-4 ft.) for this very large plant.

Marketmore Cucumber: Industry standard cucumber. Plants are very disease resistant in well aerated gardens. Productive.

Maxpack Cucumber: Perfect pickling cucumber. Fruits have small seed cavity which is ideal for pickling.

Lemon Cucumber: Open pollinated. Plants produce small, rounded, pale yellow cucumbers. Good for salads as well as pickles. Pick fruits when they are 1 ½”-2 ½” round. NOTE: Very late to begin bearing.


Flowers, Herbs, Okra, Eggplant, Romaine

Borage: Large plants bear hundreds of small, edible, iridescent flowers, mostly blue and some pink. Long harvest period. Borage flowers attract bees and butterflies and have a mild cucumber flavor.

Jewel Nasturtium: Edible flowers and petals. Plant has a sprawling growth habit. Unique, peppery flavor. Adds beautiful color and texture to salads and dishes.

Flat Leaf Parsley: Preferred by chefs. More pungent flavor than its curly counterpart.

Santo Cilantro: Classic cilantro. Roots, stems, leaves, flowers, green seeds, and mature seeds are all edible. Can be allowed to self seed if plants are left to over-winter.

Clemson Spineless Okra: Productive okra variety known to stay tender at larger pod sizes.

Orient Express (Eggplant): Japanese style eggplant produces long, slender fruits with a thin skin. Plant grows in varied weather conditions. Japanese varieties of eggplant are known to be more tender with intense flavor.

Annina (Eggplant): traditional teardrop Italian eggplant. Performs just as you expect a hybrid to, but with the aesthetic and flavor of the most cherished heirloom.  Beautiful white and purple striped fruit offer gratifying harvests from vigorous plants with no spines.

Jericho Romaine Lettuce: Green romaine lettuce. produces a large, upright head of lettuce weighing up to 16oz.


Basil

Genovese: Traditional italian sweet basil. Great for classic pesto, bruschetta, margarita, pizza, etc. High resistance to downy mildew.

Marigold (Giant Orange and Yellow): Bright orange and yellow edible flowers. Continuously harvesting flowers encourages bloom production Large flower heads, avg. 3", sit atop sturdy plants. These giant marigolds are prolific producers for cuts as well as excellent garden performers.

Ornamental Flowers

Scabiosa: (Salmon Rose, Snowmaiden, Fire King, Oxford Blue) Want a more abundant tomato harvest? Try planting pincushion (Scabiosa) flowers as a companion to tomatoes in order to attract bumblebees. Why? Tomatoes are self-pollinating plants, meaning they have both the male and female parts necessary to produce fruit in each flower. The pollen falls from the male stamen onto the female stigma and the pollination eventually produces a tomato. When a bumblebee visits a tomato flower, its buzzing motion increases the action. This can result in more and larger tomatoes. These colored flowers stand tall on strong, slender stems. A dramatic addition to any bouquet or garden

Dahlias: We are thrilled to offer dahlia plants this year! A fun and flirty mix of beautiful dahlias in assorted colors! Beautiful blooms for cutting or container gardening, Dahlias are easy to grow and versatile and Melody Dahlias are all generally about 2 feet tall making them perfect for almost any situation!

Zinnias (Jazzy Mix): Jazzy Mix is similar to Persian Carpet but with a wider range of colors. Attractive fully-double and semidouble blooms are 1-2" in size. Bright but earthy tones add unique accents to specialty bouquets. Bicolor blooms in shades of burgundy red, red, yellow, and orange with cream, red, or yellow tips.

Zinnia (Benary's Giant Mix)

The premium zinnia. Recommended by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. Vigorous all-season producers hold up well in summer rain and heat all over the country. Densely petaled blooms are up to 6" across. Long-lasting standouts in bouquets. Colors include: deep red, orange, carmine rose, coral, lime, wine, purple, bright pink, white, salmon rose, scarlet, and golden yellow. Ht. 40–50"

Dianthus (Volcano Mix): A Range of colors for single bunches or mixed bouquets. First-year flowering; best grown as an annual. 2-4½" blooms have a sweet fragrance. Mixture includes shades of red, purple, pink, and coral.