Saturday, June 20, 2009

Seed Sowing: Lemon Balm, Purple Ruffles Basil, Radish

Lemon scented leaves and sprigs used for tea or for flavoring cool drinks. Nice addition to potpourris. Perennial, zones 4-10. Sow in average soil after danger of frost in spring. Sow seeds evenly and thinly and barely cover with fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Thin to stand about 112" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. Large, shiny purple, heavily ruffled leaves. Especially good for herb vinegar, and dramatic as a garnish. Also flavorful fresh or dried. Annual. Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost. Sow seeds about 6" apart and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand about 12" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Harvest when buds begin to form up until frost. Rosy pink roots are 7-8" long with rounded ends. Peppery roots are great in a salad or try young leaves in salads or stir-fries. Harvest in about 35 days. Sow in well-worked soil after danger of frost in early spring, again in late summer for fall crop. In frost free areas, sow in the fall. Sow thinly in rows about 6" apart. Cover with 1/2" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 4-6 days. Thin to stand about 2" apart.

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