Here at the Red House Honey Hothouse we offer select seeds which we grow in our own gardens (chiefly for the benefit of the bees) but which we can, from time to time, offer to our supporters. Many seeds are heirlooms, which is a priority for us; others we grow just because they are beautiful, and because the bees just adore them! We do not apply pesticides or herbicides to our seeds, crops, grass or trees, nor do we support use of neonicotinoids.
Here’s our latest seed offering:
HEIRLOOM Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean a.k.a Cherokee Black Bean.
In the summer of 1838, the Cherokee were rounded up from their farms in the Smokey Mountains and put in prison camps. They were then loaded onto boats that took them via the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers to Indian Territory. Some 4,000 natives died during the winter journey, which became known as the “trail where they cried.”—www.cherokee.org.
This beautiful bean was carried by the Cherokee on that terrible trip. Sow seeds outdoors after last frost in warm soil. Soak seeds for a few hours before planting 1” deep and 2” apart in full sun. Vining bean requires trellis/fence support. Beautiful pinky-purple flowers grow into gorgeous purple beans; harvest when young. Can be dried on the vine and used for baked beans; save some dried beans and plant next year!
From the Red House Honey Hothouse www.redhousehoney.ca
HEIRLOOM Russian Red Kale (Ragged Jack)
Brought to Canada by Russian traders, this heirloom variety was grown pre-1863. Blue-green oak-leaf shaped foliage with red-purple veining & stems. Seed plants grown from organic certified seed.
Can reach 3 feet. Purple colour intensifies after frost, which also improves flavour. Plants may be left outdoors all winter. Directly sow seeds in the garden 2-4 weeks before last frost date or as soon as the ground can be worked spring—or at least 10 weeks before the first frost of the next season. Can be grown in a container. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep in a good layer of compost in full sun. Matures in 40-60 days. Freezes well; great in salads, steamed or stir-fried.
Double Bubble Pink Poppy (Papaver Paeoniflorum )
We’ve grown this pink poppy here at the Red House for several years, and the bees love these massed blooms. Flower heads vary in size from about 25mm-100mm or more! Stems are upright and strong, growing to about 82cm tall. Scatter poppy seed on ordinary worked soil, in full sun, in early fall or as soon as the earth is visible in spring. Press seed lightly into the earth but do not cover. Light watering, being careful not to dislodge the seeds, is beneficial. Fall planting will result in spring blooms; spring planting bestows late summer blooms. Generally grows well in zones 5-8 but may be even hardier. Let us know! Does not transplant well. 226 grams of seed should cover 185 sq.metres in a scattered flower format known as “meadow seeding”. Seed is not edible. Contains approx. 15 g.