We have been growing our own herbs, flowers and vegetables for many years and enjoy educating our followers on social media on how to harvest and save seeds.
Clients are always asking us for seeds and we are now able to offer a small amount seasonally and when we have extra to share. We understand that it is difficult to find seeds that are acclimated to our humid environment and sandy soil.
Our seeds are non GMO, heirloom, untreated, open pollinated, hand collected and naturally air dried. We only select the strongest plants each season to harvest seeds from to then plant again. We do not treat, color or coat with any growth starters or fertilizers. Many of our seeds have been passed down through family generations!
For years, seeds have been scientifically manipulated in such a way that they could not be successfully saved and remain true to form. This was good for the seed companies but bad for people. We encourage you to ask questions, grow your own and learn to save your own seeds and maybe even start your own family seed bank.
The seeds that we offer are not owned or patented by outside corporations nor resold or acquired in bulk from other companies. These are our own 10 to 18 year seed stock. The seeds only come from healthy untreated productive plants. They are clean without weed or grass seeds mixed in.
Storage - Keep your seeds in original kraft paper seed envelope (open storage) in a climate controlled environment, away from sun, moisture and heat. Seeds can easily be saved for 1 year and sometimes longer if the temperature does not fluctuate and they are kept dry and away from humidity. Just keep them in a drawer or cabinet in the house.
Florida is truly unique because it is warm here most of the time. We have a few things that work against us such as extreme heat, occasional frost and hurricanes, in regards to weather. If strategic, growing season can almost be year round. Some plants do require a bit cooler weather (lettuce) and will bolt immediately when we hit a certain temperature. Some plants require a specific month to be planted, such as Hibiscus (roselle). Roselle should be started from seed in April to May but June and July is acceptable with knowing you will have a late crop.
All of our seeds work very well in sandy well drained soil and to be planted at 1/4th inch deep with a light layer to mild, packed down soil to cover it. Plant your seeds, mark them, write down the date of planting and keep soil moist until seed germinates. Most of our seeds germinate within 1-2 weeks. Only the roselle take a little longer and require sometimes up to 3 weeks.
Here on the farm, we only use in-house compost and our own dirt. We do not outsource our soils and never add unnatural enhancements.
When planting "full sun" seeds in the summer (June/July/August), we recommend planting in partial shade. Plant "full sun" seeds in actual full sun from September to May. We plant and grow all the time and not really adhere to strict rules of the seasonal plantings.
Some of the seeds that we can offer seasonally - Arugula, Black Eyed Susan, Calendula, Chickweed, Cilantro, Dill, Elderberry, Green Beans, Lettuce , Loofah, Loquat, Marigold (French) , Pear Guava, Roselle Hibiscus , Sunflower and Zinnia.
Keep in mind that we do not focus on seeds but more on wellness and natural hand made products. We DO focus on sustainability, self help and education. The seeds will be packaged simple with limited stock available.
Elderberry and Guava - Start in pot and plant 2 seeds at a time and thin out strongest seedling. This can be planted year round.
Loofah - Sow direct in soil with ample climbing space. Direct the vine as it matures and train on a trellis or fence. This can be a year round plant but does especially well in the summer months.
Calendula - These will need to be planted almost at the top of the soil. Just barely cover with soil at about 1/16th of an inch. Just enough to cover the seed and keep moist but to not disturb while keeping the soil moist until germination. Use a mist or gentle spray to keep the seed moist until is sprouts. You can plant these year round as they are full sun. During the summer months, they do especially well in a shady area. Excellent as a potted herb or sow directly in the ground and mark your planting.
Dill - Can be planted year round although its season is cooler fall months. Plant in partial shade during the summer months and keep pruned for a bushy plant unless you are looking for its bee friendly yellow clusters of flowers and produce your own dill seed. 1/4th inch deep in soil and keep moist until germinated.
Sunflower - Grow it year round in full sun! 1/4th inch deep, keep soil moist until it germinates. One of the easiest and fastest to grow.
Loquat tree - Best to start this one in a 3 gallon pot and keep it outside in full sun. Keep soil moist until seed germinates. Very hardy and easy to grow.